When the Prime Minister introduced a return to stricter anti-covid19 measures on Might 7, meals vendor Nattlie Hamilton’s life was thrown into turmoil.
Her three-year-old enterprise, Lizzy’s Bake and Shark, in Pigeon Level, didn’t take pleasure in a lot income, however she was nonetheless capable of pay her lease, put meals on the desk and customarily help herself.
Now, Hamilton mentioned she is gravely involved about her future.
“I’m not motivated any extra for a variety of causes,” she mentioned in an interview on Tuesday.
The measures Dr Rowley introduced to curb the alarming unfold of covid19 included restrictions on motion and non-essential exercise.
As was the case in the course of the first nationwide lockdown in mid-March 2020, restaurateurs and meals distributors had been among the many casualties.
The restrictions, which had been supposed to finish on Might 23, have been prolonged to July 4.
To compound issues, the Authorities applied a state of emergency (SoE) on Might 15, which additional restricts motion throughout curfew hours, from 9pm to 5am.
The SoE was prolonged for 3 months.
Hamilton, who’s in her early 40s, mentioned the enterprise is her solely supply of revenue.
“At present, I’m not doing something. It was my solely type of revenue. It (covid19 restrictions) has affected me in a good way as a result of I’m a bit stagnant proper now.”
Saying she is determined, Hamilton mentioned she has been making an attempt to entry reduction help via the THA Division of Well being, Wellness and Household Growth.
“I attempted to use for the help grant a few days in the past on my telephone however I get some issue in filling out the shape.”
She mentioned a pal helps her to finish the shape on-line.
Hamilton advised Newsday she acquired rental and revenue help over the past lockdown.
Hamilton mentioned her landlady has already given her discover to go away her $2,000 monthly, one-bedroom condo on Retailer Bay Native Street by June 7 if she can’t provide you with the lease.
The lady mentioned she doesn’t blame the landlady for her stance as she already owes her excellent cash.
Hamilton, who’s from Trinidad, moved to Tobago in 2015.
She mentioned though she has household dwelling on the island, she doesn’t know them effectively.
Hamilton mentioned she began Lizzy’s Bake and Shark with no important capital and used the cash she made to reinvest and help herself.
“I used to be relying on no matter I gained from the enterprise to assist me via my ups and downs.”
Though Lizzy’s Bake and Shark was a go-to spot for locals and vacationers venturing to Pigeon Level or the favored, secluded seashore often called the Swallows, it was established at a time when Tobago was experiencing dwindling customer arrivals.
This resulted in fewer gross sales.
Hamilton mentioned since its inception, her enterprise has been an “financial roller-coaster.”
She added: “Throughout the three years since I opened, I’ve needed to shut down a number of instances due to difficulties.”
Throughout that interval, Hamilton mentioned she was pressured to work for different individuals to make ends meet.
She mentioned by the point the primary lockdown got here into impact, “issues in my enterprise had been actual sluggish.”
Hamilton mentioned the most recent covid19 restrictions “has principally left me able of zero.
“If I had financial savings, I might not be on this place proper now.”
Hamilton mentioned her future doesn’t look vivid.
“I don’t have choices proper now – all people is on their very own.”
Hamilton just isn’t contemplating returning to Trinidad right now.
She mentioned whereas she is prepared to search for a job, she is aware of it is going to be troublesome.
“Individuals are not likely hiring proper now as a result of the entire place is on lockdown.”
Ideally, although, she prefers to work for herself.
“However generally issues simply don’t work out how you propose it.”
On the post-executive council information convention on Might 5, Chief Secretary Ancil Dennis mentioned the THA will spend some $25 million on reduction initiatives to help weak residents who’ve been affected by the covid19 restrictions.
“As Chief Secretary, I need to decide to the individuals of Tobago that we’ll proceed to do our half, in fact, collectively as a physique and whilst people, one other $25 million will probably be recognized to proceed to offer that sort of help to the individuals of Tobago,” he mentioned.
Household and counselling help hotlines have additionally been established on the Division of Well being, Wellness and Household Growth to help weak residents with meals help and rental help.