San Fernando food workers relieved to return to work
RELIEF was the sentiment most shared by workers in the food and beverage industry in San Fernando when asked what they thought about finally returning to work on Monday.
On April 6, the Prime Minister announced the closure of all restaurants to help fight the covid19 virus. Food trucks and roadside vendors were still allowed to operate, but after large crowds began to gather at these businesses, these were also closed on May 3.
As of Monday, these businesses can reopen, but no on-site restaurants are allowed – only take-out, delivery, and curbside pickup / drive.
Every worker interviewed by Newsday said these jobs were their only source of income.
Subway, High Street manager Josanne said as she spent more time with her family during the shutdown, “I missed it.
“When the Prime Minister announced that the places to eat were going to reopen, I was relieved. The bills don’t go away so I was very relieved and the other workers are very happy.
A TGI Fridays employee, said Gulf View, despite reduced working hours, she is grateful that she can finally work again.
“Some are better than nothing,” she said.
When asked if the job would be less stressful without meals there, she said she thought so.
The employees were in the building from 7 a.m. to clean up and prepare for the reopening.
Victoria, an employee of Burger King, Gulf View, said she was feeling very excited. She said she lives with her parents, but “I really felt it for people who have to pay rent and things like that. It hasn’t been easy for them.”
She said she and her colleagues watched all the press conferences in hopes of eventually hearing some good news.
Interestingly, a Pizza Hut employee told Newsday, “I could have done with two weeks again,” as he enjoyed chilling out at home. But he said many of his colleagues “survived on grants,” so he’s glad they can make money again.