She said, “We have seen improvements and we continue to look at ways we can get persons back to street vending. We have been trying to see what we can do in allow them to commence vending, without compromising the health and safety of the persons who are going to consume that food.” She pointed out that the island’s legislation has to be reviewed in that regard, and hopefully, vending can resume by mid-December.
She explained, “We are looking at King George the Fifth Street and Cork Street. We believe these two streets are the areas that are in a better condition from the Bath Road end to the end at Old Street. We are looking at that block from King George 5th Street to Cork Street, down Bath Road, and go up Old Street. So we are looking at that block, to begin with.” However, she said, there are a number of things vendors must do before they begin operating.
She noted that vendors must first register with the Environmental Health Department, and there must be an inspection of the vendor’s home, from the perspective of food preparations, “As we know in street vending, a lot of the pre-preparation begins at home. We need to know what are the conditions at the home before we move forward.” She stated that the department will work with others, such as the city council, to identify suitable areas for the vendor.