Vendors in Kingstown who are registered with the town board could be eligible for income support under the government COVID-19 stimulus package.
Minister of Finance, Camillo Gonsalves told a press conference, on Wednesday, that persons in the informal sector are eligible for interim assistance benefit
“If you are a vendor, and you are registered with Town Board — my understanding is that there are about 600 such vendors operating in St. Vincent and Grenadines — you are also eligible for $200 a month … for three months in the first instance…”
Many vendors in the nation’s capital have seen a drastic fall in sales as fewer persons are entering the city, while those who do, spend shorter periods as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The finance minister said that the situation would be reviewed after three months.
Gonsalves said: “If you are registered with Town Board, you apply at Town Board starting on Monday, when there’ll be a form to fill out, they will establish that you’re registered with Town Board, they’ll make the necessary evaluations and you are eligible for $200 a month for three months.”