Stalls opposite Georgetown Public Hospital to be dismantled if vendors defy final warning to move- Edghill

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Minister of Public Works, Juan Edghill

Vendors who are using areas on New Market Street between Thomas and East Streets have been given a final warning by the Ministry of Public Works to remove all erected temporary booths, sheds, carts, caravans, motor vehicles, and other vending-related containers.

The Ministry claims that these sellers have been impeding traffic near the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), the main public health facility in the country. The vendors would have gotten “Violation Notices” prior to the last warning, giving them seven (7) days to depart the area.

The seven-day window is over, and vendors are notified that crews from the ministry will begin the removal process today, December 12, 2022.

Minister of Public Works, Juan Edghill, has reiterated that this type of illegal activity cannot continue because vending in this area significantly increases traffic dangers and congestion.

“Health and safety must be a priority for all Guyanese, we have to try harder and we have to be conscious of what is right practice and what is a wrong practice, there are times ambulances and other emergency vehicles will be trying to enter the gates at GPHC and from the vehicles parking indiscriminately, to these vending stalls taking up the parapets in its way, we cannot allow this to continue,” Minister Edghill noted. 

If vendors are unable to remove vending structures on their own, they can make arrangements with the Ministry’s staff to do so.

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