Hot dogs, cold sales

March 17, 2020
Kerry-Ann Porter has been experiencing a downturn in business since the first case of COVID-19 was detected on the island.
Kerry-Ann Porter has been experiencing a downturn in business since the first case of COVID-19 was detected on the island.

Hot dog vendor Kerry-Ann Porter sat in the shade of Central Plaza in Half-Way Tree, St Andrew, a few steps away from her cart. This is unusual for the vendor because just last week she would be serving up dozens of sausage sandwiches to persons as a midday snack.

"The place really slow now because some of the stores on the plaza lock. School is out so that is a next thing. People nah traffic through the place like one time because people a lock in," Porter said.

Many Jamaicans have been heeding the warning to stay away from crowded spaces. This has resulted in fewer persons on the streets or in public places. Commerce has taken a hit but Porter is not prepared to call it a day until the worse has passed.

"I come out at my usual hours trying to earn a dollar. Mi feel like say if you fearful, you a guh catch it," said Porter, who sanitises the hands of her few customers as part of the service she now offers. "Mi a pray that this ting pass so tings can get back normal," she said.

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