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KFC Nassau lays off 35 employees

Kentucky Fried Chicken in New Providence was forced to send home 35 employees from nine locations due to Covid-19 restrictions.

The company says the reduced operating hours brought on by the Competent Authority’s 10pm curfew have been bad for business.

“For almost a year now, the curfews imposed on New Providence have severely impacted sales and revenue,” said Nina Maynard, Human Resources Director.

“We have made adjustments throughout this pandemic in order to keep everyone employed but unfortunately we now find ourselves in the position where this very difficult move is simply unavoidable,” she explained.

KFC isn’t the only business confused by the ongoing curfew.

Though the Minnis Administration continues to boast of significantly reducing the number of new Covid-19 cases and has expressed hope of becoming the first country to declare it is covid free, the 10pm nightly curfew remains in place and the state of emergency was extended to the end of May.

Some have questioned whether the curfew is now being used as a deterrent to crime as opposed to curbing the spread of the virus.

In the meantime, restrictions are sending more Bahamians to the unemployment line while government officials continue to enjoy two salaries and many perks.

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