Wednesday 15 July, 2020

MP calls on PM to lock down call centre in Hanover

Ian Hayles

Ian Hayles

Member of Parliament for Hanover Western, Ian Hayles is calling on Prime Minister Andrew Holness to shutter the only call centre operating in the parish to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Over 600 persons are employed at the Collective Solutions call centre located in Sandy Bay in the parish.

"There is still one call centre within Hanover and I am appealing to you (prime minister) to close it. Let's not risk the lives of the citizens of Hanover with the coronavirus... I am asking you close the call centre in Hanover," Hayles said in a video.

There is no reported COVID-19 case in Hanover, which is currently under a state of emergency.

Hayles is also calling on the prime minister to close the border in order to deny entry to persons possibly fleeing from St Catherine, which is currently under lockdown.

"And while you (prime minister) are at it (closing the call centre), you see just like how we are under a state of emergency now, you can close the border.  We have zero cases in Hanover; we want to work with the Government in ensuring that we keep it at zero. So we are asking you for two things, one is close the borders and number two is shut down the BPO in Hanover. 

"Let's not make what happened in St Catherine, happen in Hanover. Enough is enough, let's shut it (BPO operation) down," Hayles said.

Of the 173 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Jamaica, over 80 are workers at the Alorica  call centre in Portmore, St Catherine.

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