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Directions on Micro and Small Businesses Released

May 14, 2020

Department of Small Business Development

Directions designed to assist micro and small businesses trading in permitted services to comply with Disaster Management Act Regulations have been published.

The small business development department published the Directions in Government Gazette 43306.

Permitted businesses covered in the Directions include small scale bakeries and confectioneries; small scale hardware stores; informal restaurants and shisanyamas for home deliveries only; trades, herein referred to as artisanry businesses, necessary for rendering emergency repair work, including plumbers, electricians, locksmiths, glaziers, roof repair work, tow trucks, vehicle recovery and automobile repairs (motor mechanics), including small-scale vehicle services centres/ workshops, small-scale motor body repair shops, and fitment centres; sole traders within the clothing and textiles and confectionery business; and cooperatives operating under permitted businesses in line with the Regulations.

No-one can enter a formal or informal small business without wearing a cloth face mask, a homemade item or another appropriate item that covers the nose and mouth.

According to the Directions, all other small businesses not mentioned must apply for permits to operate their businesses.

Informal, micro and small businesses required to possess trading permits or business licences and currently trading without permits must apply for temporary permits to continue trading.

All formal and informal small businesses or sole proprietors are required to have a permit to perform essential or permitted services as per Form 2 of the Regulations.

The directions came into effect on the date of publication.