Street vendors will be allowed to ply their trade in the borough of Chaguanas from Monday.
However, vendors will be restricted to Marc Street and will be monitored by the police.
No vending would be allowed on the Chaguanas Main Road, police said.
Chaguanas Mayor Gopaul Boodhan and ASP Richard Smith toured the Chaguanas Main Road and Marc Street over the weekend to assess the area which will be used to accommodate street vendors and shoppers for the last week of shopping.
Smith said in order to facilitate this plan the traffic flow would be altered temporarily.
He said traffic heading East along Eleanor Street, the road at the back of the Chaguanas Market, will be allowed to turn North onto the Old Southern Main Road and onto the Chaguanas Main Road in a bid to alleviate traffic.
No vehicles will be allowed to travel along Marc Street.
Smith said to deter purse snatchers and other criminals from targeting shoppers there will be police officers, in uniform and civilian wear, on duty in the main shopping areas. Boodhan said safety remains as the number one priority.
He added that vendors can also use the Vendor’s Mall and various flea markets to peddle their goods.
“We understand the plight of the people who have lost their jobs and we are willing to assist these people but we don’t want them to break the law and we are guided by whatever decision the police is willing to take to ensure the safety and security of burgesses and shoppers,” he added.
Reporter: Shastri Boodan