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Police give strict guidelines to doubles vendors



There was a heavy po­lice pres­ence on Ari­api­ta Av­enue this morn­ing, as dou­bles ven­dors re­opened for the first time in over two months. 

“Tell your pa­trons sit in their ve­hi­cles,” one woman po­lice of­fi­cer told the ven­dors of Sauce on the Ave

As the line got longer out­side Sauce on the Ave one po­lice of­fi­cer warned the ven­dors about their cus­tomers con­gre­gat­ing and dis­obey­ing the COVID-19 guide­lines. She told them no more than five peo­ple should be in the line at one time. 

“Ah (sic) com­ing back here and shut­down this op­er­a­tion,” she told them. 

Af­ter her vis­it one of the ven­dors was seen send­ing peo­ple back to their ve­hi­cles and ask­ing them to so­cial dis­tance as he en­sured that the line did not ex­ceed the lim­it. 

But even with that cap, the flow did not slow down as peo­ple con­tin­u­ous­ly joined the line for their favourite street food. 

One man told Guardian Me­dia that he could not wait for to­day and planned to vis­it five dou­bles ven­dors through­out the morn­ing. 

“This is my third dou­bles stand I pass by. I don’t know if I go have room af­ter these here to pass by a next one,” he said. 

The line was al­so long at Josh Best Dou­bles in St. James.  Bob, a dou­bles ven­dor for over 30 years, said he was glad to make an in­come again. 

“You must be hap­py to be work­ing,” he said. 

His col­league, Robin Chris­t­ian, shared a sim­i­lar sen­ti­ment. He said they an­tic­i­pat­ed a huge crowd this morn­ing and were do­ing all they can to en­sure pro­to­cols were ad­hered to. 

At George & Son on Car­los Street, just af­ter 9 am, the ven­dors in­formed their cus­tomers wait­ing in line that they were on their last. 

One woman said she woke up at 5:30 am to en­sure she got her dou­bles to­day.