Mayor of Montego Bay Homer Davis says the St. James Municipal Corporation is not opposed to new requests by business operators seeking an ease in the closing hours under the State of Emergency in the parish.
Small businesses and events promoters have been lobbying the Mayor and the security forces for an adjustment.
A nightclub operator was fined $50,000 last week after he pleaded guilty to operating his establishment beyond the stipulated closing hours.
In an interview with RJR News on Wednesday, Mr. Davis said a meeting will be held shortly to discuss the concerns of business operators.
"We are not averse to consider (sic) any new request but the request has to be in conformity with what the security forces agreed to because remember, it's a State of Emergency where the security forces are the ones who dictate opening and closing hours," Mayor Davis explained.
While he is prepared to hold talks with the business operators, the Mayor insisted the State of Emergency is having a positive effect in St. James and he will not do anything to disrupt the efforts of the security forces.