The Trade and Business Licence Unit issued cease and desist orders, dated 31 January, to vendors on Wednesday, 6 February.
The order reads: “The Trade and Business Licensing Unit of the Department of Commerce and Investment advises you to cease and desist all business activities until you have received relevant permission from all of the required government authorities.”
The notice goes on to say that unlicensed vendors are in breach of the Trade and Business Licensing Law, an offence which carries penalties of a fine of $5,000 or imprisonment of 12 months.
The crackdown on unlicensed vendors was originally scheduled to be carried out in January but was postponed.
The beachside vendors argue that they cannot get a Trade and Business Licence for their operations because no licences are being issued that would allow them to carry out business on the beach.
For more on this story, read Friday’s Caymanian Compass.