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2nd Bar Owner Charged for Operating During Covid-19 Lockdown

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Ernest Todd…charged for operating bar during Covid-19 lockdown

A second bar owner has been charged for operating a bar during the period of lockdown to fight the Covid-19 lockdown.

Police charged Ernest Todd, the owner of Larry’s Bar at First Street, Dow Village California, on Monday for allegedly the Public Health (2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-Cov) Regulations, which states that it is an offence, during the period March 21 to April 30, 2020, for any person, to conduct the business of a bar, whether or not the person is a licensed person under the Liquor Licences Act.

Police said on Sunday, officers of the Central Divisional Task Force, South Unit, were on mobile patrol in the Couva district, when they warned Todd about entertaining customers and selling alcoholic drinks at his business place. He gave the assurance that he would comply with the law.

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However, around 1.30pm on Monday Sgt Thompson received information and returned to the said establishment, along with officers of the CDTF South Unit.

The officers observed about 13 persons, buying and consuming alcoholic beverages on the said compound.

People were also seated around several tables consuming alcoholic beverages, police said.

Todd was charged at the Couva Police Station.

He is the second person to be charged for the offence. Daryl Sirju was also charged for a similar offence last Friday. He was granted $1,000 bail at the Couva Police Station is expected to appear before a Couva Magistrate on Wednesday.

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