ONE business owner in Port-of-Spain was issued a $25,000 fixed penalty notice for breaching the Safe Zone regulation that only 50% capacity was allowed at establishments on Wednesday.
Police reported that the owner was operating at 90%.
Police stated that the owner’s penalty notice was the third to be issued to a business owner for such an offence. The first two tickets were issued to one operator at a Princes Town bar.
The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) in a release stated that on Wednesday an inspection exercise at nine restaurants and bars along Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook was carried out by the Port-of-Spain Division Safe Zone Inspection Unit.
The exercise was executed from 12 noon to 9.15pm and police inspected the business places, and the vaccination cards of 75 management and staff personnel, and 79 patrons.
Senior Superintendent of the Port-of-Spain Division, Terrance Nobbee is assuring owners and patrons that the intent of the exercises was not to cause any inconveniences, but to ensure everyone’s safety. He said the inspection exercises are being supplemented by foot and mobile patrols, as the TTPS monitors and responds to the increase of the commercial activities with the lifting of regulations.
Nobbee said the Division will uphold the regulations set out by the Public Health Ordinance and will take a zero tolerance approach if the regulations are disregarded.
The TTPS also commended the Port-of-Spain restaurateurs and bar owners for their adherence and encouraged similar establishments to continue to adhere to the Public Health Regulations.