Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley at the post cabinet media breifying on Monday
By Prior Beharry
CHURCHES remain closed and bars and restaurants will continue with only takeaway service.
This was the announcements made by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley at a news conference at the Diplomatic Centre in St Ann’s on Saturday to deal with Trinidad and Tobago’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
He said after consultation with medical personnel, only some restrictions will be lifted:
- Public gatherings increased to a maximum of ten people from five;
- Funerals could have up to 20 people;
- Six flights per day to Tobago. This is up from two.
- Public servants remain on 50% rotation. Dr Rowley said he has received disappointing reports of abuse with this roster of public servants. He has therefore advised the head of the public service to have a written roster of public servants in each department. The prime minister said public servants who were absent will face the consequences included no pay;
- Tours will be allowed at the Buccoo Reef in Tobago and at the Caroni Swamp in Trinidad with proper protocols being observed;
- Churches remain closed;
- Bar and restaurants remain open but continue with only takeaway service;
- No team and contact sports
Dr Rowley said these measures will be revisited on October 24 and would relax them if the downward trend of Covid-19 cases continue.