Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith. Photo: Azlan Mohammed
THERE are to be absolutely no parties to usher in the New Year at hotels, restaurants and bars as the countdown to midnight begins.
In a statement by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith said he was aware that several hotels and restaurants were planning the customary countdown parties.
He reminded owners and operators of such establishments that the Public Health Ordinance Regulations stated clearly that those places must close at 10 pm. There are to also be no congregating outside those premises.
Griffith said, “Those places which are openly advertising their events for tonight, please be advised that the TTPS will be visiting you. I have noticed that in one case, a hotel has advertised to the public that persons can ring in the New Year at the waterfront.
“There is another case where a restaurant has advertised that patrons can have a quiet dinner before the countdown begins.”
Such events were contrary to the regulations and the owners and operators should cancel, Griffith said.
He said the TTPS will be out in full force on Thursday night to ensure that persons in their exuberance do not flout the regulations and cause the Covid-19 virus statistics to increase in the coming days.
And Griffith added that police patrols in all nine divisions will be increased over the next three days to ensure that people adhere to the regulations.