New restrictions announced, persons warned about gatherings in private spaces

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    New restrictions have been announced and persons have been warned that parties and large gatherings in private spaces can be shut down by the police. 

    This, as COVID-19 infections continue to rise in T&T.

    Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley spoke today, after a virtual COVID-19 Response Meeting with the Ministries of Health and National Security.

    As of midnight tonight until May 23rd, the following restrictions will be in place:

    The PM also clarified that street foods have been left for the time being, however fast food outlets, inclusive of their drive thru services, will be closed.

    Also, despite gyms being closed, outdoor exercising and activities can continue, with precautions to be followed.

    Meanwhile with regard to gatherings in private spaces, Dr Rowley says the Public Health Act allows the police to intervene if necessary.

    Regarding the socio-economic impact, the Prime Minister reiterated a previous comment that help from the state would not be as forthcoming as last year.

    Regarding the spike in infections, Dr Rowley reminded that the figures are just confirmed cases.

    He reminds that there may be some persons who are asymptomatic and have not been tested, and others who may be ill but have not come forward to be tested.

    he has since urged persons to be responsible, whether it is in public or at home, since the level of infection is reaching “disturbing heights”.

    He also warned that if intervention is not made to interrupt the spread, T&T could feel the effects of the pandemic, much in the way other countries are.