Over 250 persons were held in Central Trinidad this morning for breaching the public health ordinance, as police broke up a “zesser party”.
Some persons have since been released and will be charged via summons as all names and addresses have been secured by the TTPS.
Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has since warned persons against using the argument of “private property” to hold gatherings and parties.
He says Paragraph 4 (d) of the Public Heath Coronavirus Legislation clearly states that when persons turn their private property into a public area to hold public parties or public fetes they are in breach of the said regulation.
For “zesser parties” he says organizers are advertising prior to the event, and patrons are paying a cover charge to enter the premise of persons they do not even know, with a cash bar at the event.
This, he adds, takes away from it being private property and so, the Police will treat it as a violation of the legislation.
Meanwhile with the Christmas Season approaching, the Commissioner warned that the TTPS will be targeting and shutting down any parties of this nature on both private or public property.
He says persons who choose to patronize events of this nature will also be arrested, as this irresponsible conduct is the biggest hurdle to reducing the number of Covid 19 patients in the country over the next few months.
The Top Cop says:
“It is amazing, that mere hours after Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley and Minister of Health, Terrance Deyalsingh, stressed on the dangers of large social gatherings at public events, over 250 citizens would throw caution to the wind and participate in such an event, which not only endangers those who attend, but now these 250 plus persons will be returning to their homes to also endanger their loved ones and the wider public.”