PM: mask wearing law should be in place by Monday


    By Monday, persons could be fined for not wearing a mask in public.

    Speaking during a media conference today, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley emphasized the importance of this move, as T&T continues to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

    The Public Health (Amendment) Bill 2020 was passed in the Lower House yesterday, with debate taking place in the Senate today.

    Shortly after 5pm today, it was passed in the Upper House.

    Dr Rowley says once it is passed there, it’s a short road to enforcement.

    Dr Rowley also had this advice for those who do not yet have a mask.

    Questions meanwhile have been raised about the wearing of masks in cars.

    It will be mandatory in public transport vehicles.

    However according to National Security Minister Stuart Young, the matter is trickier when it comes to private vehicles.

    As such, he is urging persons to wear a mask, even when in a car with relatives.

    Under the bill, persons can be fined $1,000 for not wearing a mask in the first instance.

    Attorney General Faris Al Rawi explained in the Lower House yesterday.