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Thursday 13 August, 2020

Down from 25: only max of 10 allowed to gather

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has announced that as a result of the recent spike of COVID-19 in Trinidad and Tobago, only a maximum of ten people will be allowed to gather in a group. 

He made the announcement in a press conference earlier today. 

Dr Rowley also added that restrictions for churches and other religious houses will remain as is. This means that while these institutions will remain open, operators will be made to continue enforcing rules regarding physical distancing, sanitisation and mask wearing. 

The Prime Minister also added that the public service will also be required to observe more stringent rules. He encouraged managers to reduce the numbers of workers at government offices at any given time by implementing an alphabetic or time-based rotation. 

The PM says that trends have shown bars and schools to be the biggest breeding ground for spread of the virus. 

He says while bars and restaurants will not be forced to close at this time, authorities will be paying special attention to the spacing and other considerations in bars. 

Schools will also have special attention placed; Dr Rowley says that the date for the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) could come under revision if cases continue to be confirmed. 

Public transport has also been spared, but in reiterating the need for mask-wearing, Dr Rowley says numbers allowed in maxi-taxis and buses could also go down if the government isn't satisfied that the public isn't adhering to the rules.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as information is released. 

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