Friday 4 December, 2020

Gov't to look at removal of travel exemptions

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley speaks at a media conference at the Anne Mitchell-Gift Auditorium, Scarborough Library Facility in Tobago on Saturday.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley speaks at a media conference at the Anne Mitchell-Gift Auditorium, Scarborough Library Facility in Tobago on Saturday.

Trinidad and Tobago's borders remain closed at this time. However, the government is looking at the removal of the travel exemption system.

Speaking at a media conference in Tobago on Saturday, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley noted that repatriated citizens accounted for 10 percent of the country's positive COVID-19 cases.

He further announced the establishment of a committee to look at the removal of the exemption system, and allow citizens to return home as flights become available.

He said: "I'm putting together a small committee of the Minister of National Security, the Minister of Health and the Attorney General tomorrow, and that committee's work is to try to get us to remove the exemption system and to allow persons to come home as flights are available."

Dr Rowley explained: "The reason I'm able to think and to go down that route is because I'm now satisfied that we can monitor persons coming in by using an identification of persons who can come home and quarantine at home. The quarantine system will still be required and depending from where persons come, whether it's from low risk, the medium risk or high risk, the Chief Medical Officer could determine what kind of quarantine they would be required to participate in."

Dr Rowley added feedback will be provided by November 2.

"It is my hope by November 2, we should be able to very definitively put something in place and report to you with respect to this particular matter." 

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