Tuesday 7 July, 2020

Mini-mart owners defy COVID-19 rules; cops order businesses to close

File photo: A mini-mart owner is spoken to by a police officer regarding the 6pm closing time stipulated for his business.

File photo: A mini-mart owner is spoken to by a police officer regarding the 6pm closing time stipulated for his business.

Police ordered two mini-mart owners in Arima to cease operations on Friday night, as they were in breach of the Public Health Regulations.

Under the current regulations, business hours are between 8 am and 6 pm daily.

A 42-year-old man of Broadway Street, Arima and a 35-year-old woman of Bypass Road, Arima were ordered closed.

The operators were also warned.

Officers of the Arima police station, under the supervision of Snr Sup David and Sup Edwards, conducted police exercises in the Arima district on Friday night.

The officers observed four mini-marts opened between 7.30 pm and 9 pm.

Loop News was told that the businesses owners would be charged if the officers have to return on another occasion.

Persons found in breach of the regulations can face fines up to $50,000 and even a custodial sentence.
 

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