Monday 26 October, 2020

San Juan businesses sanitised as contact tracing continues

Several San Juan businesses were sanitised as part of contact tracing measures being taken by the Health Ministry.

Head of the San Juan Business Association, Vivek Charran, told Loop News that the closures took place on Thursday as the Health Ministry continued to contact places which may have had contact due to a positive COVID-19 case.

Charran said the stores were due to re-open on Friday, having been thoroughly sanitised. Contacts for all of the staff members had been noted by officials and tests would be done if necessary.

'The Health Ministry contacted them and they conducted interviews; they were told to close and sanitise. One of the stores, a grocery store, re-opened today and said they have thoroughly sanitised the building. 

Charran said due to the enhanced safety measures enforced by businesses, he believes that the situation would be more manageable.

'We’re in a better position now than we were at the start as all the busineses are following the health and safety protocols, so the ability for the virus to transfer is much lower. All businesses are enforcing continuous sanitisation as well as the washing of hands and the no mask, no entry policy is in effect.'

'Both employees and customers are wearing face masks and many businesses also have plexi-glass shields installed near cashier areas.'

'Yes, we are concerned but we continue to monitor the situation.'

Charran said two supermarkets and one retail store near the Croisee were closed temporarily for sanitisation. 

A First Citizen's Bank ATM facility in San Juan was also sanitised.

Within the past week three positive cases have been classed as pending epidemiological investigation, with the most recent case announced Friday July 24, 2020. 

Earlier this week local retailer Pennywise closed two branches for sanitisation after it was discovered that a primary contact of case #139 had recently visited the stores. 

The public is urged to continue to limit activity to high-traffic areas, to maintain physical distancing, regular handwashing and sanitisation of spaces, and to call 800-WELL (9355) in Trinidad, or 800-HEAL (4325) in Tobago, if experiencing flu-like symptoms. 

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