New regulations: Business hours extended, beaches, gyms, cinemas open
Pictured: Lifeguard booth at Maracas Beach. Photo by Darlisa Ghouralal.
After being closed since late March, beaches and rivers are now permitted to reopen.
However, gatherings are limited to just 25 people at any given time.
The limitation also applies to anyone participating in any sport or team sports which involves the congregation of more than 25 individuals.
Party boats and fetes are still prohibited.
The restrictions are included under the latest public health ordinance.
The Public Health [2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-Ncov)] (No. 19) Regulations, 2020 are effective today until the end of the month.
Under the new guidelines, all business establishments are now permitted to open until 10 pm daily.
Indoor and outdoor dining resumes at food places, but these establishments must comply with the guidelines for Restaurants and Bars issued by the Ministry of Health when offering these services.
Cinemas and theatres are also permitted to reopen, but must observe guidelines, including: modified seating arrangements to allow physical distancing of six feet apart between families/groups of patrons on either side and by skipping rows.
Further, all patrons and staff at these establishments are required to wear a face covering mask when entering the premises and undergo screening with a contactless thermometer for fever and symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
Gyms and fitness centres also reopen today, but each client is allowed only 60 minutes at any given time. No circuit training will be facilitated.
Patrons will be expected to wear masks, maintain six-feet spacing and limit gym visits. Anyone exhibiting flu-like symptoms will not be allowed entry.
Daycares and pre-schools for children shall not be open for business for the care or education of young children.
At places of worship, congregation members are advised that thermal screening will be carried out and they must wear masks covering their noses and mouths. Pre and post-service congregations are prohibited within and around the place of worship and physical distancing between members must be observed.
Meanwhile, schools remain closed but primary, secondary and tertiary institutions which provide educational facilities for– (a) persons for the purpose of examination for SEA, CSEC, CAPE and at tertiary institutions; and (b) persons who are preparing to take any exam under paragraph are permitted to be on the premises. Students writing the SEA exam will not be permitted to wear masks but physical distancing will be enforced.
While restrictions continue to be rolled back, the country’s borders will remain closed. Exceptions apply to air and sea cargo, but the country’s ports of entry remain closed to the arrival or departure of aircraft or ships or other vessels carrying passengers unless permitted by National Security Minister Stuart Young.
Anyone found in breach of these regulations is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $50,000 and imprisonment for a term of six months.