Saturday 24 October, 2020

No changes to COVID-19 measures, PM asks for more time

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has announced that there will be no new COVID-19 measures instituted nor will any be rolled back. He said the country needs another 28-day cycle to determine the country’s position. 

In a media conference today, the Prime Minister explained that while Trinidad and Tobago can take comfort in the fact that the COVID-19 standing has not worsened, more evaluation needs to be done. He says the first revision will come on September 28, but it’s unlikely that anything will change before October 11. 

This means that schools, places of worship, casinos, gyms, beaches, rivers and water parks will all remain closed. Gatherings are still limited to five people.

The sole change stands with the public service. He announced that all employees of the various ministries who have a hand in planning for the October 5 Budget presentation, are deemed essential and will need to report for work. 

The Prime Minister acknowledged that COVID-19 measures have cost the country $10 billion in revenue, but encouraged that the focus remains on the health and well-being of the citizenry. 

Borders will remain closed as the country goes into this next cycle.  

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