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Wednesday 5 August, 2020

Phase 2 of reopening of country to 'kick in' earlier, Rowley announces

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley made the announcement while speaking at a media conference at the Diplomatic Centre in St Ann's on Saturday.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley made the announcement while speaking at a media conference at the Diplomatic Centre in St Ann's on Saturday.

Phase 2 of the reopening of the country will begin on Thursday (May 21), and will see the resumption of the manufacturing and construction sectors.

Mechanics, tyre shops, laundries and dry cleaners will also be allowed to resume operations.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley made the announcement while speaking at a media conference at the Diplomatic Centre in St Ann's on Saturday.

The announcement comes as Trinidad and Tobago has not recorded any new COVID-19 cases since April 26, with the figure standing at 116.

"We will move phase 2 to 'kick in' a little earlier than May 24. The 14th day of the period that was requested will end on Wednesday and that will give us the cover for the incubation period and satisfy the public health requirement to observe that incubation period to see whether there were any increased incubations of the effects of the virus. Thankfully, that increase has not occurred and we could now look to Wednesday."

"Therefore, I can say to you today that Phase 2 should begin on Thursday. What phase 2 means is, whereas Phase 1 was the opening of restaurants, for Phase 2 we will reopen the manufacturing sector and we will go further and open the construction sector," he stated.

The Prime Minister added that during Phase 2, public transportation will continue to operate at a 50 percent capacity.

He announced that a fuel support grant of $2000 will be provided to maxi and taxi operators.

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