Tuesday 2 June, 2020

Updated: Republic Bank branches not closing

Branches of Republic Bank Limited (RBL) will not be closing their doors until April 15.

An advisory has been circulating advising of the closure of branches from today, Friday, until April 15, in accordance with the “Emergency Management Act”.

The advisory indicated that Blue Machines would remain operational during the supposed period of closure, and directed customers to make use of online services.

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) on Friday advised that the notice originated in Barbados and, therefore, was not applicable to Trinidad and Tobago and citizens should disregard.

The authorities reminded members of the public to be cautious of false information sent via social media, which can cause unnecessary panic and anxiety.

Citizens were further advised to check and stay updated with TTPS Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for accurate information on matters relating to crime and policing.

The penalty for sharing fake news, in accordance with The Summary Offences Act Chapter 11:02 is a fine of $200 or one month in prison.

The Act states:

Any person who— (a) sends any message by telephone which is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene, or menacing character; or

(b) sends any message by telephone, or any telegram, which he knows to be false, for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to any other person; or

(c) persistently makes telephone calls without reasonable cause and for any such purpose as mentioned above, is liable on summary conviction to a fine of two hundred dollars or to imprisonment for one month.

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