Saturday 4 July, 2020

Retail outlets, bookstores reopen today; COVID-19 regulations updated

As the third phase of Government’s five-stage reopening of T&T’s economy comes into effect today, the Ministry of Communications has released an updated public health ordinance.

The Public Health [2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-Ncov)] (No. 16) Regulations, 2020 reflects the associated changes.

The new regulations take effect from today, and remain in effect until June 26, 2020.

The third phase of relaxed COVID-19 restrictions was announced by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley on Saturday. This phase includes:

The reopening of the public sector, all retail establishments, malls, professional services and bookstores.

The resumption of operations by the National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB).

The expansion of Caribbean Airlines (CAL) services between Trinidad and Tobago.

Hotels permitted to facilitate outdoor dining services.

Public gatherings to remain at five, while public transport will continue to operate at 50 percent capacity.

See the revised regulations below:

4. Notwithstanding regulation 3(2), the opening of the following services shall be as specified:

(a) hardware stores, including electrical and plumbing establishments, shall only be open for sales to the public from 8 am to 6 pm every day;

(b) subject to regulation 5(1), street vending of food and beverages, all retail food services, delivery and take away food services shall only be open for sales to the public until 8 pm every day;

(c) retail services shall only be open for sales to the public until 6 pm;

(d) wholesale stores shall only be open until 6 pm every day;

(e) pharmacies shall only be open for sales to the public until 8 pm every day;

(f) motor vehicle sales, servicing and repair centres, motor vehicle mechanics, motor vehicle parts dealers or vendors and tyre shops shall only be open until 5 pm every day;

(g) professionals such as engineers, architects, valuators, assessors and land, quantity and other surveyors shall only be open until 6 pm every day;

(h) the National Lotteries Control Board’s business shall only be open until 6 pm every day; and

(i) dry cleaners and laundries shall only be open until 5 pm every day

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