Friday 10 July, 2020

Several Government offices closed after earthquake damage

As Trinidad and Tobago continues to pick up the pieces following structural damage caused to a number of buildings in the wake of a major earthquake on Tuesday afternoon, a number of Government buildings have been closed.

Assessment and repair works are ongoing today, with many offices expected to be reopened tomorrow and, in some cases, later today.

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The Finance Ministry announced the closure of its head office at the Eric Williams Financial Complex, Independence Square, its Treasury Division Offices, Head Office Customs and Excise Division, at Government Campus Plaza, Head Office Inland Revenue Division at Government Campus Plaza, and its Head Office of the Valuations Division in Barataria.

However, its Divisional offices: District Revenue Offices of the Inland Revenue Division, Sub-Offices of the Valuation Division and Sub-Stations of the Customs and Excise Division remain open.

It is anticipated that all offices would be re-opened on Thursday from 8 am.  

The Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs temporarily closed this morning for inspection, as a safety measure after yesterday's earthquake.

All AGLA Port of Spain locations, including the Registrar General's Department will be closed.

Ministry of Social Development and Family Services’ St Vincent Street Offices are closed for this morning to allow for structural assessments to be conducted.

The Ministry of Labour and Small Enterprise Development Head Office located at Levels 5 & 6, Tower C, International Waterfront Centre will be closed to staff and the general public for this morning.

The following Offices will be closed from 8 am - 4 pm:

Duke Street Office: 50-54 Duke Place, Chaguanas Office: Corner of Lange & John Streets, Sangre Grande Office: Brierly Street, San Fernando Office: St. James Street, Siparia Office: Corner Allis Street & SS Erin Road, and Point Fortin Office: 69 Main Road.

The Corporate Headquarters of the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries, in Chaguanas, will be closed today to facilitate the assessment of possible structural and facial damages to the building by Health and Safety officials, who have deemed it necessary to ensure the safety of staff members and all other occupants.


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