Sunday 7 June, 2020

'Stay at home' order takes effect; non-essential activities prohibited

As of Sunday midnight, all non-essential services have been prohibited.

The Public Health Ordinance barring these activities came into effect at 12 am on Sunday night and will end on April 15.

The measure was announced by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley last Thursday, in a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19.

As of Sunday night, there were 78 positive cases and three deaths.

One person has recovered and has been discharged from hospital.

Addressing the nation on Sunday night, the Prime Minister said the country is facing a 'war' with an 'invisible enemy.'

He appealed to citizens to 'take cover' by staying indoors.

"The war that we are fighting now is an invisible enemy, a micro-pathogen that you will not see with the naked eye but we know it’s there,” Rowley said.

Under the 'Stay at home' order, only essential services will be allowed until April 15.

Police officers assisted by members of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force will be on the ground to ensure that citizens abide by the rules.

According to Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith, essential workers require no passes to traverse the roads, but should be prepared to answer and justify their activity if questioned.

Supermarkets and pharmacies will remain open and citizens will be allowed to make quick trips to these establishments.

Exercise is not allowed in public spaces and persons are encouraged to workout at home.

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