Saturday 28 November, 2020

TTPS rubbishes lockdown and home quarantine claims

A message warning of an imminent 14-day lockdown and home quarantine measures is false.

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) on Tuesday sought to allay concerns by citizens that new stringent measures were soon to be announced as COVID-19 cases crossed 1,000.

The warning being shared around on WhatsApp claimed lockdown measures would be introduced to stop COVID-19 community and cluster spread and urged citizens to stock up on supplies.

The TTPS reminded citizens to be cautious of false information sent via social media, which can cause unnecessary panic and anxiety.

Previous lockdown measures saw restrictions on certain activities, but essential services such as groceries and pharmacies remained in operation with adjusted hours.

Measures announced by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley nearly two weeks ago remain in place until mid-September.

These measures include the closure of gyms, places of worship, casinos and members clubs. Beaches and rivers were once again closed, while in-house dining at restaurants, food courts and bars has been suspended.

Citizens are reminded that they can face a fine or imprisonment for sharing fake news.

The Summary Offences Act Chapter 11:02 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.

The TTPS reminded citizens to keep up to date with the Ministry of Health and other Government sources for COVID-19 related matters.

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