Two held for operating bars after hours
Police are reminding restaurant and bar owners that the recent update to the Public Health Regulations indicates that establishments needed to close by 10 pm.
This comes after two bar owners, despite repeated warnings, had to be arrested for operating their establishments after the stipulated hours.
Loop News was told that the two men were held at a bar along La Retreat Road.
At about 11.50 pm, during a police operation carried out by Sgt Ali, and including PC Reedar, PC Prince, PC Brown, PC Joseph, and PC Bernard, had cause to stop at the bar after they observed a large group congregating.
The group, police said, had an estimated 30 persons, including several minors.
The officers spoke to the proprietor and the DJ who were operating the business, and they were told of the offence being committed arrested and taken to the Arima police station where they were charged for the breach of the Public Health Ordinance Regulation.
Notice 20 of the Regulation states that bars and restaurants should only be open until 10 pm every day.
Any person who contravenes this regulation commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $50,009 and imprisonment for a term of six months. The operation also saw officers pay attention to areas in Calvary Hill, Congo, Jacob Hill, Carapo and Arima districts.
Several stop and searches were performed and one person was arrested and charged for failing to provide a specimen of breath for a breathalyser test.