Friday 4 December, 2020

Deyalsingh: Avoid Christmas gatherings, parties

File photo: Health Minister, Terrence Deyalsingh

File photo: Health Minister, Terrence Deyalsingh

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh is urging the private sector not to host Christmas parties and functions this year.

He is also pleading with citizens to limit family gatherings during the Christmas season.

Deyalsingh made the call while speaking at a media conference in Tobago on Saturday.

He said: "I want to reach out to all chambers of commerce to ask their membership not to have Christmas parties. I have spoken to my own permanent secretary at the Ministry of Health (and) we will be having no Christmas functions."

The health minister added: "I want to reach out to all religious leaders. Tell your flocks, your devotees, your jamaats to avoid family gatherings this Christmas season. Every leader of a non-governmental organization, every member of Parliament, anyone who has influence over people to urge those who look up to you for leadership that this Christmas ought to be a holy Christmas but a quiet Christmas. Keep your bubble within your self. Celebrate in your family units. Don't bring other family units and friends into that bubble."

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley announced that there will be no state-sponsored Christmas parties in the public sector.

Dr Rowley added the reopening of schools in January, will depend on the behaviour of citizens during the Christmas period.

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