Saturday 26 September, 2020

Kamla supports mandatory mask-wearing legislation

Pictured: United National Congress (UNC) Political Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar receives her Instrument of Appointment as Leader of the Opposition from President Paula-Mae Weekes on August 25, 2020.

Pictured: United National Congress (UNC) Political Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar receives her Instrument of Appointment as Leader of the Opposition from President Paula-Mae Weekes on August 25, 2020.

The Opposition has signalled its intention to support legislation to make the wearing of face masks in public spaces mandatory.

Amid a spike in positive COVID-19 cases, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley on August 15 announced that government was looking at instituting laws to make mask-wearing mandatory.

Speaking with reporters at the President's House on Tuesday, Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar said while the Opposition has not yet seen the legislation, in principle, it has no objection.

She said: "The government intends to bring the legislation to Parliament on Friday. We have not seen the legislation, and in principle we have no objection to such legislation being passed in the Parliament."

"I am advised by Minister Camille Robinson-Regis that they want to do the bill with the masks after lunch on Friday. I told her we have no objection and we'll discuss it. We want to see it of course. She told me she doesn't have it before her yet but as soon as they have completed drafting, I guess they will share it with us. In principle we have no objection to it but I await the wording."

On Saturday, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh indicated that legislation on the mandatory wearing of face masks was being drafted.

As of 6 pm on Tuesday, Trinidad and Tobago had recorded 1,252 confirmed cases, with 1,059 active cases.

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