Tuesday 24 November, 2020

New regulations in effect: Bars to close up shop at 8 pm

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Effective Tuesday, bars will no longer be permitted to open until 10 pm.

Following a stern warning by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley that failure to comply with the COVID-19 regulations would result in bars being closed, a decision was taken to curtail their hours of operation.

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The Prime Minister’s warning came as videos surfaced of bar patrons not following physical distancing guidelines or wearing masks.

Bars will now be permitted to open from 8 am until 8 pm, until further notice.

Casinos continue to be open until 10 pm, along with other businesses.

The Trinidad and Tobago Beverage and Alcohol Alliance (TTBAA) on Monday indicated that non-compliant bars will not be supplied with alcohol.

The Public Health [2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-Ncov)] (No. 21) Regulations, 2020 were issued on Tuesday and are in effect until July 19.

Bars in breach of these new regulations will face a $50,000 fine.

No other changes were made to the regulations.

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