Friday 4 December, 2020

No Christmas parties, $10M relief for bars, hunting ban lifted

File photo: Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley

File photo: Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley

There will be no state-sponsored Christmas parties in the public sector this year. Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley made the announcement during a media conference at the Division of Community Development, Enterprise Development and Labour in Scarborough, Tobago on Saturday. 

Dr Rowley also announced that restrictions prohibiting on-site consumption in bars remain in place. However, he revealed that an additional $10 million will be allocated to assist bar and restaurant employees affected by the current restrictions. Additionally, $20 million will be allocated to assist self employed individuals who lost income as a result of the pandemic.

Dr Rowley also announced that the hunting season will reopen by next weekend while food services will be allowed in casinos.

He added Caribbean Airlines will explore the use of rapid COVID-19 testing to allow for increased inter-island travel. The prime minister noted the programme will be approved by the Ministry of Health before implementation.
 

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