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Retail stores, public service, malls, bookstores reopen from Monday

Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley

Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley

Updated at 5 pm on May 30, 2020

There will be a further relaxation of the COVID-19 restrictions from Monday.

Phase 3 of the reopening of the country, which was carded to take place from June 5, has been advanced to June 1.

During this phase, the public sector, all retail establishments, malls, professional services and bookstores will reopen.

The National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB) will also resume operations.

Caribbean Airlines (CAL) will be allowed to expand its service between Trinidad and Tobago.

Hotels are permitted to facilitate outdoor dining services during this phase.

Public gatherings will remain at five, while public transport will continue to operate at 50 percent capacity.

Prime Minister Keith Rowley made the announcement while speaking at a media conference at the Diplomatic Centre in St Ann's on Saturday.

The Prime Minister said all public servants, with the exception of managers, will be required to work on a rotational basis.

"We did initially indicated that Phase 3 would have started on June 5 and cover the window June 5 to June 19. I am pleased to announce that based on the data collection and results, we able to move Phase 3 forward to June 1. Come Monday, we begin to open the Public Service."

"It means those who were deemed non-essential will now be required to come out to work. But they will do so not fully. They will do so in a system where all the managers of the Public Service will be required to be out to work. All persons who are in a person of management will come out to work and the subordinate workers will come out on a rotational basis (every other day). Who comes out on a Monday will not come out on a Tuesday and who didn't come out on a Monday will come out on a Tuesday."

He added that all businesses will be required to close at 6 pm.

"We also on Monday would open up completely all retail establishments. Now this is a major sector because it covers all aspects of small trade, small business."

"We open up malls and all of these businesses would conclude their daily activity at 6 pm."

Dr Rowley also announced that hairdressers, barbers and domestic workers will resume work on June 8.

"We are now looking at Phase 4 on June 8. That means the full public service should be out and operating, but continue to do so on the rotational basis. It means that your hairdressers, your barbers and your spas will be open to you from June 8."

The Prime Minister also indicated that Phase 5 is expected to commence from June 22.

Phase 5 will include the reopening of places of worship, beaches and rivers. 
 

Original Story

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has announced that Phase 3 of the reopening of the country will now begin from Monday (June 1).

During this phase, the Public Service, all retail establishments, malls, dentists, professional services and bookstores will reopen. Retail businesses will be required to close at 6 pm.

The National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB) will also resume operations from Monday.

Caribbean Airlines will be allowed to expand its service between Trinidad and Tobago.

For the Public Service, all managerial staff will be required to come out to work, while subordinate employees will come out on a rotational basis.

Dr Rowley made the announcement while speaking at a media conference at the Diplomatic Centre in St Ann's on Saturday.

The Prime Minister also announced that Phase 4 will commence on June 8 and will see the reopening of hair salons, barbershops and spas.

Domestic employees will also be allowed to return to work. 

This is developing story and will be updated shortly.

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