• 15 AUG 2020

Prime Minister’s Media Conference – Saturday 15 August, 2020

Prime Minister Dr the Hon Keith announced today that adjustments will be made to the COVID-19 Public Health Ordinance Regulations as Trinidad and Tobago enters into a community spread stage of the COVID-19 virus.

Dr Rowley made the announcements during a media conference held at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s today (Saturday 15 August, 2020).

From next week Monday and for the next 28 days:

  • No in-house dining at restaurants, bars, food courts and malls or within its precincts. Pick-up remains available.
  • Beaches and rivers to be closed to the public.
  • All places of worship will be closed.
  • All gyms to be closed.
  • Cease all contact sports. Water parks are to be closed.
  • Casinos and Members Clubs to be closed. Cinemas to be closed.
  • Public gatherings have been limited to 5 persons.
  • Funeral and Weddings limited to 10 persons.
  • All Public Taxis and Maxis to operate at 50 per cent capacity.
  • Air and Sea bridge Transportation to Tobago to be limited to essentials.
  • Public service will remain at 50% rotation
  • All teaching institutions to be closed until further notice.
  • The Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) examination to be held on August  20th. Schools are not likely to reopen for the rest of the year.
  • Attorney General to look into legislation for the mandatory use of face masks.
  • Increased testing to take place at the North Central Regional Health Authority, as a polymerase chain reaction machine up is now up and running.
  • Trinidad and Tobago has 20,306 COVID-19 test kits and 29,000 swabs. The country also has access to the share of test kits available at The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).
  • Minister of National Security the Hon Stuart Young said the repatriation of citizens will be stepped back a bit to ensure that the quarantine facilities and parallel health care system aren’t overwhelmed.