Barkeepers association granted permission to challenge Health Minister

Barkeepers association granted permission to challenge Health Minister

The Barkeepers and Operators Association of Trinidad and Tobago (BOATT), will head to the court on Monday, July 20th, after a judge granted them permission to challenge Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh.

Justice Avason Quinlan-Williams, on Wednesday granted the group leave to pursue their case challenging the amended covid19 public health regulations, which moved the closing time for bars from 10 pm to 8 pm.

BOATT, which has 316 members, is represented by lead attorney Anand Ramlogan SC.

The group is seeking compensation and several declarations, including that the decision by the minister to reduce the opening hours of bars was illegal and irrational. They are also challenging Regulation 3 (2) of the public health coronavirus ordinance as being of no legal effect and are against their rights.

The application also says no medical information has been provided by the Chief Medical Officer to suggest that the new operating times would have an impact on the spread of covid19

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