CoP: Seek approvals from the TTPS before holding large vigils

CoP: Seek approvals from the TTPS before holding large vigils

The Commissioner is today reminding organisers of vigils arising out of the untimely death of Andrea Bharatt, that while they are within their rights to show their solidarity, they must first seek the necessary approvals from the police before holding large gatherings and ensure all attendees adhere to the Covid-19 regulations and carry about the vigils in a peaceful manner.
There will also be an increased in police presence for Carnival and Valentine’s Day-themed events over this weekend, this according to  Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith.
A TTPS media release issued this afternoon states that police officers will increasing its patrols and operations, in anticipation of breaches of the Covid-19 Public Health Ordinance Regulations in the coming days.
“With the official cancellation of Carnival Monday and Tuesday next week, the CoP notes that the TTPS has been made aware of plans in place by persons who are still planning Carnival-themed events and activities which if not controlled, can cause the virus to spread.
He says the viewing of virtual Carnival events is still being turned into backyard Carnival fetes with cover charges.”
The Commissioner said such actions, would be seen as breaches of the Public Health Regulations, as persons would be turning their private premises into a public place and the police would have no other choice but to act accordingly.
“The CoP reminds all citizens that effective October 12th 2020, Section 3 (1) states that during the period specified in Regulation 7, a person shall not, without reasonable justification- (a) be found at any public place where the number of persons gathered, at any time, exceeds ten.’
“He says officers will be out in full force in all nine policing Divisions to ensure that persons do not flout the regulations by congregating in large numbers and ignoring mask-wearing and social distancing guidelines, thereby causing the Covid-19 virus statistics to increase in the coming days.”
Commissioner Griffith also signaled a warning to bars and restaurant owners who are planning Valentine’s Day activities, that these businesses are to be closed at 10 pm and there should be no congregating outside of these establishments.
Additionally, all Divisional Traffic and Highway Patrol Units have been instructed to conduct DUI and speed enforcement exercises, as the TTPS aims to prevent any loss of life or injury due to unsafe and irresponsible road usage this weekend into next week.

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