Ancil Dennis, the Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly, has called on Tobago police to exercise the full brunt of the law on people caught hosting or attending parties on the island.
This comes after the Health Minister announced last Saturday that three parties in Tobago on November 22, November 28, and December 8 had led to 11 new case and one death.
Dennis expressed disappointment at the news, adding that there is nothing the authorities can do to “police stupidity,” if the public refuses to adhere to Public Health guidelines.
In an interview with the Newsday, Dennis pleaded with visitors from Trinidad not to host covid19 “super-spreader” events and encouraged owners of villas to put guests out if they are caught hosting private parties.
Dennis, who is also Secretary of Tourism, Culture and Transportation, said the division has already developed and sent out guidelines for tourism stakeholders on the island.
He said an upsurge of the virus could seriously damage Tobago’s economy if something isn’t done to nip the problem in the bud.
“We have to discourage and stop this kind of lawlessness. It is exactly what we do not need at this time,” said Dennis.