Hotline setup to report bars as ‘no sale’ of alcohol threats emerge

Hotline setup to report bars as ‘no sale’ of alcohol threats emerge

There is now a hotline that persons can use to report bars that are breaching the Covid-19 guidelines.

Over the weekend, scores of bar patrons were videotaped in front of a popular bar in Barataria with no physical distancing between patrons, and the absence of masks.

Large congregations were also witnessed outside popular bars across the country.

Alcohol manufacturers reportedly threatened to stop the sale of their products if businesses fail to comply with the Covid-19 policies.

Chairman of the Trinidad and Tobago Beverage and Alcohol Alliance Dr Patrick Antoine said TTBAA along with the Bar Owners Association and the Hotel Restaurants and Tourism Association held a press conference pleading with bar owners to observe the guidelines.

From left to right: CEO of the Trinidad Hotels, Restaurants and Tourism Association (THRTA) Brian Frontin, Chairman of the Trinidad and Tobago Beverage Alcohol Alliance (TTBAA) Dr Patrick Antoine, and President of the newly formed Bar Owners/Operators Association of Trinidad and Tobago (BOATT) Teron Mohan

Dr. Antoine said, “The TTBAA, which comprises 90 percent of the manufacturers, producers, distributors and marketers in Trinidad and Tobago, have decided that for bars that are non-compliant from tomorrow (Monday), the bodies that constitute the TTBAA, the likes of the Caribs, Brydens and others, we are going to withhold delivering any supplies or supplying those enterprises.”

He said the bar owners are now beginning to understand the seriousness of the issue.

 

Meanwhile, Police Commissioner Gary Griffith said that his officers will become involved if the incident occurs again.

Speaking on Power 102’s Power Breakfast Show on Monday morning, Griffith said police will be on the lookout for violations of the COVID 19 guidelines, and will act accordingly.

 

The hotline number to report non-compliant bars is 277-SERV (7378).

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