The Trinidad and Tobago Municipal Police Service will be deployed across all public cemeteries on Sunday to ensure adherence to the COVID-19 public health regulations, implemented by the Ministry of Health.
Minister of Rural Development and Local Government, Kazim Hosein encouraged observers to follow the guidelines stipulated by the Public Health Ordinance.
He said, “All Saints and All Souls Day are days that are very dear to us all; it is a time that we visit the graves of our loved ones who have passed away and even light candles and offer prayers.”
“For me, this is a very special occasion as I visit my father’s resting place and pay homage to his life. However, while we would want to perform certain rituals, we must exercise caution in light of the global pandemic.”
He, therefore, urged all citizens who will be participating in these observances to adhere to the public health guidelines by wearing masks, maintaining social distancing, and limiting gatherings to only 10 persons as advised by the Ministry of Health.
“It is important that we continue to play our part in this fight against COVID-19, for our safety and that of our loved ones,” he said.
Assistant Commissioner of Municipal Police, Surrendra Sagramsingh confirmed that he has maintained constant communication with the 14 Commanders from the Municipal Corporations.
“The Municipal Police will be patrolling all public cemeteries where persons would usually gather for All Saints and All Souls Day to ensure that best practices are being observed as it relates to mask-wearing and in particular, congregating or social gatherings.
He said the officers will be present to ensure the safety and comfort of all citizens as evidenced by increased efforts in response to the ongoing pandemic.