Today, during an online media conference, Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley, shared with the public that based on reports from public health officials, the Government will now implement Phase Two of the easing of COVID-19 restrictions this Thursday.
Phase Two which was initially carded for May 25th will goes as follows;
• The reopening of mechanics, tyre shops, laundromats and dry cleaners.
• Public transport will continue to operate at 50 %.
• The government will provide maxi/taxi drivers with a one-off fuel support grant of $2000. The Ministry of Finance will allocate an approximate sum of $6 million.
• All construction projects can resume.
• The entire manufacturing sector can resume operations.
• The PM will direct the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services to prioritize financial support for applicants with small businesses, including those who provide personal services and domestic work.
• There will be joint patrols by police and public health officers (PHO) to ensure compliance with the COVID-19 Regulations. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Roshan Parasram says there are approximately 100 PHOs currently.
• Minister of Health Terrance Deyalsingh will go to the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health on Monday to initiate the recruitment of more PHOs.
• PM says businesses should adopt a policy of “No Mask, No Service”.
• For those who do not have to work, the advice is to remain at home and only come out when essential.
• FEEL’s distribution of masks continues. The NGO distributed over 30,000 masks already.
• The Ministry of Health has developed general operating guidelines for the business sector. However, Deyalsingh said each business has to implement protocols that are tailored to its operation.
• Rowley says reopening the border remains a big risk as people from outside T&T can bring in the virus. This includes students from the various UWI campuses.
• COVID-19 media conferences will now on held on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.