Rowley: This country cannot afford a second lockdown

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Rowley: This country cannot afford a second lockdown

Trinidad and Tobago has no more money to fund a second lockdown.

So said Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley as he spoke on Thursday night during the televised event, Conversations with the Prime Minister.

Dr Rowley said, “We have pretty much used up what little wiggle room we had to fund support in the way that it was funded last year… and this is why it is critically important for the public to follow public health regulations to prevent covid19 spread and keep the infection rate low.”

He said “I’m putting this country on notice. The resources are not available.”

The PM said even with the best efforts of the government, Trinidad and Tobago will not find money to give 50,000 and 60,000 people pay cheques at the end of the month for three months.
“Remember what happened in May in April and March of last year? Somebody has to fund that (lockdown). Because if there is no money to pay for lockdown, because a lot of people will not be going to jobs, a lot of businesses won’t be able to carry their staff and pay them for coming to work.”