Third Bar Owner Charged with Breaching COVID-19 Regulations

Third Bar Owner Charged with Breaching COVID-19 Regulations

A third bar owner has been charged with breaching the Public Health Ordinance Regulations.

Tamashraj Ramkissoon, of Arena Road, Freeport was arrested and charged after police reportedly found his premises open and sales being conducted on Saturday 4th April 2020.

Around 11.10 am on April 4th, 2020, officers of the Freeport CID were on patrol along the Arena Road, Freeport, when they observed Tom’s Bar and Liquor Mart opened and persons exiting the premises with alcoholic beverages.

The owner was warned that as a result of regulation 3 (1)(a) and 6 of the Public Health [2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov)] (No.6) Regulations, 2020, he was to desist from operating his business for the period of time specified under Regulation 6. The officers then left.

The police officers returned around 11:55 am and observed a man leaving the same premises with alcoholic beverages. They inquired as to where he purchased the said items and he indicated it was done at Tom’s Bar and Liquor Mart.

The police officers entered the said establishment and informed the owner of the offence of conducting a business namely a bar during the period specified under the Regulations and arrested him.

Ramkissoon was granted bail in the sum of $25,000 at the Freeport Police Station and will appear before the Couva Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 4th June, 2020.