TTPS lax on masks in fetes…Officers can exercise discretion

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TTPS lax on masks in fetes…Officers can exercise discretion

There is confusion now over whether the wearing of masks at large public events, such as fetes, is still mandatory following comments by Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh.

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh was yesterday asked about the pictures on social media of thousands of feters at various events contravening the regulations.

Minister Deyalsingh said the Health Ministry was no longer insisting that patrons at these events wear masks.

Minister Deyalsingh also referred to those events as a private setting.

However, according to the most recent public health regulations, face masks are required in a public place which is defined as any open or enclosed place which the public is permitted to access through payment or otherwise.

This was confirmed by TTPS’ Public Information Officer, ASP Sheridon Hill, who told News Power Now that the law is still in force.

This means that large paid events such as fetes are indeed public spaces and as such patrons are required to wear masks.

His comments coupled with reports of officers seemingly turning a blind eye to mask-less patrons in fetes suggest that the police have also softened their stance regarding this matter.

ASP Hill explained that officers are allowed to exercise discretion for summary offences such as this.

However, in a twist of irony, he revealed that persons however are still being ticketed for not wearing masks in other public places.