T&T’s fine on children similar to that in other Commonwealth countries

T&T’s fine on children similar to that in other Commonwealth countries

Trinidad and Tobago was guided by the rules of other Commonwealth jurisdictions, when it decided to place into its legislation a fine against children 8 years and over.

Seeking to shed some light on the outcry over fines being places on children, Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi, speaking at today’s Ministry of Health media briefing, said the laws compelling children to wear masks were strongly recommended by the World Health Organization and all countries in the Commonwealth.

He said government analysed the situation in many Commonwealth countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore and the UK, along with several Caribbean states.

“And in all these jurisdictions, children are treated with. And in some of these jurisdictions, there is no exception for children of any age at all. In Canada they start at two and in others ten, 12 and 13 years of age.”

He referred to the World Health Organization (WHO).

“As it relates to children, the WHO specifically says that children should be regulated by the laws of different countries.”

He added that the WHO’s prescribed general rule is that children under five should not have to wear masks. However, it advises that children over 12, Al-Rawi said, should be dealt with “exactly like they are adults.”

He said children who are fined will be required to appear at their respect district’s Children’s Court accompanied by their parents or guardians.