TRINIDAD: Rowley announces a plan to revoke the State of Emergency

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Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley has announced plans to revoke the State of Emergency.

Speaking during a media conference on Saturday, the Prime minister said he would do so in Parliament on Wednesday.

He, however, noted that the Public Health Ordinance would continue to be enforced, including mandatory mask-wearing in public spaces.

 “On Wednesday, the Parliament will meet, and we will discontinue the State of Emergency. (And) we will continue to manage the vaccinated population and the unvaccinated population under the Public Health Ordinance.”

However, public gatherings will remain at ten, and public fetes and parties, in all forms, will remain prohibited, while party boats and nightclubs will remain closed.

The consumption of alcohol in public spaces will also remain banned.

He also stated that the current arrangements for schools would remain in place.

Additionally, Rowley announced that public pools would be opened to fully vaccinated persons as safe zones.

Concerning religious services, he said that these would remain at 90 minutes. However, capacity will increase to 50 percent.

These capacity rules, the prime minister said, apply to funerals, weddings, and christening services. Gravesites will be limited to 25 people, and beaches and rivers will remain closed. 

The prime minister further urged citizens to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.

“We will not open up further, but we will not roll back to any cocoon,” he added.

On Saturday, the twin-island recorded 22 new COVID-19 fatalities, pushing the death toll to 1,850.

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