The government of Trinidad & Tobago is set to remove it “State Of Emergency” status.
The move was announced this week to the delight of many residents and businesses in the republic.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley in his address this past Saturday stated that the SOE which was imposed in May of this year should be lifted on November 29th, bringing to an end the curfew from 10pm to 5am.
During Dr Rowley’s address he stated;
The purpose of the SoE was to give the State time to roll out its vaccination programme. However, with that programme now stalled amid heightened vaccine hesitancy, which has seen close to 300,000 members of the target population still unvaccinated, the PM said the time has come for SoE to end as the country moves forward to living with the virus which is now endemic in Trinidad and Tobago.
Speaking with Loop News, MovieTowne owner Derek Chin said he’s pleased that “better sense” has prevailed as it’s clear that the SoE as a measure to curb the spread of COVID-19 hasn’t produced the results government expected.
“If these establishments are already a sterile environment as they are subject to the restrictions of 50 per cent capacity and employees and patrons are compliant with the COVID-19 protocols, then some of these restrictions can be lifted.”
He further questioned: “What’s the point of wearing the masks? Is that really necessary in a safe zone if everyone is vaccinated and compliant?”
This was the view of international and tourism development consultant Korice AQ Nancis, at last Wednesday’s Division of Tourism, Culture and Transportation’s second instalment of Black History Month virtual youth forum.