As part of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago’s efforts to encourage social distancing, preventing the spread of COVID-19, beginning 21st March 2020, it shall be an offense for any person:
- To conduct the business of a bar, whether or not the person is a licensed person under the Liquor Licences Act;
- To operate a club as defined in section 2 of the Registration of Clubs Act; or
- To provide the amenity of seated dining at a restaurant to any customer.
Note that these Regulations shall not apply to hotels registered under the Tourism Development Act as it relates to persons who are registered to stay in the hotel.
Any person who does not follow the above restrictions could be subject to imprisonment for six months.
What to do if you think you have COVID-19?
If you have traveled to or had close contact with someone who traveled to a country where COVID-19 was present and develops a fever, dry cough, shortness of breath or breathing difficulties and/or acute diarrhea, do the following:
- If you develop a mild cough of low-grade fever (temperature of 37.3 degrees Celcius or more), stay at home and self-isolate. Avoid close contact with family members
- Contact your area health center, giving them details of your recent travel or exposure and the symptoms you’re experiencing.
- Do avoid visiting private institutions and doctors’ offices.
Following contact with the Ministry of Health, officers will visit your home for the following:
- To have samples taken from you for the confirmation of the virus (which will be tested by CARPHA).
- To assess your symptoms and recommend medication safe to have. It is best to avoid aspirin or aspirin based medication until you are assessed.
- Arrange transfer to a hospital facility if your condition requires supportive care and management.