Gov't eases restrictions for nationals of Dominica; asks T&T nationals to "open doors and pots"

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has announced that the government will waive all restrictions to citizens of Dominica who come to Trinidad and Tobago seeking relief from the devastation left by Hurricane Maria.

The prime minister made the announcement at today's post-Cabinet news conference. 

He is encouraging anyone from Dominica who can find housing from citizens of Trinidad and Tobago, to come to this country for the period of six months without any restrictions.

He is also encouraging T&T nationals who can accommodate nationals of Dominica, to do so.

"I am proposing that in T&T that we waive or encourage in such a way that a number of Dominicans who can find contact in T&T and make their way to Trinidad and Tobago and find a househod that can accept them, we will waive all restructions for the next six months to any citizen of Dominica," the prime minister said.

"We will open doors, our pots and schools to citizens of Dominica," he added.

The prime minister said he has not yet been able to speak directly with Dominica's prime minister Roosevelt Skerrit.

He said that Trinidad and Tobago cannot help financially but is willing to do what it can in the form of accommodation, to help those citizens.

The island has been ravaged by Hurricane Maria which hit land as a powerful Category 5.