Cloth face masks. (Image courtesy YTEPP)

Some sixty-one fixed penalty tickets have been issued to persons for breaching the COVID-19 regulations for failing to wear a face mask.

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) reports that the tickets were issued during an exercise carried out across three Policing Divisions, between the period 6pm on Sunday 6th and 6am on Monday 7th September 2020.

The penalty for failing to wear a mask is $1,000 as a first offence. The Police Service is reminding citizens that this is one of the measures implemented in the Public Health Ordinance regulations, to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

According to the TTPS release: fifty-six (56) infractions occurred in the Eastern Division, where the Mayaro Police alone issued fifty-two (52) tickets.

The TTPS is urging all citizens that in order to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, they must adhere to all the COVID-19 Regulations by:

■  Wearing face masks,

■  Not having gatherings of more than five persons in public places, and

■  Practicing social distancing.