Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh says there cannot and will not be any adjustments to the COVID-19 regulations to treat with enforcement on private property.
“So the Minister of Health will not be signing off on regulations that violate any constitutional right, it simply can’t be done and that is not how a responsible government operates,” he said while speaking on CNC3’s The Morning Brew today.
He said any such action would require the intervention of Parliament.
“To affect 3/5 rights as laid out in the constitution that cannot be done as far as I know via regulations,” he explained.
Minister Deyalsingh said he had discussions with Attorney General Faris Al Rawi “and that is a very ticklish situation so I am awaiting his advice on it.”
He said what authorities are trying to do is get people to comply with the “spirit of the law” and take personal responsibility, whether they are in public or private spaces.
In the past week, the police service has come under scrutiny after many said they should have arrested some people who were said to be having a pool party at Bayside Towers in Cocorite.
Even Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley called on the police to act.
However, Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has maintained that the police can on use moral suasion in such instances because the regulations only speak to public spaces.
Reporter: Chester Sambrano