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Police officers attached to the Highway Patrol monitor Independence Square, Port-of-Spain on Monday.

The following are the regulations governing the State of Emergency:

THE CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
CHAP. 1:01
REGULATIONS
MADE BY THE PRESIDENT UNDER SECTION 7 OF THE CONSTITUTION
OF THE REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
THE EMERGENCY POWERS REGULATIONS, 2021

  1. These Regulations may be cited as the Emergency Powers
    Regulations, 2021.
  2. (1) In these Regulations–
    “public place” means any highway, street, public park or
    garden, any beach, sea, river, stream, pond, spring or
    similar body of water, any public pool or mud volcano
    or mud pools and any public bridge, road, lane,
    footway, square, court, alley or passage, whether a
    thoroughfare or not and includes any open or enclosed
    space to which, for the time being, the public have or
    are permitted to have access whether on payment or
    otherwise;
    “police officer” has the same meaning as in the Police
    Service Act, and includes a member of the Special
    Reserve Police established under the Special Reserve
    Police Act or a member of the Police Force of any
    Municipality or any person to whom a precept has
    been issued under the Supplemental Police Act;
    “Proclamation” means the Proclamation made by the
    President under section 8 of the Constitution declaring
    that a state of public emergency exists in Trinidad and
    Tobago;
    “period of public emergency” means the period during
    which the state of public emergency declared by the
    Proclamation exists, including any extensions thereof
    under section 10(1) or (2) of the Constitution;
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    “Minister” means the member of the Cabinet to whom
    responsibility for health is assigned;
    “Orders” means Orders made under these Regulations;
    and
    “vulnerable person” includes–
    (a) any person sixty years or older;
    (b) any person under sixty years of age who
    requires medical care or who has an underlying
    health condition, including, but not limited to,
    the conditions listed in subregulation (3);
    (c) any person who is pregnant; or
    (d) any other person identified by the Minister.
    (2) Without prejudice to section 27(3) of the Interpretation Act,
    subsections (1) and (2) of that section shall apply to, and for the
    determination of all acts and things previously done under these
    Regulations, when these Regulations expire, lapse or cease to have
    effect.
    (3) The conditions referred to in paragraph (b) of the definition of
    “vulnerable persons” are–
    (a) chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma,
    chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema or
    bronchitis;
    (b) chronic heart disease, such as heart failure;
    (c) chronic kidney disease;
    (d) chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis;
    (e) chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s
    disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, a
    learning disability or cerebral palsy;
    (f) diabetes;
    (g) problems with the spleen, such as sickle cell disease or
    removal of the spleen;
    (h) a weakened immune system as a result of conditions such
    as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or
    chemotherapy;
    (i) being seriously overweight with a body mass index of forty
    or above; or
    (j) such other conditions as the Minister may by Order
    prescribe.
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  3. (1) During the period of public emergency between the hours of
    5:01 a.m. to 8:59 p.m. every day, a person shall not–
    (a) gather in any public place unless the gathering–
    (i) for the purpose of the services are specified in
    subregulation (10);
    (ii) does not exceed five persons at a time;
    (b) be at any work place unless the services are specified in
    subregulation (10) and shall where possible work from
    home;
    (c) be found at or in any beach, sea, river, stream, pond, spring
    or similar body of water, any public pool or any mud
    volcano or mud pool for recreational purposes;
    (d) operate a party boat, boat tour or club;
    (e) hold public parties or public fetes;
    (f) have a public or private pre-school, early childhood
    education centre, open for classes in such places;
    (g) operate a day-care or pre-school for children for the care or
    education of young children;
    (h) operate a water park or amusement park;
    (i) operate a bar or restaurant;
    (j) sell, or offer for sale food or drink as a street vendor;
    (k) consume alcohol in a public place;
    (l) participate in any group contact sports;
    (m) participate in any team sports;
    (n) participate in outdoor sports or exercise in public places; or
    (o) operate any sport clubs including cycling, running, hiking,
    swimming, golf, tennis, football, rugby and hockey clubs,
    except where authorised by the Minister.
    (2) Notwithstanding subregulation (1)(f), a public or private
    pre-school or early childhood education centre, may provide classes to
    its students by electronic or such other means as may be approved by
    the Minister.
    (3) During the period of a public emergency between the hours of
    5:01 am to 8:59 pm every day, a primary school, secondary school,
    tertiary institution or other post-secondary institution may–
    (a) as far as practicable, provide classes to its students by
    electronic or such other means; or
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    requirements
    and
    exceptions
    between
    5:01 a.m. and
    8:59 p.m.
    (b) provide classes to such groups, forms or classes of students
    at primary, secondary, post-secondary or tertiary
    institutions; or
    (c) where classes such as practical, laboratory or other classes
    cannot be done by electronic means, the post-secondary or
    tertiary institution may conduct such classes in person by
    such means,
    as the Minister may approve.
    (4) Notwithstanding subregulation (3), educational establishments
    may be open for the purpose of conducting any examination as the
    Minister may permit.
    (5) During the period of a public emergency between the hours of
    5:01 am to 8:59 pm every day, a religious or ecclesiastical organisation
    or any other religious organisation shall not be open for the conduct of
    religious activities and services except that they may conduct funeral
    services and wedding services where the gathering of persons at any
    place used for that purpose does not exceed ten persons.
    (6) Notwithstanding subregulation (5) a religious or
    ecclesiastical organisation or any other religious organisation may
    conduct religious meetings or services–
    (a) by electronic means; or
    (b) for the purposes of recording or live streaming same,
    where the gathering of persons at any place used for that purpose does
    not exceed five persons.
    (7) During the period of a public emergency between the hours of
    5:01 am to 8:59 pm every day, the number of persons in attendance at a
    burial, cremation or wedding reception shall be limited to ten persons.
    (8) The following places shall remain closed to the public:
    (a) a club as defined in section 2 of the Registration of Clubs
    Act;
    (b) a dancehall or theatre licenced under the Theatres and
    Dancehalls Act;
    (c) a theatre licensed under the Cinematograph Act;
    (d) a common gaming house, betting pool or office licensed
    under the Gambling and Betting Act;
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    (e) spas, hairdressers, hair and beauty technicians and
    barbers; and
    (f) a gym or fitness centre.
    (9) During the period of public emergency between the hours of
    5:01 am to 8:59 pm every day, no person shall cause, without
    reasonable excuse, any vessel, being operated in the waters of Trinidad
    and Tobago, to be raft-up with another vessel for recreational purposes.
    (10) During the period of public emergency between the hours of
    5:01 am to 8:59 pm every day, the following services may be provided:
    (a) operations of the Judiciary, the Magistrate’s and Supreme
    Courts of Judicature, the Industrial Court and the
    Environmental Commission, the Equal Opportunities
    Tribunal and the Tax Appeal Board;
    (b) legal services;
    (c) operations and sittings of the Houses of Parliament and
    meetings of the Cabinet, or any committees thereof;
    (d) operations and sittings of the Tobago House of Assembly
    and meetings of the Assembly or any committees thereof;
    (e) operations of the Diplomatic Corps;
    (f) primary emergency services–
    (i) State and Private Emergency Ambulance Services
    and all emergency call centres;
    (ii) the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service and the
    Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force;
    (iii) Trinidad and Tobago Fire Services;
    (iv) Immigration Services;
    (v) the Strategic Services Agency; and
    (vi) Police Complaints Authority;
    (g) basic essential, janitorial and maintenance services
    concerning the provision of–
    (i) health;
    (ii) hospital;
    (iii) water;
    (iv) electricity;
    (v) fire;
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    (vi) sanitation;
    (vii) civil aviation; and
    (viii) telecommunications;
    (h) workers who support the operation, inspection, and
    maintenance of essential public works facilities and
    operations including–
    (i) water and sewer main breaks;
    (ii) fleet maintenance personnel;
    (iii) traffic signal maintenance; and
    (iv) other emergency issues;
    (i) health services such as–
    (i) District Medical Health Officers, Medical Social
    Workers;
    (ii) public and private hospitals, laboratories,
    infirmaries, nursing homes and hospices, funeral
    homes, crematoria and burial grounds;
    (iii) workers and services in support of hospitals,
    pharmacies;
    (iv) workers who supply medical supplies to hospitals
    and pharmacies including sanitary and hygiene
    products;
    (v) veterinary services;
    (vi) the emergency provision of dental, optometric,
    physical therapy and occupational therapy; and
    (vii) medical practitioners including opthalomologists
    registered under the Medical Board Act and
    employees necessary for the operations of their
    private practices;
    (j) essential janitorial and maintenance services for private
    condominiums or town houses, residential homes and
    public and private facilities;
    (k) prisons, Rehabilitation Centres, Immigration Detention
    Centres or other places of detention;
    (l) Children’s Homes, Community Residences and
    Rehabilitation Centres, places for the care of the differently
    abled, socially displaced, the elderly and geriatric homes
    and persons providing care at private residences;
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    (m) Private Security Firms and Estate Constables, Special
    Reserve Police and Municipal Police;
    (n) social workers, workers who provide social welfare support
    and non-governmental organisations that work with the
    socially disadvantaged and vulnerable;
    (o) care givers to the elderly and those who require care for
    medical reasons;
    (p) support to ensure the effective removal, storage, and
    disposal of residential and commercial solid waste and
    hazardous waste;
    (q) workers providing services at hardwares including
    electrical and plumbing establishments;
    (r) financial and insurance services such as–
    (i) banking business and business of a financial nature,
    as defined in the Financial Institutions Act;
    (ii) non-banks, Unit Trust Corporation, National
    Insurance Board and remittance facilities;
    (iii) credit unions under the Cooperative Societies Act;
    (iv) workers who are needed to process and maintain
    systems for processing insurance and financial
    transactions and services (e.g., information
    technology, payment, clearing, and settlement,
    wholesale funding, insurance services and capital
    markets activities);
    (v) workers who are needed to provide consumer access
    to banking and lending services, including ATMs,
    and to move currency and payments (e.g., armored
    cash carriers); and
    (vi) workers who support financial operations, such as
    those staffing data, technology and security
    operations centres;
    (s) workers who are needed to process and maintain
    accounting and payroll systems;
    (t) live-in domestic workers and service providers who provide
    services that are necessary to maintaining the safety,
    sanitation, and essential operation of residences such as
    plumbers, electricians, exterminators;
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    (u) service providers who provide services that are necessary to
    maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential
    maintenance of clubs and facilities that are closed pursuant
    to these Regulations;
    (v) supermarkets, groceries, markets, green grocers, bakeries,
    poultry depots, fish stalls or shops, fruit stalls or shops,
    vegetable stalls or shops, “parlours” and “corner shops”
    provided that not more than fifty per cent of the
    establishment’s ordinary retail capacity is surpassed at any
    time during operating hours;
    (w) retail membership discount stores for the provision of food,
    medicine or other necessities of life and where the persons
    in store are limited to fifty per cent capacity;
    (x) wholesale stores for the provision of food, medicine or other
    necessities of life;
    (y) Ministries, Departments, Statutory Authorities, State
    Enterprises and Agencies of Government, and Municipal
    Corporations, Office of Disaster Preparedness and
    Management (ODPM), Tobago Emergency Management
    Agency (TEMA), Occupational Safety and Health Agency;
    (z) Inland Revenue Division, the Treasury Division, the
    Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago and the Customs and
    Excise Division;
    (aa) the Elections and Boundaries Commission;
    (ab) manufacture, transportation and logistics services for–
    (i) employees of firms manufacturing refrigeration
    systems and products including those providing
    services that enable logistics operations, including
    cooling, storing, packaging, and distributing
    products for wholesale or retail sale or use;
    (ii) maritime transportation workers, port workers,
    mariners, equipment operators;
    (iii) truck drivers who haul hazardous and waste
    materials to support critical infrastructure,
    capabilities, functions, and services;
    (iv) emergency automotive repair and maintenance
    facilities;
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    (v) manufacturers and distributors of food, beverages
    and pharmaceuticals, including the packaging and
    bottling of these items;
    (vi) postal and shipping workers, including private
    companies;
    (vii) employees who repair and maintain vehicles,
    aircraft, marine vessels, and the equipment and
    infrastructure that enables operations that
    encompass movement of cargo and passengers;
    (viii) air transportation employees, including air traffic
    controllers, ramp personnel, aviation security, and
    aviation management;
    (ix) workers who support the maintenance and
    operation of cargo by air transportation, including
    flight crews, maintenance, airport operations, and
    other on-airport and off-airport facilities workers;
    (x) services connected with the loading and unloading
    and repair of ships and with the storage and
    delivery of goods at, or from, ports, docks, wharves,
    storage facilities and warehouses operated in
    connection with ports, docks or wharves; and
    (xi) the provision of public transportation by water-taxi,
    ferry, motor vehicle, bus, including buses operated
    by the Public Transport Services Corporation;
    (ac) workers supporting supermarkets, groceries, markets,
    green grocers, bakeries, poultry depots, fish stalls or shops,
    fruit stalls or shops, vegetable stalls or shops, “parlours”
    and “corner shops”, retail membership discount stores and
    pharmacies;
    (ad) workers supporting newspapers and media houses;
    (ae) services relating to food, beverage and agriculture such as
    food and beverage manufacturer employees and their
    supplier employees–
    (i) including those employed in food processing
    facilities;
    (ii) at livestock, poultry, seafood slaughter facilities at
    pet, animal and fish processing facilities;
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    (iii) at human food facilities producing by-products for
    animal and fish food and beverage production
    facilities;
    (iv) at the production of food packaging;
    (v) including farm workers who are employed in animal
    and fish food, feed, and ingredient production,
    packaging, and distribution; manufacturing,
    packaging, and distribution of veterinary drugs,
    truck delivery and transport, farm and fishery
    labour needed to produce domestic food supply;
    (vi) workers who must look after and feed animals at
    zoos, farms and animal shelters;
    (vii) fishermen;
    (viii) farm workers and support service workers to
    include those who field crops, commodity inspection,
    storage facilities; and other agricultural inputs;
    (ix) employees and firms supporting food, feed, and
    beverage distribution, including warehouse workers
    and vendor managed inventory control managers;
    (x) workers supporting the sanitation of all food
    manufacturing processes and operations from
    wholesale to retail;
    (xi) workers in food testing labs in private industries
    and in institutions of higher education;
    (xii) workers essential for assistance programs and
    government payments, employees of companies
    engaged in the production of chemicals, medicines,
    vaccines, and other substances used by the water
    treatment and sanitizing industry and the food and
    agriculture industry, including pesticides,
    herbicides, fertilizers, minerals, enrichments, and
    other agricultural production aids;
    (xiii) animal agriculture workers to include those
    employed in veterinary health, manufacturing and
    distribution of animal medical materials, animal
    vaccines, animal drugs, feed ingredients, feed, and
    bedding, etc., transportation of live animals, animal
    medical materials, transportation of deceased
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    animals for disposal, raising of animals for food,
    animal production operations, slaughter and
    packing plants and associated regulatory and
    government workforce;
    (xiv) employees engaged in the manufacture and
    maintenance of equipment and other infrastructure
    necessary for food, agricultural production and
    distribution; and
    (xv) workers engaged in the manufacture of alcoholic
    products and non-alcoholic beverages;
    (xvi) workers engaged in the supply of fruit, vegetables,
    meat and fish to supermarkets, shops, parlours,
    fruit shops or stalls, vegetable shops or stalls; and
    (xvii) workers engaged in the supply of marketable
    commodities to supermarkets, shops, parlours, fruit
    stalls;
    (af) workers engaged in the production, manufacture and
    supply of medical supplies and equipment and the servicing
    and repair of medical equipment and other services
    specifically provided to the medical sector;
    (ag) workers for wholesale suppliers for supermarkets,
    groceries, markets, green grocers, bakeries, poultry depots,
    fish stalls or shops, fruit stalls or shops, vegetable stalls or
    shops, “parlours” and “corner shops” and retail membership
    discount stores;
    (ah) energy services including–
    (i) those in the electricity industry such as–
    (A) workers who maintain, ensure, or restore the
    generation, transmission, and distribution of
    electric power, including call centres, utility
    workers, reliability engineers and fleet
    maintenance technicians;
    (B) workers at generation, transmission, and
    electric facilities;
    (C) IT and OT technology staff for EMS (Energy
    Management Systems) and Supervisory
    Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)
    systems, and utility data centres;
    Cybersecurity engineers; cybersecurity risk
    management and back-up data technology;
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    (D) vegetation management crews and traffic
    workers who support; and
    (E) environmental remediation/monitoring
    technicians, instrumentation, protection,
    and control technicians;
    (ii) petroleum industries such as–
    (A) petroleum stations and convenience marts
    attached thereto;
    (B) petroleum product storage, pipeline, marine
    transport, terminals, road transport;
    (C) crude oil storage facilities, pipeline, and
    marine transport;
    (D) petroleum refinery facilities;
    (E) petroleum security operations centre
    employees and workers who support
    emergency response services;
    (F) petroleum operations control rooms or
    centres;
    (G) petroleum drilling, extraction, production,
    processing, refining, terminal operations,
    transporting, and retail for use as end-use
    fuels or feedstocks for chemical
    manufacturing;
    (H) companies that provide services to oil and
    gas services; and
    (I) onshore and offshore operations for
    maintenance and emergency response; and
    (iii) those in the natural and propane industry as gas
    workers, including for–
    (A) natural gas transmission and distribution
    pipelines, including compressor stations;
    (B) underground storage of natural gas;
    (C) natural gas processing plants, and those that
    deal with natural gas liquids;
    (D) Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facilities;
    (E) natural gas security operations centre,
    natural gas operations dispatch and control
    rooms or centres natural gas emergency
    response and customer emergencies,
    including natural gas leak calls;
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    (F) drilling, production, processing, refining, and
    transporting natural gas for use as end-use
    fuels, feedstocks for chemical manufacturing,
    or use in electricity generation;
    (G) propane gas dispatch and control rooms and
    emergency response and customer
    emergencies, including propane leak calls;
    (H) propane gas service maintenance and
    restoration, including call centres;
    (I) processing, refining, and transporting
    natural liquids, including propane gas, for
    use as end-use fuels or feedstocks for
    chemical manufacturing; and
    (J) propane gas storage, transmission, and
    distribution centres;
    (ai) critical manufacturing such as workers necessary for the
    manufacturing of materials and products needed for
    medical supply chains, transportation, energy,
    communications, food, beverage and agriculture, chemical
    manufacturing, the operation of dams, water and
    wastewater treatment, emergency services, law
    enforcement and defence services;
    (aj) chemical services such as–
    (i) workers supporting the chemical and industrial gas
    supply chains, including workers at chemical
    manufacturing plants, workers in laboratories,
    workers at distribution facilities, workers who
    transport basic raw chemical materials to the
    producers of industrial and consumer goods,
    including hand sanitizers, food, beverage and food
    and beverage additives, pharmaceuticals, textiles,
    and paper products;
    (ii) workers supporting the safe transportation of
    chemicals, including those supporting tank truck
    cleaning facilities and workers who manufacture
    packaging items;
    (iii) workers supporting the production of protective
    cleaning and medical solutions, personal protective
    equipment, and packaging that prevents the
    contamination of food, water, medicine, among other
    essential products;
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    (iv) workers supporting the operation and maintenance
    of facilities, particularly those with high risk
    chemicals or sites that cannot be shut down, whose
    work cannot be done remotely and requires the
    presence of highly trained personnel to ensure safe
    operations, including plant contract workers who
    provide inspections; and
    (v) workers who support the production and
    transportation of chlorine and alkali manufacturing,
    single-use plastics, and packaging that prevents the
    contamination or supports the continued
    manufacture of food, water, medicine, and other
    essential products, including glass container
    manufacturing;
    (ak) hotels, guest houses or econo-lodges;
    (al) the seismic research unit of the University of the West
    Indies;
    (am) workers who are necessary to keep furnaces and kilns
    operating safely in manufacturing operations that are not
    captured as essential operation in this subregulation but
    who are needed to keep those furnaces and kilns operating
    for safety reasons;
    (an) trade unions as defined under the Trade Unions Act; and
    (ao) any trade, profession, business or service, activity or public
    gathering, authorised to be carried on by the Minister.
    (11) The Commissioner of Police may by Order vary the times set
    out in this regulation.
  4. (1) Subject to the exemptions set out in subregulation (5), no
    person shall be outside of their private dwelling, including in a motor
    vehicle, ship or vessel during the hours of–
    (a) 9:00 pm to 5:00 am from Monday to Friday;
    (b) 9:00 pm to 5:00 am on Saturdays and Sundays,
    without the authorization of the Commissioner of Police or such other
    person or authority as may be authorized by him for the purpose and
    any such permission may be granted subject to such conditions as may
    be specified therein.
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    Curfew
    prohibition,
    requirements
    and
    exceptions
    between
    9.00 p.m. and
    5.00 a.m.
    (2) For the purposes of subregulation (1), during the period of a
    public emergency between the hours of 9:00 pm to 5:00 am every day no
    person shall–
    (a) gather in any public place;
    (b) be at any work place unless the services are specified in
    subregulation (5) and shall where possible work from home;
    (c) be found at or in any beach, sea, river, stream, pond, spring
    or similar body of water, any public pool or any mud
    volcano or mud pool for recreational purposes;
    (d) operate a party boat, boat tour or club;
    (e) hold public parties or public fetes;
    (f) have a public or private pre-school, early childhood
    education centre, open for classes in such places;
    (g) operate a day-care or pre-school for children for the care or
    education of young children;
    (h) operate a water park or amusement park;
    (i) operate a bar or restaurant;
    (j) sell, or offer for sale food or drink as a street vendor;
    (k) consume alcohol in a public place;
    (l) participate in any group contact sports;
    (m) participate in any team sports;
    (n) participate in outdoor sports or exercise in public places; or
    (o) operate any sport clubs including cycling, running, hiking,
    swimming, golf, tennis, football, rugby and hockey clubs,
    except where authorised by the Minister.
    (3) The following places shall remain closed to the public:
    (a) a club as defined in section 2 of the Registration of Clubs
    Act;
    (b) a dancehall or theatre licenced under the Theatres and
    Dancehalls Act;
    (c) a theatre licensed under the Cinematograph Act;
    (d) a common gaming house or betting office licensed under the
    Gambling and Betting Act; and
    (e) spas, hairdressers, hair and beauty technicians and
    barbers; and
    (f) a gym or fitness centre.
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    (4) During the period of a public emergency between the hours
    of 9:00 pm to 5:00 am every day, no person shall causes, without
    reasonable excuse, any vessel, being operated in the waters of Trinidad
    and Tobago, to be raft-up with another vessel for recreational purposes.
    (5) Subregulation (1) shall not apply–
    (a) operations of the Judiciary, the Magistrate’s and Supreme
    Courts of Judicature, the Industrial Court and the
    Environmental Commission, the Equal Opportunities
    Tribunal, Tax Appeal Board;
    (b) legal services;
    (c) operations and sittings of the Houses of Parliament and
    meetings of the Cabinet, or any committees thereof;
    (d) operations and sittings of the Tobago House of Assembly
    and meetings of the Assembly or any committees thereof;
    (e) operations of the Diplomatic Corps;
    (f) primary emergency services–
    (i) State and Private Emergency Ambulance Services
    and all emergency call centres;
    (ii) the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service and the
    Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force;
    (iii) Trinidad and Tobago Fire Services;
    (iv) Immigration Services;
    (v) the Strategic Services Agency; and
    (vi) Police Complaints Authority;
    (g) emergency essential janitorial and maintenance services
    concerning the provision of–
    (i) health;
    (ii) hospital;
    (iii) water;
    (iv electricity
    (v) fire;
    (vi) sanitation;
    (vii) civil aviation; and
    (viii) telecommunications;
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    (h) workers who support the operation, inspection, and
    maintenance of essential public works facilities and
    operations including:
    (i) water and sewer main breaks;
    (ii) fleet maintenance personnel;
    (iii) traffic signal maintenance; and
    (iv) other emergency issues;
    (i) health services such as–
    (i) District Medical Health Officers, Medical Social
    Workers;
    (ii) public and private hospitals, laboratories,
    infirmaries, nursing homes and hospices, funeral
    homes, crematoria and burial grounds;
    (iii) workers and services in support of hospitals,
    pharmacies;
    (iv) emergency veterinary services;
    (v) the emergency provision of dental services; and
    (vi) medical practitioners including opthalomologists
    registered under the Medical Board Act and
    employees necessary for the operations of their
    private practices;
    (j) emergency essential janitorial and maintenance services for
    private condominiums or town houses, residential homes
    and public and private facilities;
    (k) prisons, Rehabilitation Centres, Immigration Detention
    Centres or other places of detention;
    (l) Children’s Homes, Community Residences and
    Rehabilitation Centres, places for the care of the differently
    abled, socially displaced, the elderly and geriatric homes
    and persons providing care at private residences;
    (m) Private Security Firms and Estate Constables, Special
    Reserve Police and Municipal Police;
    (n) care givers to the elderly and those who require care for
    medical reasons;
    (o) support to ensure the effective removal, storage, and
    disposal of residential and commercial solid waste and
    hazardous waste;
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    (p) workers who are needed to support financial and insurance
    services such as–
    (i) banking business and business of a financial nature,
    as defined in the Financial Institutions Act;
    (ii) non-banks, Unit Trust Corporation, National
    Insurance Board and remittance facilities;
    (iii) credit unions under the Cooperative Societies Act;
    to ensure–
    (iv) the processing and maintaining of systems for
    processing insurance and financial transactions and
    services (e.g., information technology, payment,
    clearing, and settlement, wholesale funding,
    insurance services and capital markets activities);
    (v) the provision of consumer access to banking and
    lending services, including ATMs, and to move
    currency and payments (e.g., armored cash
    carriers); and
    (vi) the staffing of data, technology and security
    operations centres;
    (q) service providers who provide emergency services that are
    necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and
    essential operation of residences such as plumbers,
    electricians, exterminators;
    (r) Ministries, Departments, Statutory Authorities, State
    Enterprises and Agencies of Government, and Municipal
    Corporations, Office of Disaster Preparedness and
    Management (ODPM), Tobago Emergency Management
    Agency (TEMA), Occupational Safety and Health Agency;
    (s) Inland Revenue Division, the Treasury Division, the
    Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago and the Customs and
    Excise Division;
    (t) manufacture, transportation and logistics services which
    operate on a twenty-four hour basis for–
    (i) employees of firms manufacturing refrigeration
    systems and products including those providing
    services that enable logistics operations, including
    cooling, storing, packaging, and distributing
    products for wholesale or retail sale or use;
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    (ii) maritime transportation workers, port workers,
    mariners, equipment operators;
    (iii) truck drivers who haul hazardous and waste
    materials to support critical infrastructure,
    capabilities, functions, and services;
    (iv) emergency automotive repair and maintenance
    facilities;
    (v) manufacturers and distributors of food, beverages
    and pharmaceuticals, including the packaging and
    bottling of these items;
    (vi) postal and shipping workers, including private
    companies;
    (vii) employees who repair and maintain vehicles,
    aircraft, marine vessels, and the equipment and
    infrastructure that enables operations that
    encompass movement of cargo and passengers;
    (viii) air transportation employees, including air traffic
    controllers, ramp personnel, aviation security, and
    aviation management;
    (ix) workers who support the maintenance and
    operation of cargo by air transportation, including
    flight crews, maintenance, airport operations, and
    other on-airport and off-airport facilities workers;
    (x) services connected with the loading and unloading
    and repair of ships and with the storage and
    delivery of goods at, or from, ports, docks, wharves,
    storage facilities and warehouses operated in
    connection with ports, docks or wharves; and
    (xi) the provision of public transportation by water-taxi,
    ferry, motor vehicle, bus, including buses operated
    by the Public Transport Services Corporation;
    (u) workers supporting newspapers and media houses;
    (v) services relating to food, beverage and agriculture such as
    food and beverage manufacturer employees and their
    supplier employees who provide twenty-four hour
    operations–
    (i) including those employed in food processing
    facilities;
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    (ii) at livestock, poultry, seafood slaughter facilities at
    pet, animal and fish processing facilities;
    (iii) at human food facilities producing by-products for
    animal and fish food and beverage production
    facilities;
    (iv) at the production of food packaging;
    (v) including farm workers who are employed in animal
    and fish food, feed, and ingredient production,
    packaging, and distribution; manufacturing,
    packaging, and distribution of veterinary drugs,
    truck delivery and transport, farm and fishery
    labour needed to produce domestic food supply;
    (vi) workers who must look after and feed animals at
    zoos, farms and animal shelters;
    (vii) fishermen;
    (viii) farm workers and support service workers to
    include those who field crops, commodity inspection,
    storage facilities and other agricultural inputs;
    (ix) employees and firms supporting food, feed, and
    beverage distribution, including warehouse workers
    and vendor managed inventory control managers;
    (x) workers supporting the sanitation of all food
    manufacturing processes and operations from
    wholesale to retail;
    (xi) workers in food testing labs in private industries
    and in institutions of higher education;
    (xii) workers essential for assistance programs and
    government payments, employees of companies
    engaged in the production of chemicals, medicines,
    vaccines, and other substances used by the water
    treatment and sanitizing industry and the food and
    agriculture industry, including pesticides,
    herbicides, fertilizers, minerals, enrichments, and
    other agricultural production aids;
    (xiii) animal agriculture workers to include those
    employed in veterinary health, manufacturing and
    distribution of animal medical materials, animal
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    vaccines, animal drugs, feed ingredients, feed, and
    bedding, etc., transportation of live animals, animal
    medical materials, transportation of deceased
    animals for disposal, raising of animals for food,
    animal production operations, slaughter and
    packing plants and associated regulatory and
    government workforce;
    (xiv) employees engaged in the manufacture and
    maintenance of equipment and other infrastructure
    necessary for food, agricultural production and
    distribution; and
    (xv) workers engaged in the manufacture of alcoholic
    products and non-alcoholic beverages;
    (xvi) workers engaged in the supply of fruit, vegetables,
    meat and fish to supermarkets, shops, parlours,
    fruit shops or stalls, vegetable shops or stalls; and
    (xvii) workers engaged in the supply of marketable
    commodities to supermarkets, shops, parlours, fruit
    stalls;
    (w) workers engaged in the production, manufacture and
    supply of medical supplies and equipment and the servicing
    and repair of medical equipment and other services
    specifically provided to the medical sector;
    (x) workers for wholesale suppliers for supermarkets,
    groceries, markets, green grocers, bakeries, poultry depots,
    fish stalls or shops, fruit stalls or shops, vegetable stalls or
    shops, “parlours” and “corner shops” and retail membership
    discount stores;
    (y) energy services including–
    (i) those in the electricity industry such as–
    (A) workers who maintain, ensure, or restore the
    generation, transmission, and distribution of
    electric power, including call centres, utility
    workers, reliability engineers and fleet
    maintenance technicians;
    (B) workers at generation, transmission, and
    electric facilities;
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    (C) IT and OT technology staff for EMS (Energy
    Management Systems) and Supervisory
    Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)
    systems, and utility data centres;
    Cybersecurity engineers; cybersecurity risk
    management and back-up data technology;
    (D) vegetation management crews and traffic
    workers who support; and
    (E) environmental remediation/monitoring
    technicians, instrumentation, protection,
    and control technicians;
    (ii) petroleum industries such as–
    (A) petroleum stations and convenience marts
    attached thereto;
    (B) petroleum product storage, pipeline, marine
    transport, terminals, road transport;
    (C) crude oil storage facilities, pipeline, and
    marine transport;
    (D) petroleum refinery facilities;
    (E) petroleum security operations centre
    employees and workers who support
    emergency response services;
    (F) petroleum operations control rooms or
    centres;
    (G) petroleum drilling, extraction, production,
    processing, refining, terminal operations,
    transporting, and retail for use as end-use
    fuels or feedstocks for chemical
    manufacturing;
    (H) companies that provide services to oil and
    gas services; and
    (I) onshore and offshore operations for
    maintenance and emergency response; and
    (iii) those in the natural and propane industry as gas
    workers, including for–
    (A) natural gas transmission and distribution
    pipelines, including compressor stations;
    (B) underground storage of natural gas;
    (C) natural gas processing plants, and those that
    deal with natural gas liquids;
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    (D) Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facilities;
    (E) natural gas security operations centre,
    natural gas operations dispatch and control
    rooms or centres natural gas emergency
    response and customer emergencies,
    including natural gas leak calls;
    (F) drilling, production, processing, refining, and
    transporting natural gas for use as end-use
    fuels, feedstocks for chemical manufacturing,
    or use in electricity generation;
    (G) propane gas dispatch and control rooms and
    emergency response and customer
    emergencies, including propane leak calls;
    (H) propane gas service maintenance and
    restoration, including call centres;
    (I) processing, refining, and transporting
    natural liquids, including propane gas, for
    use as end-use fuels or feedstocks for
    chemical manufacturing; and
    (J) propane gas storage, transmission, and
    distribution centres;
    (z) critical manufacturing such as workers necessary for the
    manufacturing of materials and products needed for
    medical supply chains, transportation, energy,
    communications, food, beverage and agriculture, chemical
    manufacturing, the operation of dams, water and
    wastewater treatment, emergency services, law
    enforcement and defence services;
    (aa) chemical services such as–
    (i) workers supporting the chemical and industrial gas
    supply chains, including workers at chemical
    manufacturing plants, workers in laboratories,
    workers at distribution facilities, workers who
    transport basic raw chemical materials to the
    producers of industrial and consumer goods,
    including hand sanitizers, food, beverage and food
    and beverage additives, pharmaceuticals, textiles,
    and paper products;
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    (ii) workers supporting the safe transportation of
    chemicals, including those supporting tank truck
    cleaning facilities and workers who manufacture
    packaging items;
    (iii) workers supporting the production of protective
    cleaning and medical solutions, personal protective
    equipment, and packaging that prevents the
    contamination of food, water, medicine, among
    others essential products;
    (iv) workers supporting the operation and maintenance
    of facilities, particularly those with high risk
    chemicals or sites that cannot be shut down, whose
    work cannot be done remotely and requires the
    presence of highly trained personnel to ensure safe
    operations, including plant contract workers who
    provide inspections; and
    (v) workers who support the production and
    transportation of chlorine and alkali manufacturing,
    single-use plastics, and packaging that prevents the
    contamination or supports the continued
    manufacture of food, water, medicine, and other
    essential products, including glass container
    manufacturing;
    (ab) hotels, guest houses or econo-lodges;
    (ac) the seismic research unit of the University of the West
    Indies;
    (ad) workers who are necessary to keep furnaces and kilns
    operating safely in manufacturing operations that are not
    captured as essential operation in this subregulation but
    who are needed to keep those furnaces and kilns operating
    for safety reasons; and
    (ae) any trade, profession, business or service, activity or public
    gathering, authorised to be carried on by the Minister.
    (6) The Commissioner of Police may by Order vary the curfew
    times set out in this regulation.
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  5. If at any time it is impossible or impracticable to publish in the
    Gazette any Order in pursuance of these Regulations, the President or
    the Commissioner of Police may cause the same to be published by
    Notices thereof affixed to public buildings or distributed amongst the
    public or by oral public announcements.
  6. (1) The Commissioner of Police or a person authorized by him in
    that regard, may for the purposes of ensuring the protection of public
    health, public safety or to public order–
    (a) prohibit or restrict the possession or use by any person or
    body of persons of any specified articles;
    (b) prohibit any person from travelling except in accordance
    with permission given to him by such authority or person
    as may be specified; and
    (c) require any person to quit any place or area or not to visit
    any place or area.
    (2) The Commissioner of Police may give directions in respect of
    matters under subregulation (1) through Standard Operating
    Procedures for the Police Service.
  7. (1) Where a police officer considers that a number of people are
    gathered together in contravention of these Regulations, the police
    officer may, in addition to his power to arrest and charge such persons,
    alternatively–
    (a) direct the gathering to disperse;
    (b) direct any person in the gathering to return to the place
    where he is living; or
    (c) remove any person from the gathering.
    (2) A police officer exercising the power in subregulation (1)(c) to
    remove a person from a gathering may use reasonable force, if
    necessary, in exercise of the power.
    (3) Where a person who is in a gathering in contravention of a
    restriction referred to in subregulation (1) is a child accompanied by a
    person with responsibility for the child–
    (a) the police officer may direct the person to take the child to
    the place where the child is living; and
    (b) that person shall, so far as reasonably practicable, ensure
    that the child complies with any direction or instruction
    given by the police officer, to the child.
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    (4) Where a police officer has reasonable grounds to believe that
    a child is repeatedly failing to comply with a restriction referred to in
    subregulation (1) the police officer may direct the person with
    responsibility for the child to secure, so far as reasonably practicable,
    that the child complies with the restriction.
    (5) For the purposes of this regulation a person is a person with
    responsibility for a child if the person–
    (a) has custody or charge of the child for the time being; or
    (b) is the parent or guardian of child.
  8. (1) Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, a police officer may
    arrest without warrant, any person who he reasonably suspects has
    acted or is acting or is about to act in a manner prejudical to public
    health, public safety or to public order or to have committed or is
    committing or is about to commit an offence against these Regulations.
    (2) A police office under subregulation (1), may take such steps
    and use such force as may appear to him to be necessary for affecting
    the arrest or preventing the escape of such person.
  9. Where under these Regulations a female is searched, the search
    shall be conducted by another female.
  10. The person having control of a motor vehicle in motion or
    driving a motor vehicle, shall, on being required to do so by a police
    officer in uniform, stop that motor vehicle.
  11. (1) Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, the Chief of the
    Defence Staff under the Defence Act, shall hold his forces in readiness
    to assist, and if called upon by the Commissioner of Police, cooperate
    with and assist, the Commissioner of Police in the performance of his
    duties under these Regulations.
    (2) A member of the Defence Force referred to in subregulation (1),
    shall, for the purposes of these Regulations, have the powers of a police
    officer and shall, where acting in accordance with any general or special
    instructions of the Chief of the Defence Staff or of any superior officer of
    that force given in pursuance of subregulation (1), be deemed to be
    acting in performance of the duties imposed on a police officer by these
    Regulations or by any Orders made thereunder.
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    (3) A request of the Commissioner of Police for assistance under
    subregulation (1), may be made generally or with reference to some
    particular occasion or for some specific purpose.
  12. A person who contravenes these Regulations commits an offence
    and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of two hundred and fifty
    thousand dollars and to imprisonment for six months.
  13. No person shall be liable to any suit or action in respect of any
    act done under lawful direction and authority pursuant to the
    provisions of these Regulations.
  14. These Regulations shall have effect during the period of public
    emergency.
    Made this 16th day of May, 2021.
    PAULA MAE-WEEKES
    President