Government locks down Caura River

Story by ANNA-LISA PAUL

The main entrance to the Caura River site has been barricaded, to prevent citizens from using it during the current COVID-19 crisis

Days after several people were seen liming at the Caura River, the popular public space has been closed down by Government.

This follows the PM’s announcement that public gatherings should not exceed ten persons, and his hint that Government was considering cracking down on liming at bars and rivers.

During yesterday’s media conference, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley had indicated that government was considering whether bars could lose their licences for breaching the regulations, as well as restricting access to Caura River and other popular public spaces, since gathering at these sites could be considered public health threats.

When Guardian Media visited Caura River, this morning, the area was deserted, except for a small group of CEPEP workers.

In addition, concrete barriers had been placed at the main entrance to prevent anyone from accessing the river.

Two CEPEP workers—Damion Phillip and Keisha Hinds—told Guardian Media the barriers at both Pools One and Two were placed there around 10.30 pm yesterday.

They also said Local Government Minister Kazim Hosein and MP Esmond Forde visited the area around 7 am today, to ensure there were no errant bathers at the Caura River.

The CEPEP workers praised the move by government to officially close the river, as they said it would reduce the water pollution and garbage often left by users.