The country has begun inching closer to the reopening of some sectors to vaccinated people, and stakeholders are awaiting details from the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs on how the proposed safe zones will work.
However, despite the absence of specific information, the managing director of Health and Fitness gyms, Chelsea Ramnarine-Singh, is putting in the work to ensure a safe reopening on October 11.
Yesaterday, Singh said monitoring customers to ensure accountability will be critical to their operation.
“The receptionist at each of the Health and Fitness gyms will ask the member to present the vaccination cards and once it is determined that they have been vaccinated and it’s been two weeks since their last shot, we will enter their names in a database to differentiate who is vaccinated and who is un-vaccinated,” she said.
With six facilities scattered across south Trinidad, Ramnarine-Singh said employees will not be given a free pass.
“Since we are attempting to establish a safe zone and allowing vaccinated members to use the facilities, it is only appropriate to allow fully vaccinated workers into the gyms as well.”
She also pleaded with the public not to break the rules, noting the proposed return to operation for many sectors classified as safe zones is a much-needed lifeline to business.
“We are concerned that people will try to beat the system, but as business owners we can only manage that risk by requesting from the public their honesty and compliance so we can get back to a life of normalcy.”
During last Thursday’s post-Cabinet media briefing, where the announcement was made that designated safe zones will become accessible to people presenting proof of their vaccination, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Stuart Young warned that business owners and customers caught flouting the rules established will incur stiff penalties.
Guardian Media yesterday contacted Acting Commissioner of Police McDonald Jacob, who advised the specifics on how safe zones will be policed were not yet ventilated.
“After the Attorney General and others finish their discussions, then we will plan our strategy together with health officers on how we manage it, but until such time we have to wait and see what is said,” Jacob said.
At yesterday’s COVID-19 media briefing, Chief Medical Officer Dr Roshan Parasram advised that discussions on the matter were expected to take place this week.
“Basically, we are working out the operation details regarding it and later on in the week, prior to going into that phase which is October 11, further announcements will be made,” Parasram said.
Efforts to contact Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi for an update were unsuccessful.