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A man walks past Henckels Hardware on St James Street, San Fernando, earlier this month.

The has imposed further restrictions on the opening hours of hardwares beginning today.

An updated Public Health [2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-Ncov)] Regulations issued yesterday, now restricts the opening of hardwares to three days of the week.

According to a release by the Ministry of Health, “From Monday 20 April, 2020 hardware stores, including electrical and plumbing establishments, shall only be open for sales to the public on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8 am to 12 noon. This measure shall remain in place until April 30, 2020.”

The release indicated the move was in keeping with “the continuous review of measures designed to combat the spread and effects of the COVID-19 virus” and was taken after the Minister of Health, Terrence Deyalsingh consulted with Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, and the Minister of National Security, Stuart Young.

“The Government of Trinidad and Tobago will continue to implement measures aimed at safeguarding the health of the population and will keep the public informed of these developments,” it ended.

Previously, under regulation 4(a) of the Public Health Regulations for the Novel Coronavirus, hardwares were allowed to open from 8 am to 12 noon from Monday to Saturday. It was implemented in the 9th iteration of the regulations made on April 9 and also set out schedules for the opening of groceries, pharmacies and wholesale stores.

Regulation 4 of the Public Health Regulations (NO. 11) for the Novel Coronavirus made on April 19 now reads:

“Notwithstanding regulation 3(2) the opening of the following services shall be as specified–

(a) (a) hardware stores including electrical and plumbing establishments shall only be open for sales to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays;

(b) retail services, such as discount stores, markets, supermarkets, fruit stalls or shops, vegetable stalls or shops, bakeries and “parlours”, for the provision of food or other necessities of life shall only be open for sales to the public until 6:00 p.m. every day;

(c) wholesale stores for the provision of food, medicine or other necessities of life shall only be open until 4:00 p.m. every day; and

(d) pharmacies shall only be open for sales to the public until 8:00 p.m. every day.” (RK)