A bar owner along the busy Ariapita Avenue has been ticketed by police for breaching the TT Safe Zone rules and operating at 90 per cent capacity, which meant the bar had more people inside than legally allowed.

According to the TTPS, while it is lauding the efforts of Port-of-Spain business owners for adhering to the Safe Zone requirements, its officers were made to ticket the proprietor.

The TTPS explained that during an inspection exercise at nine restaurants and bars along Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook, on Wednesday, the Port-of-Spain Division Safe Zone Inspection Unit detected one breach of a Safe Zone by a proprietor who was found to be operating at 90 per cent capacity. Currently, the safe zones are stipulated to operate at 50 per cent.

The proprietor was warned and issued a $25,000 fixed penalty notice.

The police service said this is the third fixed penalty notice to be issued to a business owner for such an offence. The first two tickets were issued to one operator at a Princes Town bar.

At the end of the exercise, police said nine business places were inspected, and the vaccination cards of 75 management and staff personnel, and 79 patrons were seen.

Senior Superintendent of the Port-of-Spain Division, Terrance Nobbee is assuring owners and patrons that the intent of the exercises is not to cause any inconvenience but to ensure everyone’s safety.