Camille McEachnie

Four persons, including a juvenile, were arrested in Tobago for breaking State of Emergency Regulations (2021).

Two restauranteurs were also held for breaching Public Health Regulations (2021).

This is according to Inspector (Ag.) Alicia Piggott of the TTPS Tobago Division.

On May 15, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley said a daily (8:59 pm to 5:01 am) curfew was set to begin from May 16 under the Public Health Ordinance.

Speaking to Guardian Media yesterday evening, Inspector Piggott said the persons, who broke the SoE, were not yet charged.

” There was also a minor involved,” she said.

She first spoke of the arrests on Tobago Channel 5’s morning talk show Rise and Shine on May 17 with host Deryck Brathwaite (Brother B).

“Up to last night (May 16), there were four persons who were outside during the curfew hours and could not explain as to why they were outside,” Piggott said then.

She also reminded the public that the fine for breaking curfew is $250,000.

The TTPS’s Tobago media ambassador also noted that the Public Health Ordinance, which ordered restaurants closed, remains in place.

” There are two persons who were arrested for having a restaurant open…when the regulations told you that you cannot have restaurants open…and they were selling food, I understand,” Piggott said.

She advised persons to obey the SoE regulations by exercising at home and not drinking in public spaces.

She also reminded that only persons deemed as offering essential services are permitted outdoors during curfew hours.

She said organizations wishing to apply for curfew passes could do so by writing to the Commissioner of Police. However, in Tobago, organisations can send applications to ACP William Nurse.

“So you would send to the ACP what is the company’s name, what the company does, and once the ACP is satisfied, (the passes will be issued)… the police would also look at it and see if your company is an essential service.”