The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service is praising the efforts of business owners in Port of Spain for adhering to the Safe Zone Regulations. In a press release issued today, the TTPS stated that during an inspection exercise at nine restaurants and bars along Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook, yesterday, only one breach of a Safe Zone was detected. The following is a press release from the TTPS:

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is lauding the efforts of Port-of-Spain business owners for adhering to the Safe Zone requirements. During an inspection exercise at nine restaurants and bars along Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook, yesterday, 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. 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 culmination of the exercise, which was executed from 12 noon to 9.15 pm on November 3rd, police inspected nine business places, and the vaccination cards of 75 management and staff personnel, and 79 patrons. 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 inconveniences, but to ensure everyone’s safety.

He said, the inspection exercises are being supplemented by foot and mobile patrols, as the TTPS monitors and responds to the increase of the commercial activities with the lifting of regulations. Snr Supt Nobbee said the Division will uphold the regulations set out by the Public Health Ordinance and will take a zero tolerance approach if the regulations are disregarded.

The TTPS is commending the Port-of-Spain restaurateurs and bar owners, and is encouraging their counterparts throughout the country to continue to adhere to the Public Health Regulations, as the country works together to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus and return, as close as possible, to our “normal” way of life.