Two owners/operators of a supermarket have been charged with operating their business in breach of the Emergency Powers (No 2) Regulations.

Shumin Zhou and Xiao Zheng of 162 Eastern Main Road, Barataria, were arrested this morning at Happiness Supermarket.

According to reports, around 7.45 am today, members of the North Eastern Division Task Force, under the direction of acting Senior Supt Winston Maharaj, were on patrol when they noticed that Happiness Supermarket at 162 Eastern Main Road, Barataria, was open for business.

On checking the police officers found out that the owners/operators were not persons exempted under Regulation 14 of the Emergency Powers (No 2) Regulations 2021.

Regulations 14 states: “Notwithstanding regulation 3(10) for the purposes of the public holidays on Monday 31st May 2021 and Thursday 3rd June 2021 during the hours of 5:01 a.m. to 10:01 a.m. on each day, only the activities and services permitted by:

(a) regulations 3(5), 3(6) and 3(7); (b) regulation 4(5); and (c) pharmacies, shall be authorised to operate.”

Police officers immediately shut down the supermarket and arrested the two owners/operators.

They were later charged by Acting Corporal Wendell Ramkissoon, of the North Eastern Division Task Force.

The two will appear virtually before a Port-of-Spain Magistrate on Friday.