Trinidad and Tobago eases restrictions on gatherings and internal movements as of Oct. 12. Borders remain closed due to COVID-19.
Alert Begins 12 Oct 2020 11:51 AM UTC
Alert Expires 26 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): Nationwide
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Transport and business disruptions, increased security
As of Oct. 12, Trinidad and Tobago authorities have slightly eased restrictions on gatherings on internal movements, as part of the nation's ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) recovery and response plan. Revised and existing measures in place as of Oct. 12 are:
- Gatherings of no more than 10 people (up from five) will be allowed. Funerals may have up to 20 people in attendance.
- Public services will continue to operate on a 50 percent rotation.
- All in-house dining at bars and restaurants is suspended. Only takeaway services are permitted.
- Cinemas, casinos, and members' clubs are to stay closed.
- Beaches and rivers are closed. Tours at Buccoo Reef and Caroni Swamp are permitted.
- Gyms and water parks are to remain closed, and contact sports are suspended.
- Teaching institutions will remain closed until Dec. 31.
- Places of worship are to suspend all services.
- Maxi-taxis and taxis may operate at 65-percent capacity.
- Caribbean Airlines (BW) will operate six flights to Tobago daily.
- The use of a facemask is mandatory for all individuals in public spaces.
Officials continue to enforce the closure of all of the nation's airports and seaports to international passenger aircraft and vessels. The edict does not apply to cargo shipments. Citizens and legal residents, including students and cruise ship employees, are gradually being allowed re-entry subject to mandatory quarantine protocols. All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice.
Background and Analysis
Officials in Trinidad and Tobago initiated a phased approach to reopening the country May 11 to allow some economic recovery; however, some of the recovery efforts were previously rolled back due to higher confirmed case numbers. The reopening of borders is only slated to be considered in the final stage. Should the number of COVID-19 cases significantly increase, relaxed restrictions may be reapplied. Likewise, a continued low number of cases may result in a further relaxation of restrictions.
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements and business appointments. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance.
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.