Critical Alert


Trinidad and Tobago eases restrictions on entertainment, recreational activities as of Oct. 26. Borders remain closed due to COVID-19.

 

Summary
As of Oct. 26, authorities in Trinidad and Tobago have eased restrictions on entertainment and recreational activities as part of the nation's ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) recovery and response plan. Revised measures that have been eased as of Oct. 26 are:

  • All beaches and coastal waters are opened to the public 0600-1800. Rivers and ponds remain closed.
  • Places of worship may host services for up to one hour each at 50-percent capacity only.
  • Public services may fully resume.
  • Hotels and guesthouses may permit guests to use their pools.
  • Gyms may reopen at 50-percent capacity.
  • Casinos, members clubs, and cinemas may reopen at 50-percent capacity; however, no eating or drinking is allowed.
  • Teaching institutions will remain closed. Exemptions will be granted to post-secondary and tertiary students to do lab work.


Authorities have not announced any changes to the following previously announced measures:

  • All in-house dining at bars and restaurants is suspended. Only takeaway services are permitted.
  • Gatherings of no more than 10 people (up from five) will be allowed. Funerals may have up to 20 people in attendance.
  • Water parks are to remain closed, and contact sports are suspended.
  • Maxi-taxis and taxis may operate at 65-percent capacity.
  • 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.

 

Advice
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.

 

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