November 16, 2021

South Bar Owners Upset As Cops Unjustly Enforce Safe Zone Rules

By Newsroom

Bar owners in the South Western Division are being wrongfully charged as police officers are choosing only to accept original vaccination cards for entry into safe zones.

The allegation comes from the Barkeepers and Operators Association of Trinidad and Tobago (BOATT), which points out that the Public Health Ordinance allows for originals or photocopies of vaccination cards to be accepted for entry in safe zones.

“The current health ordinance legal notice no. 262, section 6, subsection 2(b) clearly states that, “only vaccinated persons twelve years of age and over, on presenting a valid vaccination card or a copy thereof and a form of identification at point of entry, are allowed within the premises of the business” (safe zone).”

“This was further clarified by the signatory of the health ordinance, the honorable Minister of Health Mr. Terrance Deyalsingh at the ministry’s press conference on 27th October 2021, when Minister Deyalsingh stated that both a photocopy and an electronic copy (photo on phone) is acceptable to enter a safe zone,” BOATT said in a statement on Tuesday.

The Association has filed a complaint with Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mc Donald Jacob, seeking his intervention.