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TIMELY WARNING: A police officer steps out of a patrol vehicle along the Brian Lara Promenade in Port of Spain yesterday to warn two men to stay off the street during the stay-at-home orders to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

—Photo: JERMAINE CRUICKSHANK

WALKING to the grocery, fast food outlet or work is fine, but sitting down in public just watching the world go by will result in a stern talking to by the police and they will not leave until you get up.

This was witnessed by the Express yesterday along the Brian Lara Promenade, in Port of Spain, as Trinidad and Tobago entered day five of the Government-ordered shutdown of non-essential services to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The Express observed mostly elderly men giving the police the most resistance when told that they had to leave the area and go home.

“But we not doing anything!” exclaimed one among a group of four huddled closely together playing cards on the promenade.

With medical experts warning that older people were more likely to die if they contracted the virus, a policewoman wearing protective gloves and masks came out a police vehicle, stood in front of the men and told them to leave.

“Allyuh know what all yuh need to do...so just do it nah,” she scolded the men.

She only got back into the marked police SUV when they had all dispersed.

According to hopkinsmedicine.org, “When it comes to COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, older people are especially vulnerable to severe illness. Research is showing that adults 60 and older, especially those with pre-existing medical conditions, especially heart disease, lung disease, diabetes or cancer are more likely to have severe—even deadly—coronavirus infection than other age groups.”

Police were also urging people to abide by the six-foot social distance away from each other as well.

Armed with a roll of tape, one officer approached a group of people lined up at the side of KFC on Independence Square and said: “Let me show all yuh what six feet is.”

As he prepared to give the lesson, people in the line spaced themselves out with six or seven feet between them.

“Right,” said the officer. “All yuh have a nice day.”

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