Partygoers lie on their stomachs

released with warning: Partygoers lie on their stomachs after police raided a gathering at Sea Lots in Port of Spain yesterday.

Hours after a video went viral yesterday showing persons partying by the seashore in defiance of the Public Health Ordinance Regulations, police swept down on the Sea Lots community and detained 27 persons.

The video clip, which showed mostly minors and young persons, was shared on various social media platforms yesterday morning, in which several young persons were heard using obscene language, and boasting that they did not care about COVID-19 (coronavirus).

One of the persons in the video could even be heard saying “(expletive) Gary Griffith”.

The area was identified by various landmarks and an exercise was launched in the community yesterday morning, under the supervision of Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith.

When the officers arrived yesterday morning, 27 persons were seen assembled in the same location along the seafront.

The majority of these persons, police said, were minors.

They were all detained.

However, instead of arresting them, a decision was made give them all a warning and explain to them the dangers of their actions.

In a release issued yesterday, Griffith said he fully understood that many young persons are “very frustrated” due to the stay-at-home policy, but the frustration cannot and should not be released by committing actions that can cost them, and those around them, their lives. “I can appreciate how challenging this can be both for parents and their charges, however, I am appealing, please keep them away from groups of five or more according to the Public Health Ordinance. Find creative ways to channel the energy, all of which can be done at home without an assembly of a large group. Be innovative, but do it within the ongoing regulations, and stay healthy,” Griffith said.

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