Political parties can have walkabouts with more than 25 people, but they must be separated into smaller groups.

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh gave this advice yesterday, as he urged political parties and candidates to adhere to the public health regulations to prevent the spread of Covid-19 as they embark on their pre-election campaigning.

Speaking during yesterday’s virtual news conference, Deyal­singh said masks should be worn by all those involved in walkabouts, and social distancing should be practised.

“If you are engaging in political activities where more than 25 persons are with you, it is very simple. If you have 40 persons, put them in two groups of 20 and have one person managing each group. If you have 75 persons, put them in three groups of 25 and space them out and also ensure that they wear masks.”

Deyalsingh said political parties and candidates must set the example as the country looks to them for leadership.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Roshan Parasram said guidelines for election day will be established by the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC).

He noted that the Ministry of Health had set up a mock polling station on Tuesday to ensure the smooth running of the election process.

Following this, the ministry signed off on the protocols which were then sent to the Chief Elections Officer.

Parasram said once the EBC develops guidelines, they will be disseminated to the public.

On the issue of whether people in quarantine will be able to vote, Parasram said they are included in the guidelines as a special voting category.

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