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Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith

Police will investigate the Sekon Sunday concert at Queen’s Hall in St Ann’s, Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith said yesterday.

He said as far as the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service is concerned, the event was a public party.

In a statement, he said according to Section 4 (1) (d) of The Public Health (2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)) Regulations, 2021, it is an offence to hold public parties or public fetes.

“The law was quite clear and there must be a level playing field for all as the police intend to follow the Covid-19 regulations, with the sole purpose of preventing its spread,” said Griffith.

The Second Sunday event had Sekon Sta (Nesta Boxill) as the main artiste.

Farmer Nappy (Darryl Henry) and Nailah Blackman also performed.

Griffith said police will investigate the event, which was carried live on TV and social media platforms.

“The video footage was quite clear, in that it showed numerous patrons inside Queen’s Hall dan­cing to the music of several artistes,” he said.

On Monday, Griffith reminded the population that positive Co­vid-19 cases were still being diagnosed after the police shut down two events over the weekend—a birthday party at a hall inside a building that also accommodates the Passage to Asia restaurant in Chaguanas and a beach party at Tyrico Bay.

Meeting with managers of other premises

The Express reached out to Sekon Sta yesterday, but was told by his manager, Shane Stanford, that he was in studio.

On Monday, Queen’s Hall manager Garfield George said all Co­vid-19 protocols were observed at the Sekon Sunday concert.

George said he had to clear the air on the soca event after many negative comments were seen on social media that proper social distancing was not practised and some patrons were seen waving their masks to the music.

Express photojournalist Jermaine Cruickshank posted a video on the Trinidad Express social media platforms showing patrons at Queen’s Hall were observing social distancing.

George denied patrons were waving their masks as he said one of the sponsors, the National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB), handed out rags when patrons entered the venue.

“Probably at the angle pictures were taken, persons assumed it was their masks they were waving when in fact it was the rags,” said George.

Griffith said he has been informed that similar events like the one which took place at Queen’s Hall are being planned and being advertised on social media.

He said he also took note of a notice the Ministry of Tourism indi­cating that four places were open for business—Queen’s Hall, Naparima Bowl, the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) and the Southern Academy for the Performing Arts (SAPA).

Griffith said police intend to “meet with the managers of these premises to explain to them that in the case of Queen’s Hall, there was certainly a breach of the Public Health Ordinance regulations”.

Griffith said promoters, “in the absence of Carnival 2021, are trying to be novel by organising events in public spaces with all the ingredients of a party or, in some cases, a band launching”.

He suggested that promoters and the public take note of what has happened in other countries where such events took place, and these countries’ health facilities became so overburdened that space in hospitals ran out.


Attorneys are demanding that National Security Minister Stuart Young immediately remove his “arbitrary, illegal and unlawful poli­cy regarding entry to citizens into their beloved homeland, Trinidad and Tobago”.

The demand is made in a legal letter to Young and co­pied to Health Mini­ster Terrence Deyal­singh on behalf of 74-year-old pensioner Radhikar Ramoutar, who has been stranded in Canada since March 2020.

The former Petrotrin refinery is on the market again.

For the second time in three months, the Government has rejec­ted an offer by Patriotic Energies and Technologies, the company owned by the Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU), to acquire the Pointe-a-Pierre based refinery.

It follows 14 months of negotiations between both parties, with the liens (debt) of the assets being the sticking point.

THE board of the North Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA) met in emergency session on the “insistence” of the Health Minister on Monday afternoon and ordered an immediate audit of all outpatient clinic appointments.

The action comes on the heels of a Sunday Express expose which revealed a barrage of patient complaints over long delays for appointments and treatments and serious shortcomings in the primary health care system.

We were misled.

That was the position advanced by Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU) president general Ancel Roget yesterday following a decision taken by Cabinet to reject the bid by the OWTU-owned Patriotic Energies and Technologies Ltd for the acquisition of the former Petrotrin refinery assets.

It’s hardly the grand entrance Joe Biden might have dreamed of. The US president-elect arrived in the nation’s capital yesterday, ready to assume power as the nation reels from the coronavirus pandemic, soaring unemployment and grave concerns about more violence as he prepares to take the oath of office.