Randall Mitchell
‘FOLLOW GUIDELINES’: Tourism Minister Randall Mitchell

If you attend a public performance or Carnival-type event, you will have to remain seated during the show.

This is the new mandate going forward amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts said yesterday.

In a statement, Tourism Minister Randall Mitchell said a meeting was held with chairmen and managers of all national performance spaces under the ministry to address and put additional measures in place to ensure operations of these spaces follow the Public Health Ordinance regulations.

These spaces include Queen’s Hall in St Ann’s, Naparima Bowl, National Academy for the Performing Arts (South campus) in San Fernando and the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) in Port of Spain.

They were reopened last year utilising the health and safety guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health for cinemas and theatres, the Tourism Ministry said.

“A ministerial directive was given that, going forward, additional measures will be put in place to ensure patrons remain seated during performances. Additionally, patrons will be not allowed to congregate in the front of the stage, in aisles, or unnecessarily move around during performances.

Announcements and reminders will be made throughout the event as needed. Some spaces will further revise their seating arrangements to ensure the appropriate physical distancing,” the ministry said.

Additionally, Mitchell explained: “No one can deny the passion and love that we have for our culture. We all really find it difficult to not move when the soca music captures you. The reality is, however, that the virus thrives in an environment where physical distance and other health measures are not observed and we can’t let Covid-19 win.

“We need our patrons to support these spaces by remaining disciplined and abiding by the health guidelines. The protocols are in place to protect all of us.”

Meeting with Griffith

The new rules came after the Sekon Sunday concert held at Queen’s Hall last Sunday.

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith said police will investigate what happened at the event after video footage showed “numerous patrons” dancing to the music of several soca artistes, including performer Sekon Sta (Nesta Boxill).

Mitchell said he met with Griffith yesterday and they spoke on the issue of adherence to the Public Health Regulations at the national performance spaces and the outcome of his enquiries made into the Sekon Sunday event.

The ministry said Griffith “indicated his satisfaction with the Covid-19 health protocols in place at the Queen’s Hall and with the undertaking given by management to put additional measures in place to ensure physical distancing”.


SHOCKED and flabbergasted.

That is how North Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA) chief executive officer Davlin Thomas felt whilst reading the Sunday Express lead story yesterday in which outpatients related their agony of having to wait long periods for health care at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope.

Most outpatients interviewed by the Express over the last few weeks expressed continued frustration over postponements of appointments.

A Santa Flora man was chased and shot dead in the middle of the roadway yesterday.

He was identified as Trevor Hospedales.

Police said 47-year-old Hospedales was sitting on the roadside with his stepson, a Venezuelan national, when a man walked up to them at around midday.

Dear children of Angelys Marelis Boada Munoz. If you ever make it to Trinidad, your mama is buried at the Freeport Public Cemetery, near where she lived, worked, and died.

It is an unmarked grave, but we know the spot. And we will take you there.

Just so you know, your mother got dignified last rites, attended by five friends, two gravediggers, the driver of the hearse, and a lawyer who paid the funeral expenses.

It took 26 days for “Angel” to get that funeral last Saturday.

Heavy rainfall has for years led to flood waters over-topping the Lothians Bridge at Inverness Road, Borde Narve, Princes Town.

However, with four major Government bodies denying claim of jurisdiction over the area, residents are left bemused. The bridge has been disowned.

Videos sent to the Express by concerned residents show a river where the road crosses, during heavy rainfall.

FRIDAY marked one year since Dr Rudradeva Sharma lost his life in a road traffic accident after he and one of his colleagues who worked at the San Fernando General Hospital were robbed and kidnapped minutes after leaving duty at midnight on January 14.

‘I’M fed up.”

These three short words sum up the emotion of patients seeking outpatient services at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope, while their appointments keep getting pushed back over and over again.

While Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh has showered praises on the parallel healthcare system established due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the primary healthcare system is suffering.