Dr Keith Rowley

Dr. Keith Rowley

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has announced that the stay-at-home order has been extended to April 30.

And all food services have been closed, effective tomorrow, until April 30.

Schools will not reopen for the new term on April 20.

And the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA), planned for some time in May, will have to be rescheduled.

Government will begin distributing masks to citizens who have been told to wear the masks in public.

And there are changes in the times during which essential businesses are permitted to open.

The new order comes into effect on Tuesday.

The announcement was made this morning during a press conference at the Diplomatic Centre, St Anns.

Rowley told the nation that the health authorities tracking the spread of COVID-19 expects that by April 15, when the stay-at-home order was expected to end, “It is quite likely, certainly possible, we may be in a worse position that we were when we started”.

He said the stay-at-home order would be enforced with greater compliance, to deal with the problem.

He said he was not about people preserving their comfort zone or earning capacity.

As a result, he said that effective immediately, the recommendation was that members of the public wears masks, and that the State would begin a mask-distribution programme.

He said hardware stores, and electrical and plumbing businesses will be allowed to open from 8a.m. to noon, Monday to Saturday.

The businesses that have been allowed to open, including some retails stores, discount stores, markets, fruit stalls, bakeries and parlours which provide food, have to close by 6pm.

Wholesales businesses providing food will have to close by 4p.m.

Pharmacies will close by 8p.m.


THERE is a backlog of 7,000 ballistics cases in Trinidad and Tobago.

This climbing backlog is as a result of a shortage of ballistics examiners and lack of space which has resulted in delayed legal proceedings.

Last month, two arms of the Ministry of National Security—the National Forensic Science Centre (NFSC) and the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS)—collaborated to launch a training programme, entitled Firearm and Toolmark Examiner Training, at the Police Training Academy in St James.

TRINIDAD and Tobago nationals stuck abroad have become so desperate to return home that some have attempted to bribe staff at the Ministry of National Security to get preferential treatment in the exemption process.

Now, National Security Minister Stuart Young is warning that this will not be tolerated and anyone attempting to bribe his/her way back to T&T will be reported to the police.

Young was speaking during the Ministry of Health’s virtual news conference yesterday, where he revealed that ministry staff have been offered bribes.

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.

AS investigations continue to determine who shot Ornella Greaves in Beetham Gardens, more and more cell phone videos are being released on social media sites.

Greaves, a mother of five, who was pregnant when she was killed was shot at about 10 a.m. on June 30 when police officers and Beetham Gardens residents clashed during a violent protest.

CHIEF executive of Namalco Construction Services Naeem Ali has filed private criminal charges against three police officers alleging that they assaulted him and stole $.2 million from his vehicle during an exercise in Penal two Wednesdays ago.