It was announced today that Phase 3 of the lifting of coronavirus restrictions will start days earlier on Monday 1st June 2020.
Here’s what will come from Monday according to Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley:
• Public service reopening: Managers out in full but subordinate workers will be on rotation (encouraging of flexitime or work at home depending on circumstances)
• Malls opening
• Complete reopening of all retail establishments with a 6pm close time
• Professional service providers can resume work
• Public transport will continue to operate at 50% capacity
• NLCB businesses will reopen but congregations must remain at 5
• Restrictions on travel between Trinidad and Tobago will be lifted
• Dining in will be allowed at hotel restaurants for hotel guests
• Bookshops will reopen
• Gatherings remain at 5 but funerals will be allowed to have up to 10
The Prime Minister says Phase 4, which was initially set for June 20th, is being expected on June 8th and at that time, barbers, hairdressers and domestic workers will be able to resume duties.
Chief Medical Officer Dr Roshan Parasram explains why hairdressers and barbers will have to wait until this phase to reopen.
The Prime Minister says Government also wants to bring bars, casinos and cinemas back into operation in the next cycle of lifting but will first need get their proposals for workplace safety which has already been requested.
From June 22th, which is now the expected start of Phase 5, the following will be reopen:
• Places of worship
• Beaches and rivers
• Sporting activities
Even when these activities are reopened there will still be a limit on congregations to five or less, except in the case of a funeral as stated before.