Police Commissioner Gary Griffith says that officers who stopped the sale of pre packaged doubles and other packaged meals at St Christopher’s Gas Station were wrong to do so.
In a statement, Griffith apologised on behalf of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) after officers stopped the sale of the pre-packaged food items at two establishments on Monday.
Officers also stopped at the kitchen of a branch of Massy Stores at French Street, Port of Spain and stopped the sale of pre-packaged items there.
Commissioner Griffith said this was done in error. When he was made aware of the police officers’ actions, the police commissioner remind the officers attached to the particular Division, of the regulations of the Public Health Ordinance which allows for the preparation and sale of such pre-packaged items.
According to Regulation 10 of the Public Health [2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)] (Regulations, 2020), “street vending of food and beverages and all retail food services (including restaurants in-house dining, delivery and take-away services), except discount stores, markets, supermarkets, fruit stalls or shops, vegetable stalls or shops, bakeries and “parlours”, for the provision of food or other necessities of life, shall be closed for operation during the period set out.”
The development comes after the service station’s recent promotion of ‘deconstructed doubles’ which was sold pre-packaged in containers, to be assembled by customers to maintain freshness.
The doubles were prepared fresh each morning by The Original Fat Boy Doubles and sold through the service station, which also sells other Grab N’ Go items.
The company said in a subsequent release that the ‘deconstructed doubles’ would be back on sale from today.