It is now illegal to be in public without a facemask in Trinidad and Tobago.

Having been passed in the Lower House on Friday and the Senate on Saturday, the Public Health Ordinance Amendment Bill comes into effect today.

With the recent spike in the number of positive Covid-19 cases in the country and community spread being declared by health authorities, Government moved to have the wearing of facemasks mandatory to aid in suppressing the virus’ transmission.

As of today, anyone caught by police not wearing a face mask in public can be subject to a fixed penalty fine of $1,000 for the first offense, $2,000 for the second offense and $3,000 for the third offense. 

Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi gave details on the fines and penalties for the breach of this order, as he piloted the bill.