Trinbagonians will have to wait another month before any of the previously enforced COVID-19 restrictive measures are altered. On Saturday, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley announced that the present restrictions will be maintained through October 11th.

Further to this, the following announcements were also made:⠀

•In preparation for the national budget, all public servants necessary for the completion of this exercise have been deemed essential and are required to work. ⠀

•Law enforcement officers are expected to enforce the full brunt of the law on persons who breach the existing Public Health Regulations. ⠀

•Minister of National Security the Hon Stuart Young, confirms that there are existing laws for both private and public spaces that allow members of the Police Service to intervene if there is a threat to public safety.⠀

•Permanent residents outside of Trinidad and Tobago will be granted an amnesty and will not have their residency status revoked.⠀

•Trinidad and Tobago’s borders remain closed.⠀

•Maxi-Taxis will be allowed to operate at a 65 per cent capacity. The Ministry of Health has approved a seating arrangement map which will allow for physical distancing to be maintained in the vehicles. This map will be published with the updated regulations.⠀

•Thoracic Medical Director at the Caura Hospital Dr Michelle Trotman has appealed to COVID-19 positive patients at the hospital to leave their oxygen mask on as prescribed by their doctors. Failure to do so can result in the patient developing “happy hypoxia” which can create an illusion that the patient is on the mend when they are not.