Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has banned public service Christmas parties next month and has called on the private sector to follow suit.
Rowley said: “If we’re not careful, the Christmas cultural responses could put us in a position where the January numbers could say to us ‘no school’ because we have behaved badly and the infectious rate would be so high that we can’t even think of bringing children back out to school,” he said. “Do not encourage congregation and mixing over the Christmas season.”
He urged people to note that the Christmas season is not a time to relax measures that have been implemented to keep the country safe.
Rowley said that almost every villa in Tobago is booked for Christmas, adding that while that is good for Tobago from an economic standpoint, it means that there will be a rise in the potential for cases to spread. He said it will just take a few cases of misconduct for the viral to get out of hand in Tobago.
“It all has to do with the behaviour of people coming to Tobago or are in Tobago,” he said. Minister of Health Dr Terrance Deyalsingh also called for a “holy but quiet Christmas” without parties and family gatherings.