Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Dr Keith Rowley allowed places of worship to re-open from Monday – but they can only operate at 25 percent capacity because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Rowley stated that church or other religious services are limited to only one hour, and people must exercise extreme caution. All attendees are required to wear face masks, maintain social distancing and sanitise their hands before entering the places of worship.
He also called upon the leadership of shrines to encourage the participants to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. Rowley said parents must also get their children vaccinated as Pfizer doses are approved to be administered to 12-year-olds and above.
The government had closed all places of worship after the country recorded a huge increase in daily virus cases. After the closure, people were mostly attending virtual church services.
The decision is being welcomed by all religious communities of the country. People have shown confidence in the government’s decision and also promised to adhere to health protocols. But some people want the government to allow 50 percent occupancy at religious places.