Stuart: Take your food and go | Local News

A reminder is it is illegal to dine in at any restaurant.

And if you decide to purchase doubles, gyros or any other food or drink from a roadside vendor you are not allowed to consume the products on-site.

This is according to the latest orders set out under the Coronavirus Regulations.

Restaurants and roadside vending were allowed to reopen yesterday as part of phase one of the reopening for T&T announced by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley last Saturday.

National Security Minister Stuart Young outlined the new orders during yesterday’s Covid-19 virtual media briefing.

“We have made it an offence for any in-restaurant dining and by restaurants it is not only formal restaurants. In all of our different outlets that sell food there is to be no in-house dining. A breach of that will be an offence under the regulations,” he stated.

“We are not allowing on-site consumption of any product provided by a street vendor selling food or drink. This is a very important regulation that now gives our law enforcement officers the power to deal with persons who breach this regulation. So when you go to your street vendor to collect or purchase your food item, gyro, hamburgers, hot dogs…please understand that you are not allowed to consume it on-site,” Young advised.

“Take it, move on, go away, go to your homes and eat the food, but we are not allowing persons to congregate on-site to eat these various food items and to do so will be a breach of the regulations and the police will be entitled to charge you for that,” he stressed.

No team sports

Young advised citizens to wear their face masks when visiting the various food outlets and to continue practising physical distancing and personal hygiene.

“The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service are aware of these regulations. I have been in constant communication with the Commissioner of Police and they are going to be stepping up their continued police efforts with respect to keeping us all safe,” Young said.

He reiterated that although restrictions on exercising outdoors have been lifted, team sports that involve more than five people are prohibited.

Beaches, rivers, ponds, streams and other bodies of water remain closed during this phase one.

He noted that workers who feed and look after animals in farms and animal shelters are allowed to conduct those activities.

“Food production via agriculture is 100 per cent unimpeded. Last night we added a regulation that services and workers engaged in construction related to agricultural and food production, including land preparation, is allowed,” he said.

More under the new regulations

• hardware stores can open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Street vending of food and beverages, all retail food services, delivery and takeaway food services can now only be open for sale to the public until 8 p.m. every day.

• all other regulations remain in place such as no social gatherings of more than five people and public transport operating at 50 per cent capacity.

• Retail services such markets, supermarkets, fruits stalls, vegetable stalls, bakeries, parlours for the provision of food are also to continue to be open for sale to the public until 6 p.m.

• Pharmacies are to close 8 p.m.

Young said tyre shops, mechanics and auto spare parts places are not permitted to open in phase one.

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