For the first time in two years, members of the public can do away with masks while in public spaces effective today, July 17.
However, the mandate still applies to visits to health clinics, dental clinics and hospitals.
Speaking at a Ministry of Health media conference last week, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said individual businesses still have the final say on mask-wearing rules in their establishments.
Deyalsingh further encouraged the use of masks while in settings where the risk of COVID-19 spread is high, saying it is a “common sense approach”.
Last week the Supermarkets Association President Rajiv Diptee advised that the measure is optional for customers entering its stores.
In an advisory on Thursday, SATT welcomed the lifting of the mask mandate on July 17, but urged customers to be mindful of the risk of COVID-19 and wear masks during high traffic periods.
The advisory stated: “We urge customers to carry a strong sense of personal responsibility for their own protection as they go about their shopping needs. We would like to remind you to measure your distance, ensure pocket sanitiser is in your possession and be mindful of your neighbour in the aisle and at the register.”
The Bankers Association of T&T in a statement on Saturday said it will be up to each bank to decide if they will allow customers into banks with or without masks.
The Association added that members of the public can visit their bank’s website and social media platforms for further details.
It further cautioned customers to continue practising other safety measures such as hand sanitisation.
Credit: Source link