Thirty-one people appeared before a virtual Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, charged with gathering in a group of more than five, in contravention of the COVID-19 Public Health Regulations.
They were all arrested over the weekend.
In the first incident, 16 adults and four children, were arrested after they were caught cooking, bathing and liming at No Man’s Land, Tobago.
Apart from this being against the regulations, the area was also declared off-limits by the Tobago House of Assembly (THA).
The court heard, that officers received information of a gathering at No Man’s Land near the Bon Accord Lagoon. They then proceeded to No Man’s Land and found the group bathing, grilling fish, and cooking other meats.
Police said, there was also a cooler filled with drinks, and the 20 people, which included four children between the ages of 14 to 16 years old, were not adhering to social distancing protocols.
Twelve people were placed on a $6,000 bond and ordered to keep the peace for two years, while eight of them were reprimanded and discharged.
Ag Cpl Thomas of the Crown Point Police Station laid the charges.
In the second incident, 11 people were arrested at Spring Road, Darrell Spring on Sunday for gathering in contravention of the Public Health Ordinance.
Officers told the court, they were on patrol in the area, when they observed a group of persons gathering in droves. Guardian Media understands that they were gyrating to loud music and was in the process of recording themselves. When they appeared before a magistrate via an online connection on Tuesday, they were reprimanded and discharged.
SRP Baptiste laid the charge.
Members of the Tobago Division of the TTPS continue to remind members of the public that under the Public Health Ordinance Section 3 (b) (i) “No person is to be found in any public place where the number of persons gathered exceeds five.”