Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh

Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh says the opening of beaches or any activity that is currently not allowed under the Public Health Regulation will have to be considered by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley. This is either in Trinidad or Tobago.   

“With the overall objective of saving lives,” he said.   

At the official announcement of Standard Distributors Ltd partnership with the Ministry of Health national COVID-19 vaccination drive Deyalsingh urged leaders to be responsible with what they say on any platform.   

“Especially with the incoming omicron variant which is more transmissible now is the time for continued solidarity of all leaders to exercise caution,” the minister explained.   

On Tuesday morning Political Leader of the Progressive Democratic Patriots (PDP) Watson Duke during his victory speech said during their first Executive Council meeting he will put on the table opening up of our beaches.  

“And when we say the beaches are open up every man jack will go on the beach and take a bath. They will not intimidate us and bully us,” Duke said.   

However, Deyalsingh when asked if the Tobago House of Assembly had that power said the Prime Minister will look at the data and will make decisions for the benefit of T&T.   

The Tobago autonomy legislation is still before the Parliament, the THA Act remains the law that determines the responsibilities of the Assembly and the THA executive.  

And while the fifth schedule which that Assembly is responsible for shows that functions such as tourism and culture fall under them, the Public Health Regulations trumps that.