Moments after Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley hosted a media conference at which the announcement further restrictions, Police Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith took to the streets of Port-of-Spain and reminded supermarkets and other institutions to ensure that their customers adhere to the updated Public Health Regulations.
Speaking with members of the media during his walkabout, Griffith said as the Government continues to make changes in the legislative framework, the Police Service will continue to make changes in the operational plans of the TTPS.
Griffith said before 8 pm daily, his officers will now place heavy emphasis on foot patrols in specific areas, including supermarkets, banks and markets.
“Based on the further restrictions we will not focus only on mobile patrols but put heavy emphasis now on foot patrols in certain specific areas until 8 pm by having men on the ground at supermarkets, banks markets to ensure that people adhere to the regulations, masks are worn and that the minimum percentage requirement in the institution is kept,” Griffith said.
He also warned supermarket and bank officials to control their customers outside the establishment or face shutdown.
“If they cannot control individuals lined up outside they’ll be forced to shutdown.
Put markers, pieces of tape, six feet apart so it would give customers an idea as to where they need to be and they need to have workers outside to advise them what to do. It makes no sense having a minimum percentage inside the banks and supermarkets and have them packed up outside,” Griffith said.
He added that after 8 pm the operations of the police will shift to mobile patrols and operations along the roadways.
“Police are not in a position to demand that persons return home but we can strongly influence and strongly advise them to adhere to the regulations,” he said.