Oropouche East MP Dr Roodal Moonilal shows the letter he wrote to the Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh asking for water parks to be partially opened, at Fun Splash Water Park in Debe, yesterday.

Sascha Wilson

Oropouche East MP Dr Roodal Moonilal wants water parks, resorts, and similar places of leisure to be partially reopened.

Moonilal wrote to Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh yesterday asking him and his team of medical experts to consider reopening these places since they have been closed for the past eight months.

Speaking at Fun Splash Water Park in Debe, which is within his constituency, Moonilal said water parks could be reopened under the same health and safety protocols that apply to beaches.

“We believe the reopening of water parks should be carefully monitored. It should be reopened at half capacity or some other proportion that is deemed necessary.”

Noting that the weekly and average daily rate of COVID-19 infections has been low, he said, “These parks create enormous employment, generate income and provide recreation for thousand and thousands of persons. They pose no more threat for the spread of COVID 19 than gymnasiums supermarkets, pharmacies, shopping malls, and other commercial locations that attract public patronage.”

However, he said strict conditions should apply, including the enforcement of COVID-19 protocols. Moonilal also recommended a ban on the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages.

“They can be opened with the same health protocols in place, security protocols as beaches, as you know in Tobago and Trinidad beaches are now accessible to members of the public.”

Noting that for the last few months children were confined at home, participating in online education, he said now that school is closed they should be able to visit water parks and similar places.