Chairman of the Princes Town Regional Corporation Gowrie Roopnarine, left, gives a man an elbow bounce outside the Princes Town Market on Cacique Street, yesterday.

Despite the COVID-19 restrictions and calls for social distancing, some people have resorted to liming at the side of the road.

This was evident in Princes Town yesterday and the regional corporation chairman is not happy about it.

Guardian Media was told that people were continuing to congregate outside supermarkets and on street corners in South Trinidad.

At High Street, Princes Town scores of people had gathered at the Triangle. Many sat on the pavement along Market Street where the Princes Town Regional Corporation was sanitising the market.

At Craignish, dozens were buying vegetables and meat from roadside stalls while small crowds gathered around two doubles vendors.

Chairman of the Corporation Gowrie Roopnarine said he had instructed the municipal police to disperse all crowds in the town.

“We closed the market today and had the entire market sanitised. This included the main vegetable market, the food stalls and the old market which is called the Cacique mall,” Roopnarine said.

He said the market will be closed until further notice every Sunday and hours will be reduced from 6 am to 2 pm from Monday to Friday while Saturday’s will be from 6 am to 4 pm.

Gowrie said they were following the advice of the Prime Minister to practice social distancing.

He also said they were marking out spaces so that people could maintain distance while they wait.

He added, Municipal police will monitor all access to the market and will ensure that there are no more than 10 shoppers at a time.

Roopnarine urged people to be considerate of others.

“We will be going through the town street by street and making sure that no one is liming or socialising,” he said.

There have also been people socialising at Palmiste Park.