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Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh.

The Ministry of Health has revised its regulations concerning the closure of hardware stores, following the disastrous flooding over the weekend.

In a new advisory, the Ministry says hardware stores in those municipalities affected by severe flooding will be allowed open today, (Monday June 7th), and tomorrow (Tuesday June 8)—Point Fortin, San Juan/Laventille, Sangre Grande, Siparia, and Tunapuna/Piarco.

Hardware stores in these areas are being allowed to operate between the hours of 8 am and 3 pm, only.

The following is the full text of the Health Ministry advisory…

Statement from the Honourable Terrence Deyalsingh, Minister of Health on the Opening of Hardware Stores in specific areas on Monday 7th June and Tuesday 8th June, 2021

Port of Spain, 7 June 2021: In response to the recent flooding which occurred in various parts of the country due to inclement weather, and the consequent damage to property, hardware stores in specific areas will be allowed to operate on a temporary basis.

As a result, pursuant to Regulation 3(10)(ao) of the Emergency Powers (No. 2) Regulations, 2021, the Minister of Health hereby authorises hardware stores in the following municipalities ONLY to operate between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm on Monday 7th June and Tuesday 8th June, 2021:

●   Point Fortin

●   San Juan/Laventille

●   Sangre Grande

●   Siparia

●   Tunapuna/ Piarco

Members of the public and hardware store operators are advised to comply strictly with the public health guidelines and other legal requirements of the Public Health [2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)] (No. 16) Regulations, 2021. Additionally, shoppers are also asked to limit the time spent in these hardware stores by restricting their purchases to those essential items that are required to repair damage due to flooding.

The Ministry of Health will continue to monitor this development and take steps to safeguard the health of the population.