Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday, after PM’s announcement


MASS GATHERING: Inside Pricemart’s Port of Spain branch where hundreds shopped hours after the new restrictions were announced. A smart move? What do you think? Photo by Ayanna Kinsale-

THE Prime Minister announced a raft of stricter covid19 public health regulations on Thursday at 2.30 pm all aimed at halting the spread of the virus.

On the very same day Dr Rowley made his announcements, the country that day recorded a whopping 328 new infections (a new record for TT) with two more deaths. Among the new restrictions announced was the closure of all restaurants and bars.

The latest restrictions will come into effect on Friday until May 23. Newsday photographers Lincoln Holder and Ayanna Kinsale went out and about on Thursday – after the Prime Minister’s announcements – to see how Trinis reacted. Here’s what Trinis did.

TROLLEYS READY: Shoppers with their trolleys at the ready wait patiently in the carpark outside Pricesmart’s Port of Spain branch. Photo by Ayanna Kinsale

SHOP TILL YOU DROP: Shoppers with their trolley laden with goods. Photo by Ayanna Kinsale

CHICKEN RUN: This long line was not outside a health centre for coivd19 vaccines, but was outside the drive-in section of KFC in Gulf View, San Fernando on Thursday. Photo by Lincoln Holder –

PECKING ORDER: People wait in line outside KFC’s Independence Square, Port of Spain branch on Thursday hours before all restaurants closed as part of stricter covid19 restrictions. – Photo by Ayanna Kinsale

BY THE BUCKET: With no fast food until May 23 as restaurants are set to be closed by Friday until May 23, this woman took no chance as she purchased KFC chicken by the buckets at the restaurant’s Gulf View, San Fernando branch on Thursday. Photo by Lincoln Holder –

Photo by Lincoln Holder

HEADS WAITING: Customers wait to be attended by barber Sean Cummings at his saloon on Charlotte Street in Port of Spain on Thursday. Photo by Ayanna Kinsale-

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