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Trinidad & Tobago: Top Cop: New Year countdowns at hotels, restaurants will be shut down

Hotels and restaurants planning to host countdowns at midnight to usher in the New Year have been put on notice that they will be shut down.

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith promised that establishments openly advertising events for tonight can expect a visit from the police.

He sought to remind the owners and operators of these establishments that the Public Health Ordinance Regulations state very clearly that these places must close at 10pm.

Griffith said several events have gained his attention.

“I have noticed that in one case, a hotel has advertised to the public that persons can ring in the New Year at the waterfront. There is another case where a restaurant has advertised that patrons can have a quiet dinner before the countdown begins.”

The Police Commissioner said these parties are contrary to the Public Health Regulations and the owners and operators should desist.

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