(Trinidad Guardian) Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley and National Security Minister Stuart Young are defending the fairness of this country’s COVID-19 exemption policy in the face of stinging criticism that their children were allowed to jump the exemption queue. However, Rowley is also indicating that the Government plans to revisit and make changes to the policy.
Their defence comes after Guardian Media revealed yesterday that the 21-year-old son of Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi was granted an exemption and entered T&T on November 13, after spending two months abroad.
Rowley’s daughter Dr. Sonel Rowley-Stewart was also granted an exemption and is currently home for the Christmas period. She applied for her exemption on November 4, three days before policy changes were announced and was granted an exemption to return from New York on December 16.
In a text exchange with Guardian Media yesterday, Prime Minister Rowley said more changes to the policy were coming in the new year and not everyone would be happy.
“As we make revisions in the new year, that is no guarantee that the grumbling will be eliminated because these restrictions by their very nature will adversely affect some people more than others,” Rowley said.