Chief Secretary Ancil Dennis said the only way Tobago would get through the latest anti-covid19 restrictions is if those on the island support each other.
Dennis spoke to Newsday moments after the Prime Minister announced the government's decision to close malls, bars, restaurants, churches, gyms, casinos, cinemas, and theatres.
Flights to Tobago will be reduced, as will seabridge capacity.
These measures will come into effect from midnight on Thursday until May 23.
Beaches are already closed.
Dennis said Dr Rowley’s move was the responsible thing to do, given the serious surge in covid19 cases, and the island can only brace for another economic blow.
“The responsible thing to do is to lock the place down,” Dennis said before adding, “I am concerned about Tobago’s economy with these restrictions but at the same time lives, health and the wellbeing of our citizens comes before that.”
He urged Tobagonians to “stay the course, support each other, be your brothers' keepers and assist those who may be out of a job and aren’t sure where their next meal is coming from. Demonstrate empathy. It’s only for a period and it is what is required if we are to avoid a crisis.
"We will get through this.”
On Thursday Tobago recorded four new cases, taking its active cases to 44 and total cases since last year to 230.