A Tobago fire officer and a T&TEC employee were among nine men charged with drinking alcohol in public last Saturday in contravention of the emergency powers regulations.
The men appeared before Magistrate Jo-anne Connor of the Scarborough magistrates court on Monday and pleaded not guilty.
The men charged are 28-year-old welder Kerron Morrison; 30-year-old electrician Reon Armstrong; DIQE labourer Kwesi Jordon, 34; sanitation worker Raylon Morrison, 33; 37-year-old fire officer Kevern Jack; technician Rondell Jordan; tradesman Kerwyn Brook; Michael Radgman, 25; and T&TEC labourer Keil Jordan.
Police say they were on patrol around 4pm along Windward Road, Mt St George when they received information that men were drinking alcohol and playing music loudly from their vehicles at #2 Village Street, Mt St George, exactly opposite the Mt St George Primary School.
When police arrived at the scene, they saw a group of men allegedly consuming alcohol.
The covid19 regulations also prohibit gathering in groups of more than five people in public spaces.
They were all arrested and charged. The exercise was co-ordinated by Snr Supt Benjamin, spearheaded by ASP Joseph and supervised Ag Cpl Baker and PC Guy.The men were charged jointly for the offence.
They were granted bail with surety in the sum of $50,000 by Justice of the Peace Ronnie Spence on Saturday.
The matter was postponed to October 15.