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Outrage over water park’s COVID-19 invitation

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Outrage over water park's COVID-19 invitation

A popular water park in Debe, south Trinidad is the subject of a social media outrage tonight, after promoting its business as COVID 19-free because of its chlorinated water.

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‘No more than 10 in our large gazebo, chlorinated water kills covid 19 open for biz”, Fun Splash posted on its Facebook page.

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“Harvard medical school has disclosed that chlorinated pool water is safe from covid 19 keep wet and stay safe at funsplash” another post stated.

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The posts attracted hundreds of comments, many negative, from people who asked why the park had not closed, in response to a national effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus through social distancing.

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The Express has reached out to the water park’s owner. They was no immediate reply

However, Oropouche East MP Dr Roodal Moonilal said he met with the management of the water park on Saturday and advised that the business should be closed for the next 14 days

He said, “In the interest of absolute safety and social distancing although they are not a club or bar or cinema – but we must prevent assembly and congregating if people.”

‘What does chlorinated water have to do with people gathering and a virus that can be transmitted through the air and by touch?” people wanted to know

One of the Facebook posts

Health officials and Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley have asked citizens on multiple occasion to limit their interaction and travel, and the Government has taken the unprecedented decision to close bars. schools and public recreation parks, rivers, and beaches in effort to stop people from congregating in numbers more than 10

Water Parks were not named as places that had to close, although the popular Harry’s Water Park in Tabaquite closed down in response to the pandemic

The Fun Splash advertisement was posted on its Facebook site not long after an 11a.m press conference today in which Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh told the nation that 40 people had tested positive for, COVID 19 at the Balandra quarantine facility, bringing to 49 the number of confirmed cases

There are also people quarantined and self isolating across the country, having been exposed to people who have tested positive, or who visited countries where positive cases have been recorded