The lyrics from chutney artistes Ravi B and Rakesh Yankaran’s 2015 hit “Monday” summed up the position taken by several citizens on Monday, that despite a global pandemic and warnings to avoid large gatherings, “every Monday is Caura, yes every Monday is river.”
Guardian Media Limited visited the popular liming spot yesterday and shortly after midday there were all the elements of a good “Trini” river lime.
At Caura, music was blasting, pots were bubbling, as people appeared to throw caution to the wind and the revelry all went down while Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley was issuing a warning to the nation that “gatherings beyond twenty-five persons should be avoided at all costs.”
From the young to the not so young, they congregated along the river bed where just a few meters away infected people were being quarantined at the Caura Hospital.
Tents were also being constructed signalling that some intended to ride out the wave for as long as it takes.
According to school maxi-taxi driver Hansraj Samlal, the threats posed by the coronavirus weren’t enough to keep him at bay, “I not really concerned but if something have to happen it just happen, you cannot hide, so I just came out and said let’s come and lime, I not working for this week so I take the week off and come down with my nephew to buss ah lime.”
While concerns over Covid-19 have not stopped people from enjoying the outdoors, health officials are recommending that people, especially those with underlying conditions like hypertension and cardiovascular disease, avoid crowds and practice social distancing—keeping a safe distance away from others.