Today, the police department issued a memo clarifying the charges they have levied against persons who are found breaching the laws that govern the nationwide State of Emergency. It is not simply a matter of breaking the curfew, but rather, there are various charges a person may face if found on the streets after 8pm. Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, simplified the regulations for our viewers.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “If you’re found between 8:00 p.m and 5:00 a.m you’re charged for breaching the curfew regulations. If it is that you’re out during the non curfew hours and you’re questioned by the police and you do not give a reason that falls within the scope of the regulation in terms of being out for a good purpose then you’re charged for the offence of being out and not being able to give proper account for being out and then business places the remain open like in some cases there are some bar owners who were charged for opening establishments when they should be closed then we also have business places that can open but open after the hours so those were also dealt with. Then we have the issue relating to the curfew where children are found on the streets between 6:00 p.m and 6:00 a.m and in those cases the parents were the ones who were charged for allowing the child to wander or suffer in a public place.”
Other offenses include not maintaining a three-feet distance whilst walking, jogging or moving alongside someone; not practicing social distancing by attending events; moving across cities, districts, towns, or villages for non-essential reasons; hosting a social event; and failing to comply with the directive of the quarantine authority.