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New COVID-19 Protocols Implemented

Under the new Statutory Instrument (SI) introduced today, penalties for improperly wearing a face mask whilst in public and for those defying mandatory quarantine regulations. Ministers Michel Chebat and Kareem Musa spoke more about these new regulations.

Hon. Michel Chebat, Minister of Health and Wellness:There is now gonna be a penalty for persons who have tested positive and are not adhering to the mandatory quarantine. The penalty for not wearing a mask will continue. We are now introducing a restriction to public transportation where buses and water taxis will only be permitted to carry 50% of their seating capacity.”

Hon. Kareem Musa, Minister of Home Affairs and New Growth Industries: You must be tired of hearing about face masks but every single day the police department is arresting and detaining in some cases hundreds of individuals violating this very measure, the wearing of face masks and wearing face masks properly meaning it must cover your nose and your mouth. There is no need for you to wear face mask if you are at private residence, if you are exercising, swimming, if you are driving alone or driving with members of the same household- those are the only exceptions.”

Minister Musa also made it clear that no liquor will be sold or bought after 6 P.M. He spoke about why this SI is necessary, given that the Christmas season is near.

Hon. Kareem Musa, Minister of Home Affairs and New Growth Industries: No person or business or restaurant can sell liquor after 6pm, every single day this applies. 6pm across the board every business that sells liquor you are no longer allowed to sell liquor after 6pm. So if it is that you want to pick up a beverage before you go home, remember curfew is eight o’clock so please get your beverage. I know it’s the time of year that you might want to get an alcoholic beverage pick it up before 6pm, take it to your home and you can enjoy it there. The reason this has become necessary is because what we have noticed in the last weeks and months is a lot of individuals have been going to parks, have been going to the sea side in large numbers and to consume for the most part, some of them are not but a lot of them are consuming alcohol so they’re finding a way around the bars. So again it is regrettable we have to take this stand but we must. So nobody is allowed to sell alcohol after 6pm.”