COVID-19: Police will not go lightly on curfew breakers
Attorney General Dale Marshall
Persons who break the 24-hour curfew in Barbados will not get off scot-free.
All restrictions under the country's new survival plan will be policed heavily to ensure compliance.
Following the implementation of a 24-hour curfew in Barbados, instead of the previous nine-hour curfew, the Attorney General Dale Marshall asserted:
"I believe that most Barbadians will be reflecting seriously on these additional restrictions that have been placed on them, but let me say that no restrictions are going to be effective unless they are effectively policed."
And he stressed: "The police and all of our civil authorities are fully behind these measures and will not be leaving anything to chance. It's not just a question of heightened presence, I want to assure you that these restrictions are going to be taken very seriously and that individuals will be charged by the Royal Barbados Police Force if they continue to fly in the face of the law."
With one woman having faced the law courts (April 1) in breach of the 8 pm to 6 am curfew imposed on March 28, 2020, the Attorney General has confirmed that she is not the only one who failed to comply.
He told the country:
"Over the last few days, even though we had said construction was to end, we've found that a number of people were countinuing to work on houses and we've actually had to send out police officers to shut those projects down.
"We've warned them in very strong terms that if they continue to try to do any of that kind of work they're gonna be arrested."
And he disclosed that others are in police custody already.
The Attorney General went on to say that "there is too much at stake and it is important that Barbadians recognise that the time has now come when the government has to not only impose string strictures but also to impose a strong enforcement mechanism."