Thursday 6 August, 2020

COVID-19: Two men arrested in St Lucia for breaching curfew order

Breaching curfew orders has resulted in bigger problems for two men in separate encounters with the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force.

On Friday, March 27, during a routine patrol in the north of the island, officers attached to the Gros Islet Police Station arrested two males - one at Rodney Bay and one at Marisule around 2 am.

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The two men were charged under Sections 3 and 14 of the Emergency Powers (Disasters) (COVID-19) (Curfew) Order No.43 of 2020.

Section 3 of the Act states “A curfew is imposed each day from 11 pm to 5 am.”

Section 14 states “A person who contravenes this order commits an offence and is liable to imprisonment with or without hard labour for a term not exceeding six months or a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars or both and forfeiture of goods or money in respect of which the offence has been committed.

Saint Lucia declared a state of emergency due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The declaration was signed by Governor-General Sir Emmanuel Neville Cenac on Monday, March 23, 2020.

A curfew was also imposed as part of the state of emergency in addition to the closure of all non-essential commercial services which came into effect on Monday, March 23 and last through Sunday, April 5, 2020.

The announcement was made by St Lucia's Prime Minister Allen Chastanet during an address to the nation.

According to the Prime Minister, “This is an effort to scale down in order to give the country the best chance to have zero community transmissions of the virus.”

To date, St Lucia has recorded only three COVID-19 cases, all imported from other countries.

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