The Chairman of the COVID-19 Command Centre, Dominic Fedee, says authorities here have received reports of people in COVID-19 quarantine having parties.
“We have heard that even people in quarantine, they have had parties – returning nationals,” Fedee disclosed.
The Tourism Minister did not go into details.
He spoke during a nationally televised media briefing on Wednesday.
Officials at the briefing included Prime Minister Allen Chastanet and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sharon Belmar-George.
Fedee made the observation regarding reports of people in quarantine partying, while reiterating a ban on alcohol.
“You might be wondering what is the justification for this,” he said of the new measure.
However Fedee explained that there have been a lot of social activities despite the protocols and pleas from the authorities.
“There was one famous party over Christmas at a house in Cap Estate. We were told there were over a hundred individuals who were in attendance,” Fedee said.
“And so what we want to do is to remove the incentive,” the Minister stated.
“We all go to these parties and alcohol consumption is at the centre of these social gatherings,” Fedee noted.
He urged people to stay at home and leave only when necessary.
“We do not want to go to more drastic steps where it will be uncomfortable for our lives,” Fedee declared.
On Wednesday, the government announced an immediate ban on liquor sales.
The ban prohibits the selling and consuming alcohol at supermarkets, minimarts, grocery shops, gas stations, restaurants and bars and other licensed operators.
The ban will last for 21 days.