National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, has indicated that he expects COVID-19 Wardens who took up duties this week to try persuasion fist, before enforcing COVID-19 regulations.
“My expectation is that they will remind persons that they need to keep the social distancing that we talked about, they need to keep their masks on and not congregate in large crowds so that we don’t have a recurrence of what we had from October of this year,” Senator Francis told reporters Thursday.
“I am praying what they will do is use persuasion in the first instance – persuade people to follow the rules and regulations. If obviously you are not following the rules then enforcement comes in,” the former Deputy Police Commissioner stated.
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet this week announced on his official Facebook page that 173 persons from around the island had been selected and trained as COVID-19 Community Wardens with the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force.
Chastanet disclosed that the trainees received instruction from various facilitators in the COVID-19 Prevention & Control Act, Ethics, Effective Communication, Patrol Procedures, Use of Force and Prisoner’s Rights, amongst other areas.
Headline photo caption: COVID-19 Wardens on patrol