A Jamaican woman has become the first person to be charged in Barbados with violating a curfew imposed in the battle against the spread of COVID-19, local reports say.
The woman was identified as Christean Bridgette Beacon, 23.
According to Barbados Nation, Beacon has ‘no fixed place of abode.’
The Jamaican national appeared in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court charged with remaining outdoors along Government Hill, St Michael, without a reasonable explanation, between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. on March 30.
She pleaded guilty and was remanded to HMP Dodds until April 29, pending deportation to Jamaica.
However, if Jamaica’s closed borders prevent her deportation, she will reappear in the District D Court on April 29, Barbados Nation reported.
Beacon tilted her head and appeared to flash a smile as she was escorted by the police.
Up to March 31, Barbados had recorded 34 cases of COVID-19.
From 8.00 pm On Saturday, March 28, Barbados residents have been under an 8.00 pm to 6.00 am curfew.
The curfew ends on April 15.
Essential service providers including police, firefighters, utility workers, paramedics and media practitioners are exempt.