Minister Warns COVID-19 Mask Wearers Who Have Criminal Intentions

National Security Minister Hermangild Francis has sounded a warning to persons who wear masks amid the current COVID-19 crisis, but have criminal intentions.

“Our police are going to be vigilant,” Francis asserted.

The former Deputy Police Commissioner noted that persons are encouraged to wear masks in public to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

“We still have the curfew on so you should not be out after 7.00 pm to 5.00 am, so there is no use for having a mask at that time,” Francis told St Lucia Times.

He observed that people going to shop are allowed to wear masks in public.

“The Police will, and Commissioner (Milton) Desir did in fact say that we will be looking at the manner in which those masks are being worn,” he said.

According to the Minister, people have to wear the mask in such a way that the police can see their eyes and their forehead.

“Anything that goes above that, the police will instruct the persons who are wearing it to wear the mask properly,” Francis told St Lucia Times.

“We are going to be very vigilant,” he asserted.

Francis disclosed that there have been a number of incidents where persons have reported that ‘unscrupulous persons’ are taking advantage of the provision to wear masks to pursue criminal aims.


  1. Criminals out there will take advantage of any suitation, you could be dying on the street and they will rob you while you there helpless and in broad daylight, so people be vigilant.

  2. Choops. He giving criminals ideas. Rest assured the criminals do not need his ideas because they are way ahead of all of them.

  3. The Minister Dont have to warn no one Let them use the .They will Surely get what they Deserve

  4. what is this government doing for the countless young st lucians stuck on cruise ships in Miami and elsewhere? Same old african mentality who refuse to do nothing for their people abroad. how the heck can you have countries that already charter flights to get their own people out while you have st lucians not knowing what to do and where to turn? who is in the PM office handling this? why is stlucia news not reporting on this except for some nonsense from sarah flood with plenty words and nothing to say? who is representing who and where? most likely other illiterates across the public service who dont know what to do and how to do it. you all have plenty of young lucians working on cruise ships across America and beyond and you all doing nothing about them? you govt people all taking lavish trips to miami to do nothing of worth and now you all need to do something for st lucians, nothing, nada, zilch!

  5. 6 months into the Covid-19 pandemic I am yet to find a proper mask in St. Lucia if we had a forward thinking Government instead of buying face mask for horses to race we should already have stock pile supply of mask so people would not have to be walking around with rag an their faces, most people in St. Lucia took that Covid so serious from the time it was announce to wear face mask people has adhere to the instructions and improvised . worthless Government and it operatives.

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