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.