Saint Lucia police have arrested more than 50 people for various COVID-19 breaches in a little over a month.
Police Commissioner, Severin Moncherry, announced the arrests on Friday.
He spoke to Journalist Lissa Joseph of the National Television Network (NTN).
Moncherry disclosed that between December 27 to February 4 there were 118 operating hour breaches by businesses.
The breaches included not having sanitisers and people not wearing masks.
According to Moncherry, police arrested at least fifteen people, one of whom the court has so far convicted.
He also said police arrested ten people for home quarantine breaches.
They also arrested at least two others in connection with ‘home parties’.
In regard to minibuses carrying more than the stipulated 10 passengers, Moncherry said police received 158 reports.
In addition, he said there were 638 individual protocol breaches with 23 arrests.
Moncherry said the court convicted eight people for failing to wear masks.
“The fine ranged from $250 to $500,” he disclosed, adding that police warned 22 for not wearing their masks properly.
“In terms of mass crowd breaches, we’ve had 13 breaches which include football and cricket matches,” the Police Commissioner revealed.
He explained that there have also been 11 hotel breaches.
Police also arrested six people and charged them for breaches of bar protocols.
Moncherry indicated that police are supporting the current state of emergency here, with its 7.pm to 5.am curfew.
“It is something we believe will assist us in performing our duties,” he explained.
He expressed the view that it will help to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The Police Chief said the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) had discussions with the Prime Minister and other officials before the government announced the state of emergency.
Moncherry said on Friday that over the past two nights people in Castries were reasonably well-behaved.
However he explained that this was not the situation in the out districts.
And reports from the South indicate that police arrested five people Friday night for curfew breaches.
Someone who breaches curfew is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $10,000 or imprisonment for six months or both.
The government is seeking to extend the current state of emergency to May 16 when parliament meets on Tuesday.
Headline photo caption: Police Commissioner, Severin Moncherry (Stock image)