Prime Minister, Philip J. Pierre, in an address to the nation Wednesday night amid a ‘significant spike’ in COVID-19 cases, announced that his administration will decriminalise COVID protocol breaches.
“Persons who have been previously arrested, charged and convicted for COVID-19 protocol breaches will have their records expunged,” he stated.
“We need to persuade and encourage citizens to comply with the protocol guidelines, not threaten and punish them to do so,” Pierre explained.
“I understand that for many of us, we have been called to do what does not come naturally and so there must be compassion and empathy,” he said.
Pierre also announced that in support of his government’s policy of following the science, there will be a structural change in the COVID-19 Command Centre to allow it to be headed by a health expert, not a minister of government or a politician as the law currently requires.
“We must act now individually and collectively to reverse the high incidence of COVID-infection,” the Prime Minister asserted as he announced new recommendations and protocols from August 13, 2021 aimed at significantly reducing and controlling the spread of COVID-19.
They included an 8:00 p.m. end to all business operations and commercial activity, a restriction on social gatherings to immediate family and households to a limit of ten individuals and a 9:00 p.m. curfew to be implemented and ‘thoroughly enforced.
No allowance is given for gatherings and special events for the three week period and neither vaccinated nor unvaccinated people are allowed to host or attend any social activities, including parties and boat rides.
Pierre addressed the issue of mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations.
“We as a government wish to categorically state at this time that we have no intention of going down the road of government mandatory vaccinations. We continue to encourage our citizens to follow the public health protocols and to get tested and vaccinated, thereby reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” he stated.
(See Pierre’s address)