Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has warned Saint Lucians that if they do not stop their ‘reckless’ behaviour, the hours of a curfew announced this week will have to extended.
And he had a tough warning for curfew breakers.
According to Chastanet, if curfew breakers are arrested they will not be taken to the Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF).
“We are going to put you in another facility in which everybody who is arrested that night will be together,” he asserted.
“And I cannot assure you that the people who are coming in are not exposed to Corona,” the PM stated.
“So again, why would you want to put yourself through that?” He asked.
The curfew, imposed under a state of emergency imposed this week, will be in force from 11.00 pm to 5.00 am.
Chastanet announced the measure on Monday during an appearance on the government’s National Television Network (NTN).
He made an impassioned appeal to his countrymen to stop behaving selfishly amid the current COVID-19 crisis.
“I am appealing to all Saint Lucians – let’s work collectively together to enforce this curfew,” he told the nation.
“Let it not be that the police officers have to be around reminding us to do something to protect ourselves,” the PM stated.
“Let us not unnecessarily expose those police officers,” Chstanet told the nation.
He made the comments against the backdrop of concerns that for some Saint Lucians, it is business as usual despite the Coronavirus crisis.
Last week persons escaped from the Rodney Bay Medical facility where they were in quarantine, but have since returned.
In addition, health authorities have expressed concern that some persons who are supposed to be in ‘home quarantine’ are out and about in public.
Added to that, smugglers are reported to have been facilitating the illegal entry by boat into Saint Lucia by persons from neighbouring Islands.
Prime Minister Chastanet asserted that the irresponsible behaviour needs to stop.
He said he was appealing to all Saint Lucians to be ‘all in’.
“Stop behaving so selfishly,” the Prime Minister implored.