Saint Lucia police say they issued warnings to 80 students and some 300 others because of COVID-19 breaches.
Deputy Police Commissioner, Milton Desir, made the announcement Thursday night.
He disclosed that police issued the warnings between Christmas and last week.
According to Desir, law enforcement officers stopped 323 individuals for not wearing masks and other offences.
He explained that the offences included non-compliance with physical distancing.
But the Deputy Police Commissioner said the police issued warnings to most of the violators.
However, he pointed out that in one instance in the South of Saint Lucia, police arrested someone.
Desir noted that not only was the person not wearing a mask, but also refused to do so when a COVID Warden made the request.
He said the court fined the violator $650.
Desir urged people to wear their marks.
And he warned that the police will arrest violators.
“It is the law,” he asserted.
Desir also disclosed that among business places, including night clubs and bars, police arrested eight people for COVID-19 breaches.
In addition, the senior police officer disclosed that minibuses were involved in 83 violations of COVID-19 regulations.
He said the police cautioned the drivers.
And in some instances, the drivers asked excess passengers to disembark.
Desir explained that the driver would know the last passengers who boarded.
And he said the police would assist in finding alternative transportation for those who got off the buses.
Desir urged people not to board a bus that already has ten passengers.
He observed now that schools have reopened, students are ‘wandering about’ in the City.
Desir noted that some are not wearing masks.
As a result, he urged parents to set a time for their children to come home.