Young Male Arrested As City Police Enforce COVID-19 Regulations

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City police officers arrested a young male Monday, in a crackdown on violations of Saint Lucia’s COVID-19 Protection & Control regulations.

The youngster was not wearing a mask, it was disclosed.

“This morning we had somebody arrested,” Castries Mayor, Peterson Francis, told reporters.

“I  just made a round in the market – young boy, ‘Where is your mask?’ He takes it out of his pocket. As soon as he passes the police, he took it off again,” Francis recalled.

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The Mayor said the police will charge the young offender under the appropriate section of the COVID-19 Prevention & Control regulations.

Section 21.1 of the regulations mandate the wearing of masks or suitable covering for the nose and mouth when in public.

The regulations also mandate that as far as practicable, people should distance themselves from others.

The maximum penalty for non-compliance is $1,000 or 6 months in prison, or both.

“My hope is that everyone will comply and that people who are not observing protocols will be shamed into complying or made to account. If we are concerned about what is going on, we will observe all health protocols and guidelines,” the Castries Mayor declared.

On Sunday, the Ministry of Health announced confirmation of three new cases of COVID-19, amid heightened concern about community spread of the virus.

One day later, Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sharon Belmar-George, urged citizens to be on high alert in regard to COVID-19.


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