Desir: Violating coronavirus shut down and curfew will lead to arrests
Acting Police Commissioner Milton Desir
Acting Police Commissioner Milton Desir has issued a stern warning to citizens not complying with the coronavirus lockdown in effect all around the country.
According to the top cop, “Coming this week we will not be running around, we do not have officers for that, running around, asking persons to desist from doing this. You are aware, the police have warned you and the coming week is not a time for warnings. I am serious about it. Persons will be arrested.”
“I am urging persons to be more responsible,” he added.
Desir made the nationwide appeal on Sunday, March 29, 2020, following the announcement by Coronavirus Czar, Dr Sharon Belmar-George, that the island recorded several more confirmed cases of the virus, one of with, a case of in-country transmission.
As a result, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet extended an island-wide curfew in addition to a partial lockdown, as Saint Lucia continues its fight against the pandemic.
“The police have been working hard to ensure that persons adhere to the rules set by the government,” Desir declared.
“On numerous occasions, we receive calls where we respond to those calls – sometimes going to various establishments probably twice in a day to close them down,” he added.
The Prime Minister he says has given the assurance that the necessary fine for the violation of the emergency protocols will be in place, effective Monday, March 30, 2020.
“There will be a minimum of 72 hours in and please note also that the magistrate court is not sitting, but we have access to a magistrate who has the power to extend your stay in the police station. The custody suites that is at Central Police Station is available as I have ordered that it be emptied so that person who are arrested and been in there have been taken to Babonneau, Marchand and Gros Islet Police Station just to make that space available for persons who fail to comply,” Desir said.