Two men arrested in Gros Islet for breaching curfew order
Breaching curfew orders has resulted in bigger problems for two men in separate encounters with Royal Saint Lucia Police Force on Friday, March 27, 2020.
During a routine patrol in the north of the island, officers attached to the Gros Islet Police Station arrested two males at Rodney Bay and Marisule respectively around 2 am Friday.
The two men were charged under sections 3 and 14 of the Emergency Powers (Disasters) (COVID-19) (Curfew) Order No.43 of 2020.
Section three of the act states “A curfew is imposed each day from 11 pm to 5 am.”
Section 14 states “A person who contravenes this order commits an offence and is liable to imprisonment with or without hard labour for a term not exceeding six months or a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars or both and forfeiture of goods or money in respect of which the offence has been committed.
Saint Lucia declared a state of emergency due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
The declaration was signed by Governor-General Sir Emmanuel Neville Cenac on Monday, March 23, 2020.
A curfew was also imposed as part of the state of emergency in addition to the closure of all non-essential commercial service which came into effect on Monday, March 23 and last through Sunday, April 5, 2020.
The announcement was made by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet during an address to the nation.
According to the Prime Minister, “This is an effort to scale down in order to give the country the best chance to have zero community transmissions of the virus.”
To date, St Lucia recorded only three COVID-19 cases, all imported from other countries.