Grenada charges 27 for violating virus rules
ST GEORGE’S – Grenada police, saying they are also aware of the “backdoor strategy” to sell alcohol, have charged 27 people for violating the 24-hour curfew and other regulations in place to stem the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Acting Police Commissioner, Edvin Martin, told a news conference since the regulations came into effect last Wednesday, 27 people have been charged for violating the curfew and other sections of the regulations.
Martin said seven of the 27 were arrested for the consumption of alcohol at shops while three are bus drivers who were charged for overloading buses in violation of the one to a seat rule.
“The RGPF [Royal Grenada Police Force] arrested 27 persons specific to the limited state of emergency for lack of cooperation; breaking curfew, leaving their place of residence without due cause and a number of matters that have put us in an environment that makes it difficult to enforce the social distancing.
“All of the 27, so far they have been processed by the police in one of two ways, we granted bail to some of those and others we have decided based on the minor nature of the offence to take them by summons and we have made that conscious decision for two things, given the small size of our cells, not wanting to keep a large quantity of persons and not being able to have to social distance in the cells,” Martin added.
In reference to the sale of alcohol, the Acting Commissioner said the sale of alcohol is also not allowed in small shops that function as grocery shops
“And yes shop keepers, we are aware of the backdoor strategy, we are aware of the locking inside but you cannot keep silent, so we know you will be there,” he said, while pleading for the public to do what is necessary and exercise the discipline required to reverse the spread of COVIF-19.
The police warned that no form of loitering will be allowed on the days specified for shopping.
“We expect individuals to go to a shop, you make your purchase, you do what you have to do, and you go straight back home. We will not entertain or allow any form of gathering or socialisation, in or around any shop at this point in time,” he said.
Any person charged under the state of emergency regulation is liable to a fine of EC$1 000 or 12 months imprisonment.
Grenada has recorded nine cases of COVID-19 and Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell said the state of emergency and the curfew will remain in effect until April 6 in the first instance.