COVID-19 update and press conference – February 18, 2021.

 The Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) has already brought some 20 cases involving persons breaking curfew before the courts and according to Commissioner of Police, Tyrone Griffith, that is 20 too many.

He expressed this view while speaking during this morning’s COVID-19 update at Ilaro Court. Noting that the majority of Barbadians were adhering to the law, he admonished those who still flouted the directive.

“…We’re seeing persons still attempting to open shops and other businesses… not wearing their mask appropriately. …We’re also seeing instances of people crowding at the beaches,” he pointed out.

He added that going forward, “we’ll have a zero-tolerance policy in terms of persons breaching the directives…I think we have warned sufficient people”.

The RBPF will be ramping up responses to calls regarding breaches of the directives working in conjunction with the COVID-19 Monitoring Unit and a team of Compliance Officers.

“….15 teams of two, to three persons going across the country, the three territorial divisions, performing that function…and it’s now for us to take it to that stage, where we will be taking more persons before the court, that fail to adhere to the protocols,” the Commissioner revealed.

Referring to the large number of vehicles and people still being seen on the roads, Mr. Griffith appealed to the public to, “adhere strictly to the protocols”.

“I am going to ask that members of the public, civic-minded Barbadians, call in instances of breaches that they experience, or hear of to the police, so that we can take strong action in relation to those matters”.

fabian.belgrave@barbados.gov.bb

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