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Penalties Coming For Persons Flouting Face Mask Rule

St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): As a number of territories across the region begin reopening their borders, a proposal was made to the Cabinet on the best practices and protocols to facilitate inbound tourists into St. Kitts and Nevis.

There has been no clear date set on when the borders of St. Kitts and Nevis will be reopened to commercial travelers but speculations are rife that it will likely be soon as the government continues to meet with various stakeholders and staff in the tourism sector.

While speaking at Friday’s (July 17) NEOC Media Brief, the head of the National Task Force Overseeing the fight against the spread of COVID-19 virus in the Federation, Abdias Samuel said that a presentation was made to Cabinet and that he’s certain that “the cabinet will make the best decision going forward.”

The task for also met with the Chair and Deputy Chair of the Mitigation council where they discussed, among other things, the repatriation process.

Mr. Samuel, who is also the head of the National Task Force Overseeing the fight against the COVID-19 virus, urged citizens to comply with the face mask regulation.

Strict new proposals are being considered for those persons who continue to fail to adhere to the face masks regulation.

“We also looked at the potential of making it a ticketable offence, whereby persons will have to pay a ticket for not wearing a mask. We looked at a cost of these tickets, at present if you are taken to court you can pay anywhere up to $5000 dollars or six months in prison or you can actually be fined for both. We looked at the ranges of cost for the ticketable offence whereby if you don’t pay the ticket itself can become an automatic summons after 10 days,” Samuel said.

He is emphasizing patience with the regulations currently in place for the better of everyone within the Federation.

Currently, the federation has two active cases following a two and a half month period without any active COVID-19 cases.

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