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Police Awaiting Tickets To Enforce Face Mask Rules

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By Staff Writer

St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Over the past seven months a lot of work has gone into establishing and tweaking COVID-19 protocols to ensure efficacy, but while some people are doing their best to do the right thing, under the present circumstances, others seem bent on risking their health and that of others.

On Friday (November 20), many people were still flouting rules that require the wearing of face masks in public. Some who were questioned about the masks, expressed “face mask fatigue”, others said there were no active cases here ” so what’s the problem?”.

The next day (Saturday), officials organized a National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) press briefing to announce a new confirmed case of COVID-19.

One of the questions raised was the enforcement of face mask rules.

“We are intent on applying the laws where persons continue to breach them however we are still awaiting the printing of the tickets in that regard…” responded Police Superintendent Cromwell Henry.

” … the new COVID-19 Bill has been passed.. it is going through various stages before it becomes law, and so once all those processes are completed we will in fact be applying the law when persons violate them, ” he added.

The proposed penalty for non-compliance with face mask rules is a EC$100 ticket.

St. Kitts and Nevis has now recorded 20 confirmed COVID-19 cases with a reported 19 recoveries.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Hazel Laws, explained that the latest case involved someone who arrived on a charter. She assured that all protocols were followed and the person was quarantined and not exposed to the wider community.

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