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“POLICE DROPPED THE BALL,” SAYS PM GONSALVES

The police have stepped up their vigilance and enforcement of the COVID-19 protocols which have been in place for some time now.

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Prime Minister and Minister of National Security Dr Ralph Gonsalves called in on radio on June 6 from Cuba, to say that he had been advised that police had taken certain steps to curb the number of social gatherings being staged, despite health officials warning to desist from organizing and staging such events.

He criticized the weaknesses in policing within the last few weeks saying that it had been obvious to the public that the COVID-19 protocols were not being fully enforced. 

“Even the Commissioner (Commissioner of Police) admitted to me that there were weaknesses in policing,” Gonsalves said. 

He said, though, that he was informed that that police had been speaking to the proprietors of certain establishments and that on June 4, they took certain steps. 

Within recent weeks, large social gatherings have been seen at various places throughout the country, prompting health officials to admit at a press conference on June 1 that this was a worrying issue. 

Reports are that there have been large gatherings at some night spots and gatherings of individuals, particularly youngsters, at other well-known locations like the car park at Massy Stores, Arnos Vale.

A number of national events, e.g. the Bequia Easter Regatta, and Vincymas, have been cancelled since the first case of COVID-19 was recorded here in March 2020.

Amplified music has been banned with the Ministry of Health advising that gatherings indoors have no more than 10 persons, and outdoor gatherings 20. 

But as of late, persons have not been adhering to the protocols. 

And even as the prime minister commented on the actions of the police, he cautioned that the police against being inconsistency. 

 “You cannot tell people that certain amounts of people cannot be at one location on a Friday, but allow something else to happen on a Sunday,” he said, adding, “We have to make sure that we don’t drop the ball for too long on the COVID issue.”

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