Police today renewed the appeal for residents to abide by the COVID-19 restrictions currently in place, after fifteen people were found to be in breach of the curfew this past weekend.

Assistant Commissioner of Police, Martin Weekes explained: “It is a criminal offence to be out in public without lawful excuse during the curfew time of midnight to 5am

Curfew checks “at different locations across the island” will continue, in a bid “to help stop the spread of the coronavirus”.

Mr Weekes noted that the Minister of National Security, Renée Ming, met with “officers who carry out these curfew checks” last Saturday, “praising them for their efforts”.

“While we would much prefer compliance as opposed to prosecution, the BPS has a duty to uphold the law and will continue to prepare files on individuals arrested for breach of curfew, to be assessed by the Department of Public Prosecutions, which will determine what if any charges are to be brought. It should be noted that COVID breaches constitute a criminal offence and will appear on your record.

“It cannot be stressed strongly enough that overseas authorities may take note of these offences should you be convicted in Court, and question travellers on their reasons for having committed offences against the COVID Regulations when seeking entry into their country.

“I again urge that when leaving a location or event, you allow yourself ample time to get to your final destination before the midnight start of the curfew,” he added.

“We all have a part to play in stopping the spread of the novel coronavirus Disease [Covid-19] and abiding by the curfew regulations, is key to helping achieve that objective.”