Penalty for not wearing masks to be reduced from 500 EC dollars to 100 EC dollars

Penalty for not wearing masks to be reduced from 500 EC dollars to 100 EC dollars

Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs, the Hon. Vincent Byron Jr. 

 

At the time, he was speaking during a Sitting of the National Assembly held on Tuesday, November 17th, 2020. 

 

According to the current Statutory Rules and Orders No. 47 of 2020 Emergency powers (COVID-19) No. 16 Regulations: Section 8 part 1 states (and I quote): “Notwithstanding the provisions of the Small Charges Act, Cap. 4.36, a person shall wear a face mask, covering their nose and mouth when in a public place, once a period of emergency is declared in relation to COVID-19.” 

 

However, Section 21. 3 of the Regulations states “a fixed penalty notice issued by a police officer in accordance with these Regulations shall be a lawful notice that the person is charged with the commission of an offence and that a complaint will be made against that person in respect thereof requiring him or her to either pay the fixed penalty of five hundred dollars within ten business days or to appear at the court specified in the notice on the day and at the hour stated therein to answer the said complaint.” 

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