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Apr 1, 2020

Attorney General on Media and Essential Service

Michael Peyrefitte

This is our last newscast prior to the start of the national shutdown. Now, the media is considered essential services, but there are still limitations. So in the months ahead, you are likely to see shorter newscasts. Speaking on another forum today, produced by Color Blind Productions, Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte said that the media should not take the listing for granted.


Michael Peyrefitte, Attorney General

“We run into problems with some news people you know. They have been clamouring for essential service status and they have been granted it. But like I said not because you are essential service means that you automatically get a pass to be out there after eight. Even so, I would encourage the news people to start the news earlier, finish the news earlier and have their people work from home.  So if your news starts at six-thirty try to make sure that it is finished by seven-thirty so you can be home by eight because it is not automatic that you will be allowed to be out after eight. The question will be what purpose do you have after eight? What purpose if everything is shutdown.”


A release issued late this evening on the matter of essential services says the following: “Authorized essential workers as outlined in Schedule One of S.I. Number Forty-Six of 2020, who are required to work and move without restrictions during the curfew hours, will be allowed to move freely at any place or any time, while observing social distancing protocols, with a pass, authorized and signed by the Minister of National Security.”

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