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Apr 1, 2020

Essential Workers, with Limitations, Allowed Movement During State of Emergency

Chester Williams

The state of emergency includes a strict curfew from eight p.m. until five a.m.  During these hours, only some essential workers will be allowed to be out, but their movement is with limitations.  The Commissioner of Police Chester Williams explained this morning how officers will treat these persons who will have to present a pass.


Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“It is expected that no one, except for essential workers, who will be in the course of their employment should be out on the streets.”


Marleni Cuellar, Co-Host, Open Your Eyes

“And course of employment means they are out doing their job or going to work?”


Chester Williams

“Yes, between those particular times. And those are persons like police, the military, medical workers, maybe the man who service the ATM at the banks, B.E.L. linesman might need to come out to fix some blackout situation. And with that when it comes to those persons, other than the security forces, they would need to have a pass. So what is being done is that the businesses in the respective districts are hereby advised to submit the list of those persons they expect to be out during the curfew hours to the officer commanding that district. Then the officer commanding that district is going to send those names to me—providing that they are vetted first because we want to ensure that they are not just putting anybody’s name on the list. We need to ensure that whoever appears on the list, do work at that establish and do provide some service. Once that list is sent to me and it is properly vetted, we then prepare the pass and then it is passed to be signed by the Minister of National Security and then the pass will be sent back to the respective districts for distribution to those business establishments who had applied.”

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