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Apr 8, 2020

The Number of S.O.E. Arrests Dwindles

On Tuesday night, Cayo District which has reported three cases of COVID-19 went under an additional lockdown. The police continue to do their rounds in other parts of the country and the number of persons arrested and charged for offenses related to the stipulations of the state of emergency continues to dwindle.  Overnight, a total of fifty-nine persons were detained and charged for violating the regulations and top cop Chester Williams says that the closure of businesses at four p.m. daily gives no excuse for persons to remain on the streets if they are not deemed essential workers.


Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“For today we had fifty-nine arrests over the course of the twenty-four hours so we’ll be just above five hundred, but we’re seeing a decline now in the number of arrests.  I think yesterday was seventy-something and today is fifty-nine, so the arrests are going down.  I hope that it is an indication that less and less persons are now on the streets.  With the close of business places at four, that would be able to give us better control in terms of persons on the streets.  Once four o’clock strikes, we’ll no longer be getting excuses from people that they’re going to the shop, they’re going to the banks, they’re going here, they’re going there.  Four o’clock everything closes, so only people who are going to be on the streets after four p.m. are essential workers and those will be essential workers who will be performing some essential function and in the absence of that they will not be allowed to be on the street, so we should have better control after this.”

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