Posted: Thursday, April 2, 2020. 3:09 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: Attorney General and Minister of National Security Michael Peyrefitte says he cannot help anyone who wants their businesses declared essential nor those who want exemptions from the overnight curfew.
Hence, it has been declared that boledo and lottery and games of chance are not essential and are closed, and it was not a decision by him or the ComPol.
Peyrefitte told Ask the Experts host Dorian Pakeman that neither he nor the executive heads of the Ministries in his control for the security forces controls what goes into the documents – that goes to the co-chairs of the National Oversight Committee and the Representatives on the Committee, Task Force and others.
Peyrefitte also made it very clear that if things needed to be changed, it’s up to the NOC.
And the regulations have been tightened to limit activity of even essential workers during the curfew.
For emergencies, Peyrefitte said, don’t rely on the passes to be issued by the Ministry of National Security; make adjustments as necessary.
For this reason, he announced, no passes will be issued in the first week of the curfew, meaning the regulations apply and those out during the curfew will be arrested and charged. No standard identfication will give permission to be out unless it is signed by the Ministry of National Security.
Concerning the case of Dianne Finnegan seen out exercising before 5 a.m., Peyrefitte said she should have been arrested and charged (she was not) as she was in violation.
The Attorney General concludes that a balance must be drawn between getting what you need done and ensuring there is no chance the COVID-19 virus somehow spreads.
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