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Posted: Friday, December 18, 2020. 12:00 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Minister of Home Affairs, Kareem Musa, observed that the discussion over whether the country needed a lockdown must be balanced with the need not to kill off the national spirit.

It bears repeating, he began, that if you have COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms, you must call the Ministry who will make the determination and advise you on quarantine and self-isolation. You can only be released by a competent health care professional, so that means you cannot leave home.

The national curfew, which was to have ended today, returns on Sunday night starting at 8 p.m. and ending at 5 a.m. the following morning. Minors must be in by 6 p.m. It excludes security forces, Customs and Immigration, health care workers on the frontline and others issued badges by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Face masks and coverings remain in place as police continue to make arrests for non-usage or improper usage, save if you are at a private residence, exercising, driving alone or with family members.

Businesses are enjoined to deny entry to persons not wearing or improperly wearing face masks.

Musa explained that Magistrates, on average, have fined individuals breaking the law between 500 and $1,500 where the maximum is $5,000. The new regulations now reduce the fine to $500 and in the New Year, legislation will be introduced to make the offence ticketable.
Social distancing also remains in place, six feet apart wherever you are. Again, businesses are enjoined to enforce the rules.

No private gatherings are allowed, but visitors are allowed to a maximum of ten including the hosts; violations mean all may be arrested, but exception is made for households that ordinarily have more than ten residents. Violators may be reported to 0-800-PARTIES (727-8432).

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