By Aaron Humes: Even with number of active cases going down, the Police Department continues to discourage large gatherings and parties in line with COVID-19 regulations.
Case in point: Placencia, Stann Creek District, where the owner of Barefoot Bar was arrested after police were tipped off about a party at the establishment. Several other gatherings took place that police know about or were made aware of.
While some attendees of the Barefoot party were ticketed for not wearing their masks, police are not actively taking on individual enforcement, preferring to go after the hosts of these parties for violations.
Commissioner of Police Chester Williams said it was not necessarily fair to bash the Government and Police for failing to stop so-called COVID parties: “We’re saying that the numbers are so high but the question is, what are we doing to mitigate the numbers? The Ministry of Health or the Government or the Police are not the ones conducting these parties. And yes, as much as we try to identify the locations of these parties and disrupt them and make arrests, there are some that are encouraged, discreetly, that we don’t know about.”
Despite “irresponsible” and “selfish” behavior by a few, the fingers are often pointing in the wrong place, he continued. Nonetheless, “As a Police Department, we continue to work toward achieving the objective of the COVID-19 regulations.” When police are presented with evidence even after the fact, such as video footage and date, they will go after them.