Following a growing international trend of governments using extreme measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, on 3rd April 2020, President Granger implemented nationwide shut down of non-essential businesses.
This order also included the implementation of a nightly 12-hour curfew from 6 pm to 6 am. Despite taking these and other measures, businesses and individuals continue to defy the curfew. One such example was a particular bar located on the Grove Public Road on the East Bank of Demerara. Residents complained that the bar continues to be open for business well into the night. Cell phone footage received by this newscast showed that on Tuesday night, the bar was open past 8 pm. Perplexing still is the fact that the bar is within walking distance of the Grove Police Station.
After receiving such complaints, Headline News Update personally reported the matter to the station who immediately sent an officer to order the bar patrons to go home. However, it is unclear if the proprietor was charged with any offence.
This news comes days after Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo repeated his call for persons to stay at home and to practise social distancing when necessary. While Nagamootoo has ruled out jail time as a punishment for breaking the curfew, he nevertheless called on officers to “creative means” to enforcing the COVID-19 Emergency Measures.