St Kitts' gov't imposes 500 dollar fine for not wearing mask in public

August 11, 2020

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts-Aug 10, CMC – The St. Kitts-Nevis authorities have imposed an EC$500 (One EC dollar=US$0.37 cents) fine on persons who fail to wear a mask in public as efforts continue to curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

In a statement yesterday, the government said that the wearing of masks when in a public place has been expanded and that “notwithstanding the provisions of the Small Charges Act, Cap. 4.36, a person shall wear a face mask, covering their nose and mouth, when in a public place, once a period of emergency is declared in relation to COVID-19”.

It said that a person shall not be required to wear a mask, if he or she is under the age of three years old; or if he or she suffers with a disability, cognitive impairment, dementia, asthma, chronic obstructive lung disease or other similar health condition”.

In addition, the wearing of a mask is not mandatory if a person is within a private space including in a private vehicle.

However, the government warns that under the new regulations, a police officer may issue an EC$500 fixed penalty notice “to any person who contravenes the provisions of Section 15 in relation to wearing a face mask in public places.

“If the person without the mask is between the ages of 3 and 18 years old, the parent or guardian of the minor shall be issued with the fixed penalty notice,” the statement added.

The twin-island federation has recorded 17 positive cases of the virus and no deaths.

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