Thursday 28 May, 2020

Jamaican bartender in Barbados is first to breach curfew order there

A Jamaican national was remanded in police custody in Barbados after breaching the island's nightly curfew that has been imposed to stem the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19).

Christean Bridgette Beacon, a 23-year-old bartender of no fixed address, was the first person on the Caribbean island to be charged with breaking the curfew, according to media reports there.

She pleaded guilty to the charge when she appeared in court on the island on Wednesday, and was remanded for sentencing on April 29.

The allegations were that on Monday, March 30, Beacon was found along Government Hill, St Michael at about 9.30 pm without reasonable explanation for her presence on the streets.

She was subsequently arrested and charged.

Last Thursday, Barbadian Prime Minister, Mia Mottley, announced that her government intended to impose a curfew as the number of coronavirus cases continued to rise.

The curfew, which got started on Saturday, March 28, is to run from 8pm to 6am until Tuesday, April 14.

Mottley had announced too, that critical government departments in Barbados were to be allowed to open from 9am to 2pm, and essential services were to continue to be operated.

Up to March 31, Barbados had recorded 34 cases of COVID-19.

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