The Police Administration has observed that despite the regulations and warnings issued by the Ministry of Health concerning the spread of the Coronavirus, there have been several reports of illegal gathering of crowds at public and private functions in Antigua and Barbuda.
The general public is reminded that Antigua and Barbuda is still under a State of Emergency, and as such, it is an offence according to the Public Health (Dangerous Infectious Diseases) Amendment Act of 2020, for any person to host or attend any private party, which includes any person from outside his or her immediate household occupant. It is also unlawful for anyone to attend or participate in any sporting event or any sports stadium; or hold any banquet, ball or reception.
If the owner of a premise where a party or gathering is held; or the organizer of that event along with those in attendance is found committing such an offence, they will be held liable. The penalty for such an offence is $5,000 or imprisonment for six months or to both fine and imprisonment.
The Police Administration is also concerned with the actions of several promoters and organizers of functions, who promote and advertise events before seeking proper approval from the office of the Commissioner of Police. An appeal is made to those concerned to first seek permission and assistance from the police, so that a proper assessment can be carried out on the conditions under which these events are to be held.
Likewise, the mandatory wearing of face masks in public places and social distancing protocols, along with the protocols governing the use of beaches must always be adhered to.
The public can be assured that the police will continue to address this matter and are looking forward to the full cooperation of all.