The police in Dominica on Wednesday issued a warning to residents who break the curfew imposed on the island following the passage of Hurricane Maria last month. The warning noted there would be an increase in law enforcement officials in the capital to “prevent any possibility of lawlessness.”
Acting Police Commissioner Davidson Valerie, speaking at the daily news briefing on the progress being made following the passage of the Category 5 storm on September 18, said that 102 people have been arrested for breaking the curfew and will be prosecuted.
Up to six months in jail
He said on conviction, a person risk facing a fine of up to EC$5,000 and up to six months in jail.
On Tuesday, the Ministry of Justice, Immigration and National Security said that based on the advice of the Chief of Police, the curfew hours had now been changed 10.00 pm to 5.00 pm instead of the previous 6.00 pm to 6.00am (local time).
It said that the change, which goes into effect immediately, is “to facilitate economic activity.
Roseau returning to normalcy
“The city of Roseau is returning to a state of normalcy and security in the city is becoming more stable. There is, however, still a need for enhanced security and vigilance. All citizens are advised to comply with the curfew hours as stated,” the government said, after it had earlier this month announced a relaxation of the curfew in outlying areas.
The storm killed at least 28 people and left billions of dollars in damage when it made its way through Dominica last month.
For more on the on the Dominica curfew, visit the link: Curfew revision announced by Dominica’s PM