Police ensures residents adhere to curfew hours

Coffee on the Bay — On a night, Sunday, March 22 , where residents usually spend a relaxing time in West End, the popular night spot was closed to patrons. (PHOTO: JAIMIE SMITH)

Night three – Sunday, March 22 – of the Emergency Order for a nationwide curfew between the hours of 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. imposed by Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Dr. Hubert Minnis, proved to be an overall quiet one for Royal Bahamas Police Force officers in Grand Bahama.

The Freeport News took to the streets between the hours of 9:00 p.m. to midnight, to identify whether or not residents were adhering to the regulations. Within the City of Freeport, the team witnessed 37 vehicles on the road, while on the western end of the island, 10 vehicles were spotted. One truck was observed moving at a high rate of speed, in the community of West End.  During the three-hour ride the streets of Grand Bahama, in the abovementioned areas, the streets were, for the most part, without traffic; while there were a handful of vagrants walking on a few roads. 

Police officers were out in full force ensuring that law and order was maintained. The team was stopped eight times by authorities, during our assessment and were asked to present proper identification at each stop.

In addition, a number of major thoroughfares were blocked by officers parking their police vehicles in the middle of the street, to ensure that motorists were not allowed to pass without first speaking to an officer.

Some officers, on Sunday night, revealed that for the most part the evening was quieter than the first two nights of the imposed curfew and that, in general, Grand Bahamians were adhering to the law. 

As of Tuesday, March 24, a total of seven males were arrested in separate incidents for violating the curfew laws on the island. Three of the seven were arrested and charged before the Freeport Magistrate’s Court on Monday, March 23.

The other four were charged on Tuesday.

As the prime minister revealed on Monday, March 23, in addition to the COVID-19 Order 2020 Number 1, a new Emergency Order, COVID-19 Order 2020 Number 2 was instated on Tuesday, March 24 beginning at 9:00 a.m. 

Under the latter, Dr. Minnis mandated that a 24-hour curfew take effect on the said date for the entire country. 

Only those employed with exempted businesses and the list of exempted workers are allowed out of their homes, with the exception of going to banks, grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, doctor visits or physical exercise for no longer than 90 minutes between the hours of 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

This daily travelled along the streets shortly after 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, where many of the major thoroughfares remained desolate, as Grand Bahamians seems to be continuing to abide by the law. 

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