Grenada’s Health minister is ready to pay fine for not wearing mask in press conference

The Health Minister of Grenada - Nickolas Steele, has stated that he is ready to suffer the financial outcomes after he was photographed recently in the company of American actor and martial artist Steven Seagal for not wearing a mask and not following the COVID-19 protocols.

Grenada: The Health Minister of Grenada – Nickolas Steele, has stated that he is ready to suffer the financial outcomes after he was photographed recently in the company of American actor and martial artist Steven Seagal for not wearing a mask and not following the COVID-19 protocols.

The Minister, in conversation with reporters, cited that he is aware that the photograph might send a different message to the population whom the health officials, including himself, have been urging persons to wear the mask and stick to the other protocols such as – social distancing to avoid the spread of the virus that has killed one individual and infected 230 others since March last year.

Following the statement, he added, “I had conversation with the Police Commissioner, and as far as I am concerned, there is public evidence that I was not wearing a mask, and I await my ticket, I would pay my charge.”

“The law and the regulations we put out there are for everybody, and those who were in the vehicle are going to do the same. The law is for everybody,” he added.

“I am ready to pay my fine. I would receive my ticket for not wearing a mask in public. And we would move forward, and I expect everybody else to follow by example as well. It has been 15 months that we all have been dealing with this contagious COVID-19 virus, and yes, I dropped my guard; I was not wearing my mask. Therefore, I am ready to pay the consequences,” Steele further added.

The regulations permit an individual on summary conviction to be liable to a fine not exceeding – EC$500 and to imprisonment for a term that should not exceed 12 months.

It also makes provision for a person who commits an offence to be liable on service of a fixed penalty notice by police officer if an individual so chooses to a fixed penalty of EC$350. The Minister was not the only government minister photographed with Seagal without a mask.