Rick’s Cafe closed after violation of COVID-19 protocols

The well-known Rick's Cafe has been closed for seven days after violating the COVID-19 protocols as the Cafe hosted a party that breached the orders under the Disaster Risk management Act.

Jamaica: The well-known Rick’s Cafe in western Jamaica has been closed for seven days after violating the COVID-19 protocols as the Cafe hosted a party that breached the orders under the Disaster Risk management Act.

This announcement was made by Desmond McKenzie – Minister of Local Government and Rural Development. The Jamaica police and the OPDEM monitoring team would ensure that the closure order is enforced and the management of Rick’s Cafe has been summoned to a meeting with the ministry and OPDEM for Monday.

On the other hand, the ministry stated that it had noted the apology offered by the Cafe officials. The ministry stated, “It is well-known that entertain activities of this type are banned under the order since the month of March last year when the COVID-19 pandemic arrived on the island.

The ministry further informed that the Westmore land Municipal Corporation did not permit the event to happen, and nor any Municipal Corporation had issued any permit to hold events like – partying since last year.

With this, the minister informed that the other arms of the government are also taking action in reply to this violation of the protocols and added that this illegal party has caused outrage and evoked feelings of biasedness and differential application of the law.

Desmond asserted that “I want to make it clear that no special treatment is given by the government, and the administration would not allow and would not facilitate any form of inequity or division in the application of the law, and the violators have been and would be prosecuted.”

The minister further informed that the police is dealing with this matter, which was captured on video and reminded the people of Jamaica that these type of rule violations carry significant fines, which maximum include $1 million and one year prison on conviction.

Desmond also praised and thanked people who continue to inform regarding the breaches and encouraged them to keep informing the government regarding any rule violation.