SOE in Grenada to extend till November 2021

The State of Emergency - SOE in the Grenada region, which was scheduled to get expire on - 14 July 2021, is now set to be extended until the month of November 2021.

Grenada: The State of Emergency – SOE in the Grenada region, which was scheduled to get expire on – 14 July 2021, is now set to be extended until the month of November 2021.

The Members of the – lower house of parliament or the House of Representatives would be approving the extension during a sitting scheduled on – 21 May 2021. The document for the extension of SOE is already in the hands of members.

The state of emergency- SOE is extended to hold and control the spread of the COVID-19 deadly virus. Below the State of Emergency, the emergency powers act is activated, which provides legal guidelines for the movement of the citizens the operation of the businesses.

Following are the restrictions under the current State of Emergency in the region-

  •  Curfew from midnight to 4:00 am
  •  Face masks are mandatory or face coverings in public places 
  •  All businesses to be closed by 10:00 pm 
  •  Maximum of – 20 people are allowed at weddings and funerals 
  •  No social gatherings without permission.

However, the Royal Grenada Police Force and the COVID-19 Committee and can give special permission to any individual or organisation that is wishing of having a one-off event that falls outside the COVID-19 protocols or guidelines.

Superintendent Vannie Curwen, – an officer in charge of community relations, during last Tuesday’s post-Cabinet briefing, stated, “lawmen would be stepping up enforcement of all the clauses in the current ordinances. Police is allowed to issue tickets to people in violation of the COVID-19 regulations.”

The individual who violates the regulations could be fined a maximum amount of – EC$1,000 (US$370) or 12 months imprisonment. If one violates the quarantine regulations, he/she could be fined a maximum amount of – EC$25,000 – US$9,253 or 6 months of imprisonment while the maximum penalty under the – public health act is a fine not surpassing – EC$500 (US$185) and imprisonment for a duration not surpassing 12 months.