The Commonwealth Of Dominica Police Force said 27 people were charged over the last two weeks due to curfew violation and breach of COVID 19 protocols.

Acting deputy police Chief, Davidson Valerie said the charges include the non-wearing of masks in the public.

“In terms of wearing masks in public, there are still too many people who walk around in public without a mask or don’t wear the mask appropriately.”

He advised citizens that wearing masks in a public place is mandatory and people who are found not wearing masks or nose and mouths coverings will be prosecuted.

Valerie added, a summons will be issued to anyone found guilty and they are to appear before the court as instructed by the standing order 26 of 2020.

“Over the past two weeks, the police have preferred a total of 27 charges against various persons who have violated the curfew order and breached the protocols.”

He said, “The charges include not wearing a mask in a public place, being out in a public place, during the curfew hours without being exempted to do so, keeping their business establishment open during the prohibited hours of curfew among others.

The country’s deputy police chief also urged citizens to wear their masks, stay indoors if they have no purpose to be out, and persons who are given a red wrist band please remain indoors.