Government Provides Clarity On State Of Emergency, COVID-19 Regulations And Curfew

PR – The Government of Grenada is providing clarity on the  current State of Emergency and the Emergency Powers (COVID-19) Regulations, which  includes a curfew between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m daily. 

Erroneous reports in a television newscast on Monday have created some confusion  among members of the public regarding the duration of the curfew. 

Providing clarity on the matter, Attorney General Dia Forrester explained that, “In keeping  with Section 17 of the Constitution, the initial proclamation by the Governor General, when  parliament is not sitting, lapses 21-days from the date of publication, unless approved by  both Houses of Parliament. Subsequent to the Governor General’s proclamation, the  Lower House met on 15th January 2021 and approved the resolution.” 

When the Senate meets later this month, members will consider the resolution, already  approved by their parliamentary colleagues. Once both Houses of Parliament approve  the resolution, the proclamation of 11th January, 2021 will remain valid for a maximum of  six months. 

Both the Governor General and the Houses of Parliament have the discretion to revoke  the proclamation in accordance with the provisions of Sections 17(3), (4) and (5) of the  Constitution prior to that six-month period lapsing. Such revocation will be provided as  early as the circumstances permit, in the best interest of the public and public safety. 

It is during this period that the COVID-19 Regulations, which contains a curfew amongst  other matters, are applicable. However, the actual enforcement, adjustment or removal  of the curfew and other matters arising in the COVID-19 Regulations will depend on  prevailing conditions. 

The Attorney General explained that, “The Regulations are under constant review and  will be amended periodically with the consistent aim of ensuring public health and safety.  We thank everyone for the continued sacrifices being made and compliance with the  Regulations as we all perform our civic duty aimed at keeping each other safe.”  

As the nature of this pandemic changes and the threat to lives evolve, the Government  must continue to take steps in the best interest of the public. The public is reminded to  adhere to the COVID-19 protocols, maintain physical distance, wear a mask, especially  when physical distancing cannot be maintained, avoid large gatherings and regularly  wash or sanitise hands.