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Government makes wearing masks mandatory in Dominica

The government of Dominica has issued an SRO to the Health Environmental Services Act # 8 of 1997 making it mandatory for everyone to wear masks in public places because of COVID-19.

According to acting deputy chief of police Davidson Valerie, everyone is required to “use a mask in Public buildings and establishment, Government facilities, bars and markets, public places- park, beaches, hired vehicles and public transportation.” 

The regulation states that large gatherings should be no more than 50 persons unless given written permission by the chief of police.

Owners of a business place can also ask one with a mask to remove it for identification before entering,

“Application must be made with all relevant requested information by the chief of police.  Application forms can be obtained from Discover Dominica Office, anyone found in breach of this will either be brought to court and if found guilty the penalty is $10,000 or imprisonment for a year,” Valerie stated.

He also explained that persons not wearing mask will be charged and the penalty is $75 and that during the independence season, 21 applications were received by the police for review but all was cancelled after discussions with the Minister of Health.

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