AG: This will not happen again!

Attorney General Steadroy Benjamin is issuing a stern warning to those in the country who may wish to openly flout the health protocols put in place by the government to curb the spread of coronavirus disease.

The AG was commenting on a video that depicted scores of people socialising at the popular Ffryes Beach on Sunday afternoon which went viral as it was viewed by thousands of people.

“I was appalled at the situation that happened at Ffryes Beach on Sunday afternoon. I cannot believe that the people of Antigua and Barbuda who are aware of the government’s protocols to stop the virus would persist with great disregard for themselves and others’ safety. I am amazed that there are individuals in the society who would put their lives in danger by socialising in a manner as they did on Sunday without wearing masks etc,” he declared.

Benjamin stated that this incident would not happen again as he has already held discussions with the police senior command and officers of the outlying districts to  ensure that there is no recurrence.

Noting that those who attended the event at Ffryes Beach displayed “a great sense of irresponsibility,” the attorney general is putting those who are inclined to socialise in this manner that such acts would not be tolerated in the future.

He noted that while the police went to the beach after reports were made, unfortunately no charges were filed. “This will not happen again as the police will be better equipped to round-up everyone in attendance and they will be charged. We also hoped that when those charged appear before a magistrate they will receive the maximum penalties under the law if found guilty,” he added.

Health Minister Sir Molwyn Joseph called the staging of the social event on Sunday “a disrespect for the work of the healthcare workers who risk their lives to care for COVID-19 patients.”

He said he could not understand how some people could put their lives at risk with the behaviour that was on display on Sunday.

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