UPDATE (COVID-19): State of Emergency declared in Dominica

A state of emergency has been declared in Dominica.

A curfew is now in effect from 6pm to 6am on weekdays, with a total lockdown on weekends, until the 20th of April, 2020.

The Attorney General, Levi Peter, has just made the announcement on state-owned radio station DBS.

The Emergency Powers Proclamation signed by President Charles Savarin, which authorizes the curfew, states that a person must not be out in a public place between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. on Monday to Friday. The order continues, “between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Monday to Friday, a person must not be out in a public place except to provide or access essential services.”

It adds that from 6:00 p.m. on Friday to 6:00 a.m. on Monday, there will be a total lockdown and only essential workers as defined in paragraph 4(3) of the Emergency Powers Statutory Rules and Order or those who have written authorisation from the Commissioner of Police.

The order further specifies that the above-mentioned information, notwithstanding, “from 6:00 p.m. on Thursday the 9th day of April 2020 to 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday the 14th day of April 2020, no person shall be out in a public place unless they fall within the exceptions stated at paragraph 4(3) or have written authorisation from the Commissioner of Police.”

Among the categories of persons who will also be exempted from the prohibition of being in a public place during the curfew period include those seeking urgent medical care, shopping for necessities, conducting a banking transaction, caring for a family member, pet or livestock;
and engaging in construction and manufacturing.

The full text of the Emergency Powers Proclamation is posted below.

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34 Comments

  1. Elcita Reynolds
    April 3, 2020

    I agree with the country shuting down but he should have allowed people to get back home to ghere family’s

  2. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    April 3, 2020

    There is absolutely no sense in that!

    What difference it makes to be isolated only between the hours of 6:00 P.M and 6:00 A.M;  one wakes up the next day only find themselves in a crowed?

    A state of emergency causes people to act precipitously; when people are coerce into doing something they do not wish to do; that only causes them act worst.

    In this case a state of emergency promotes anger, hence the results could mean a rebellion against Roosevelt.

    This would be a bad time for a revolution, but if a revolution were to come at this moment; the Roosevelt would be the one who caused it!

    The notion of a state of emergency during this crisis is simply stupid!

    I heard some idiot said the state of emergency pertains to UWP supporters only; what the idiot don’t know is that in randomness and entropy, bullets have no name written on them; unless the perpetrators of evil; the government targets individuals of their opposition.

    • Man bites dogs
      April 6, 2020

      @Francisco, There was a reason for that times 6pm – 06am we didn’t want your family as you lots calls them Jehovah Witness, to get there first!

  3. Music Producer
    April 3, 2020

    Every single country on earth, including Dominica, must follow WHO, UN protocol. Allu just don’t get it. Skerro run things in Dominica but, who runs Skerro?

  4. corona
    April 2, 2020

    But why could’nt Charlo read this important message himself nuh in light of a global pandemic?

    But why did the AG have to rush through the script of a big Presidential message like that nuh?

    The constitution still has balls nuh or is it just a script for big boys to toy around with and ignore as they please?

    But why this wasnt even announced throughout the day and within 2 minutes of DBS announcing it the AG was on nuh?

    But why a second curfew announced without even proper prior notice nuh?

    And why if Dominicans knew about state of emergency or not wherever it took them or is not the government’s business nuh?

    And why so many proviso’s in the SRO nuh? Why can’t the Gov’t just do a full, clearly stated lockdown to assess and then smoothly resume business after atleast one or 2 weeks nuh?

    Why all this coshoni in what seems to be simple processes to deal with a global pandemic nuh?

    People who feel safe want some of us to die nuh so they can cry crocodile…

  5. April 2, 2020

    I am not against 6pm but, I think 8pm would have been better. Give people a chance to get home from work or grocery shopping.

    • D/can to d bone
      April 2, 2020

      But but but smdh

    • SIR BANNAN
      April 3, 2020

      hahaha curfew should be 14 days inn with 1 family member at a certain time to get important stuff needed like food and water, this virus is taking over and if we dont go against its game it will win by human extinction, pleases take it seriously Dominicans!

  6. As I see it
    April 2, 2020

    COVID-19 is a very serious killer pandemic that must be taken seriously by all and therefore governments should declare a state of emergency to ensure that people stay at home as much as possible. But what I see in here is a dictatoship that’s using Covid-19, and state of emergency to see if it will catch it’s opponents unaware. I say this because of the way that a state of emergency is announced. In Dominica we have about 6 radio stations but three main stations in terms of listenership: DBS- state owned and very anti opposition; Kairi fm- privately owned but listened to by mostly supporters of the DLP and q95, privately owned but pro uwp. It’s fair to say that at least 45% of us listen to Q95. How could Skerrit ignore and avoid the listeners of Q95 during such an important state of emergency announcement? Are they hoping that supporters and listeners of Q95 will be caught unaware so they could be arrest them, especially Lennox Linton and UWp leaders? Seems so to me

    • viewsexpressed
      April 3, 2020

      Question: “How could Skerrit ignore and avoid the listeners of Q95 during such an important state of emergency announcement?:
      Response: Because he is an idiot. Blind, spontaneously out of touch of the bigger picture. Has shown lacks matters of the bigger picture, weird characteristics of his immaturity and application of what matters.
      We definitely need a change of leadership and government in our aching and ailing economy and development. Skerrit and his failed Labour government after 19 log years has nothing to show anything of substance that he has undertaken to make a difference in our development, which has not happened. Why on earth is this failed man Skerrit is still Prime (Odd) Minister of our Dominica.
      We have heard of the Bobols: The Red Clinic Bobol; The Bin Bobol The Passport Bobol, and has failed us due to his lack of foresight, focus on matters of Socio-economic Development. Skerrit has travelled all over the world with our tax money and there`s nothing to show for…

      • Man bites dogs
        April 6, 2020

        @Viewsexpressed, who are the listeners of Q95 look guy we are not running a comedy show you better get that ridiculous idea straight into your septic head.

  7. Man bites dogs
    April 2, 2020

    Those of you blue rubber mouth that was not obeying or would not obey the curfew now you have the State of Emergency let us see how bad you all are. I am very happy the government went up a higher level and if that didn’t work the authorities must put harsher penalties in place, we talking about life and death Covid-19 is no joke.

    • Batibou River
      April 2, 2020

      I told you already, you are a nut case. If you like totalitarian state so much go and move to North Korea, China or Iran. They would give you something to think about. But than you would be crying like a little child and soil your pants!

    • viewsexpressed
      April 3, 2020

      Man Bites Dogs has penned this BS: “Those of you Red rubber mouth that was not obeying or would not obey the curfew now you have the State of Emergency let us see how bad you all are.”
      This message should really read: Those of you dangerous Red Corrupted rubber BS mouth that are blind to your failed immature Skerrit and corrupted Red Labour Government are disgusting and not obeying or would obey that the states funds must not be abused and a 24Hour curfew should now be in place to protect our states resources that this “Odd Minister will stop abusing our finances thru the Red Bobol Clinic, Red Passport Bobol Clinic and The Red Bin Bobol Fiasco. Yes we welcome this State of Emergency that captures who has abused our states money and resources. Let`s see how bad you`ll fake blind Labour clowns are? You`ll sat there and see our Dominica reduced to poverty and begging and all you shout “We Love our failed Skerrit”. It was our Hon Linton who exposed Skerrit & the Bin Bobol etc. Damn…

    • Man bites dogs
      April 3, 2020

      @River above, I’m honored – Spanish translation – linguee to be called a nutter may I say to you welcome to the club who was it invited you to join Frankenstein sorry Linton? him mad madman him is de only person when asked to say a prayer in church he started crying and asking for the( one and a half billion dollars 💵) singing 🎶 money on my mind :You are right I is a nutter!!

  8. My mouth
    April 2, 2020

    I dont understand skerrit and i dont understand dominicans..people shop till thwy drop when they hear 2 cases and skerrit announced so dcans were already preparing for 2wks closure…skerrit palaying with people lives…other countries telling you stay home saves lives but u there like sapoofey…shut de.dam country for 2wks..untill u get results of the others…once people see.stores open they always feel they want something..toneh…whait for results u have people risking their lives while u in your own glory…i vex we…meself in my hole do what allu want i so vex in my skin eh…dcan.still crowding supermarket allu do shop enough greedy allu greedy man…food doh finishing is just two wks we ..

    • D/can to d bone
      April 2, 2020

      Ikr u said it right all now i checking if we inder lockdown for two just one.more week would be remain from since we had the first 2cases and what has been happening people going around and spreading without they know..it happens so easily that is y the other countrie said stay home…and we were all preparing for two closure but then skerrit never close..he have state.of emergency. This is not state of emergency. Skerrot seems.collecting bodies secretly. Remember de cross that was made with the vast dcans by de bridge facing de sea try to remember..de man in his house well nice and dandy and see dem dummynican running in store because pm say its ok…i warning again stop the moving and stay i doors untill this thing is over allu spreading it more..I have 5 more days to go..i have been indoors..not sure if it collect me but at least in inside not spreading it outside God forbid…stay indoors people doh listen to skerrit..the money finish thats y he doing that…but he squandered.

  9. April 2, 2020

    Wat about people that’s in your country that needs to get back home

    • My mouth
      April 2, 2020

      Sorry they will have to stay here tills the storm passes by. U dont u derstanding english..stay home

  10. Batibou River
    April 2, 2020

    Here is how things go in DA: the PM and his useless ministers mess things up completely due to utter incompetence and then they come out with the sledge hammer to get things on track again at the expense of the citizens of DA apart from those ‘essential worker’. If one has a close look at that group of ‘essential workers’ one will notice that well over 50% of the citizens of DA fall in this group and as a result one has to question the wisdom of such a curfew all together. All Skerrit does is copying what other much larger countries are already doing and hope for the best. A total lack of imagination and ideas custom made for a small country. But I guess the border to the French territories will remain open because that is part of our cultural heritage?! Don’t you all agree you all deserve better? By the way, the red clinic is closed as well!!

    • Dominican
      April 2, 2020

      Stop playing politics and pray for Dominica. This pandemic requires all of our support. I live in Massachusetts and have not gone home to my family in two weeks. This is serious business. Stop your selfish political BS and get with the program.

      • Batibou River
        April 2, 2020

        As long as you are happy with that …… PM. Look at the bigger picture instead like a proper Dominican only as far as the nose reaches. You have got Trump – useless, we have Skerrit – useless. Both of them when it all kicked of had nothing to add but rethoric, propaganda and self indulgence. YOU no doubt voted for both of them! I bet you even had a expenses paid for holiday in DA in December. So, shut up!

      • gods child
        April 2, 2020

        Tell him girlfriend. We are closed down in GA

      • smh
        April 2, 2020

        Exactly, you haven’t seen your family in 2 weeks and you understand why. So what exactly is your point about politics. Wouldnt the measures implemented where you live to protect serve the same purpose in Dominica?

  11. Annon
    April 2, 2020

    The NWO cometh.

  12. Royal
    April 1, 2020

    That’s one step of dealing with the virus. But what other plans do we have for this country. What about our students? Have we found an effective way of educating them. Are there loans to help self employed persons like farmers, fishermen, salons, vendors….this is truly heart wrenching but the pm needs to speak to us more. We have families. We have kids. No politics in this. Let’s be realistic. We heard of the disease weeks before it came to us. We should have dropped everything and started planning. What’s the plan pm? Let us know. Apart from curfew and what you were advised and lalala…..

    • Dominican
      April 2, 2020

      This is a legitimate concern, and I hope the PM will address this soon. The plan is to adhere to the curfew, practice social distancing, wash your hands regularly, and wear a face mask (make one if you have to). This is how this is controlled. I was in favor of closing the border. The PM has thought this through and allowed Dominica nationals from neighboring islands to enter legally. That way, we are better able to help them medically if we need to. We are all Dominicans in this medical crisis.

    • April 2, 2020

      “What about our students? Have we found an effective way of educating them.”

      I realise this doesn’t help everyone, but at least for those who have a computer and Internet at home the online courses from FLOW actually look pretty good.

  13. Corona
    April 1, 2020

    Calibishie police officers make sure you all patrol the road to make sure person respect the curfew.

  14. Lapwet
    April 1, 2020

    lol big joke all now it have people up and about in Pointe Michel I just past down going to work and on the Basketball court it have people LOL

  15. Bwa-Bandy
    April 1, 2020

    Skerro is Boss and no man move whether its a sudden move or not. Not even his current landlord Charlo can question that move. Dca Niceeeeeeeeeee

  16. Not Me Alone
    April 1, 2020

    A state of emergency is necessary to help fight the dreaded Covid-19. No doubt about that and everyone should comply. However bases on the way Skerrit and his boys are doing it it is very clear to me that they are not using curfew or state of emergency to help fight COVID-19 but rather, they using it to play politics and fight their opponents. First of all, since during the 7am news Skerrit announced on DBS radio that there would be an announcement made but somehow refused to give the time so listeners of Q95, would prepare. So secretary of the Union Mr Letang had his program and about 7:30 they made their announcement of that took effect at 6pm. So Mr. Letang is cought at Q95 and I guess the DFP were on their way to host their 8pm program had to find their way out. Where is the leadership? I reside in Florida and the govervanor also signed and announced a stay in house order. But guess what? It takes effect @12pm on Thursday. So that gives us enough time to prepare. It’s madness

    • Jerry Samuel
      April 2, 2020

      Shut up about skerries and Dominic I am here in the US and Florida has the worse record right now of controlling its people Desantes waited a week later than others to issue the order all while people were on beach and doing what they want . Just stop it you ……. and let Dominica do things it’s way.

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        April 3, 2020

        People like you do not have anything in your head, you should be ashamed to write such nonsense; which you pull our of your retarded mind!

        Governments do not control people in America; laws a written and followed, if one does not follow the law they suffer the consequences when caught.

        People in America are not caught up into petty politics as in Dominica, we do not depend on handouts  from any politicians, people don’t take bribes from politicians to vote for them: politicians don’t attempt to bribe people, because the know if they attempt that their destiny is jail.

        Only in Dominica politicians thief (steals) government money, and other resources and the police let them walk the streets free!

        Only in Dominica a little boy with absolutely nothing to his name go into government, and within five years becomes a multimillionaire.

        You don’t know what the hell you talking about, if you wish to tell people you in America, do so!

        Add; Democracy is alive and well in…

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