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.