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Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in charge of St. Elizabeth, Narda Simms, says there is an 85 per cent level of compliance from the general public with respect to the Disaster Risk Management Act.

The Act is the Government’s primary legislative tool to manage and mitigate the threat of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and has been in force since March 2020.

Speaking with JIS News, DSP Simms said that St. Elizabeth has been largely cooperative of the enforcement measures under the Act, adding that special commendations should be made to members of the business community.

“In terms of businesses, I must applaud the commercial or business community.  They have been more than cooperative and accommodating to all that we have been asking in terms of the Disaster Risk Management Act,” DSP Simms said.

She noted that although the level of compliance has been high, there are some persons who continue to breach the Act by staging parties and other functions in some unorthodox areas, such as cane fields.

“They park their cars all about and walk into cane fields. So, we have been having a few occasions of that in recent times [and] that is in contradiction to the Act,” she added.

DSP Simms explained that the St. Elizabeth police have been readjusting its strategy to catch these persons who are in breach and bring them to justice. She said it is imperative that the parish continue to reduce the spread of COVID-19, and the police “continue to give our best”.

“While we adjust and do our best to try and mitigate it (COVID-19), we [the police] can only do the best. Hopefully, they stay in their homes as prescribed by the Government,” she said.

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