Statia enforces stricter measures to prevent spread of Covid 19
Group gathering prohibited (public loitering):
In the interest of Public Health and Public Safety the Law Temporary Measures Covid-19 St. Eustatius, ex article 3.1 (it is prohibited to gather in groups with more than four (4) persons in (public) places to be designated by the Government Commissioner), gives the Government Commissioner the authority to identify public places where group gatherings of more than four (4) persons. Referred to the General Local Ordinance (Algemene Plaastelijke Verordening APV), Article 2.4.1, prohibits gathering in groups as well and provides the enforcement framework. Therefore, loitering will be strictly enforced on St. Eustatius. The Police Force supported by the BAVpollers will immediately start patrols. Persons in violation of the law will be fined, which could increase if the persons are repeatedly arrested. The law also offers the option of transferring to pre-trial detention.
Stricter Quarantine & Isolation:
Persons in isolation and quarantine are prohibited from breaching measures/protocols that are in place to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Stricter measures are in effect for persons who do not adhere to the isolation and quarantine protocol. This will include- an inexorable fine of $ 500, -. In case of recidivism, criminal prosecution will be immediately initiated. Police will carry out extra patrols and the Public Prosecutor’s Office will be asked to, without hesitation prosecute (within 2 days) in case of violations of these measures and protocols.