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Public order measures regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19)

According to the Police Kingdom Act the Minister of Justice is responsible and accountable for both the public order and assistance tasks as well as for the judicial tasks of the police.

Pursuant to Article 1 of the General Police Ordinance everyone must during extraordinary circumstances obey to the regulations, established by the Minister of Justice in the interest of public order, peace or security.

In this regard the Minister of Justice, Egbert J. Doran, in close consultation with the Police and the Public Prosecution Service, announces the following.

The World Health Organization declared that the coronavirus COVID-19 is a global pandemic. Based on this declaration fast and effective measures are needed to prevent the virus from spreading on a national level. That is why the Government of Sint Maarten has stepped up its risk management and has taken specific preventive measures.

For maintaining public order and safety as well as safeguarding the health of the people of Sint Maarten in these extraordinary circumstances it is decided to put a stop to all public events and public manifestations for the upcoming period. No event permits will be issued until further notice and permits which already have been issued for scheduled events are herewith revoked with immediate effect.

In addition to this, it is decided that all non-essential businesses have to remain closed. Among them restaurants and bars, including those of hotels. Restaurants and bars will be able to operate as take-out and delivery businesses though. For more information on what is understood by ‘non-essential businesses’ please see the annex to this publication.

All these precautionary and mitigating measures of the Government are an effort to help mitigate the spread of the virus. The (extra-ordinary) police officers will enforce these measures on the basis of ‘zero tolerance’. All instructions issued by the police for executing and enforcing these measures should be strictly and immediately respected. Noncompliance with these measures will be a violation of the General Police Ordinance and the Penal Code.

With regard to this zero tolerance policy the Public Prosecutor Office has issued a strict sanction policy, which is part of this publication.

The community is encouraged to stay informed, practice good hygiene, be aware, and be prepared. As a community we are in this together. We have to stay calm and help each other by staying home if you are sick, check in on your neighbors, and continue to slow the spread of COVID-19 by using best hygiene best practices.

The Minister of Justice
Egbert J. Doran