Minister lays down the law on closures

  • Kim Wilson  (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

    Kim Wilson (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)


The health minister today slapped closure orders on a string of places and events to cut the spread of Covid-19.

Kim Wilson used public health laws to shut down schools, gyms, beauty salons, spas, barbers’ shops and church services, with the exception of funerals.

Organised sports activities and concerts with more than 50 people have also been outlawed until further notice.

The ban will also cover swimming pools in hotels and other guest accommodation like Airbnb properties.

A Government spokeswoman said: “The closure notice is in an effort to reduce possible community spread of the Covid-19 — coronavirus — pandemic.

Failure to follow the ban will mean a $1,000 fine for the first offence, with three months in jail for conviction or a $5,000 fine or both for further offences.

A $500 a day penalty will also be imposed for continuing offences.

The spokeswoman added that quarantine measures were now enforceable under public health regulations.

She said: “The measure of self-quarantine is an important and significant step to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.”

Penalties for breach of quarantine include a fine of up to $6,000 for a first offence, and $10,000 for a second, or three months’ imprisonment.

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Published Mar 21, 2020 at 7:14 pm (Updated Mar 21, 2020 at 7:14 pm)

Minister lays down the law on closures

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