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Sunday, Apr 18, 2021

Sebastian’s to be prosecuted for flouting COVID protocols

Sebastian’s to be prosecuted for flouting COVID protocols

Local hotel and restaurant, Sebastian’s on the Beach is being charged for reportedly flouting the territory’s COVID-19 restrictions.
Police were forced to shut down an event at the establishment last weekend after discovering the gathering had well above the 175-person legal limit.

Sebastian’s is now being charged with “violations of the social distancing protocols”.

The Royal Virgin Islands Police (RVIPF) gave that indication while responding to questions from BVI News on Wednesday.

“The establishment has been informed that they will be prosecuted for the offence,” the RVIPF’s Information Unit told our news centre.

Police said in a statement over the weekend that owners and operators of Sebastian’s weren’t even sanctioned to host such an event in the first place.

According to the territory’s Public Health Order 2020 (COVID-19 Control & Suppression Measures), all gatherings shall be limited to one person per 64 square feet and shall not exceed 75 persons at any given time. And if organisers of an outdoor event anticipate that their gathering will exceed 75 persons, the order says he or she must make a written request to the Minister of Health seeking permission to hold the event.
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