71 Arrested

Sierra Leone Police (SLP) past Friday in a series of coordinated raids on popular entertainment spots in the west end of the city along the Lumley Beach Road and in the neighboring Goderich arrested 71 people.

The police spokesman said the 31 male and 40 females violated the 11pm COVID-19 curfew order. “They will all be tested for COVID-19 before been charged to court,” he said.

NACOVERC which coordinates the fight against COVID-19 in the country as part of measures to ease the constraints imposed on the nation by the outbreak, few months back, relaxed the 9pm to 6am curfew to 11pm to 5am but with prohibition placed on people gathering in crowds in public places and for public events.

Police said the 71 people arrested were caught at popular entertainment spots including Lagoonda in Aberdeen.

Meanwhile, the general public is reminded that a fine of Le100, 000 for been caught in a public place without a facemask on is in place as part of the COVID-19 prevention measures adopted by NACOCERC and approved by Parliament.

Shops and pharmacies that allow crowding and found without facemasks attract a fine of Le500, 000. Supermarkets risk a fine of Le1, 500,000.