Citizens urged not to engage in ‘smartmanism’ where new regulations are concerned

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Citizens urged not to engage in ‘smartmanism’ where new regulations are concerned

Minister in the Office of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs, Renuka Sagramsingh-Sooklal, is urging citizens not to engage in ‘smartmanism’ as the try to find loopholes in the latest regulations implemented by government.

She said it is impossible for each prohibited act to be spelt out in the new law and citizens must understand why these laws are being enforced.

Speaking to GML, Sagramsingh-Sooklal said “I would want the general public to pay attention to the rationales behind these regulations which is, in essence, to stay at home and save lives and for us to try to stop finding an opportunity to circumvent the intention of the legislation.”

“It is simply unreasonable to expect that as legislators, in regulations such as this, for us to contemplate and capture each and every scenario, but what we trust is that good sense would always prevail,” she added.

Sagramsingh–Sooklal pointed out that the regulations were tighter last year when the country first went into lockdown.
This time around, she said more services are allowed under the new law, as the focus is on the retail sector with the intention of restricting congregations and unnecessary movement of people.

The latest legal notice, published yesterday, listed the retail businesses that would be allowed to operate until May 23.

Persons found in contravention of the regulations set out for retail stores face a hefty fine of $250,000 or six months imprisonment.