COP to consider charges against hikers group

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COP to consider charges against hikers group

Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith, says it may be necessary to consider whether charges should be brought against Fusion Adventure for the aiding, abetting, counselling, or procuring of a breach of the Public Health Regulations.
Commissioner Griffith indicated this in a media release this afternoon as he noted with concern a recent hiking event held by Fusion Adventure which resulted in the convergence of about sixty hikers in a public place on Thursday.

Commissioner Griffith said he is aware of the media release issued by Fusion Adventure defending their actions by alleging the event was not in breach of the directives set out by the Public Health Regulations, as participants did not complete the hike together.

However, the Commissioner said there is no evidence to suggest that individuals, whether by themselves or in groups, did not gather en masse during the hike.

Commissioner Griffith reminded the public that the nation is currently in the midst of the highest number of recorded infections and deaths since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Commissioner Griffith said it is therefore incumbent on members of the public, both event organizers and prospective participants, to exercise restraint and good sense in these times, rather than to search for technicalities within the law to justify irresponsible and reckless behavior.

The TTPS Head said the resultant effect of such gatherings can lead to a further exponential increase in COVID-19 infections amongst the populace and the imposition of further and more stringent restrictions by way of the Public Health Regulations.