Based on information received by an informant, Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith busted a COVID-19 Quarantine Party early this morning.
Sixteen persons, eight of whom are Venezuelan nationals, were detained by a team of officers from the Special Operations Response Team at Alicia’s Guest House in Cascade.
Around 12.30 am, police entered the premises and held the women around the pool area. One of the detainees was a 17-year old Venezuelan national. Reports indicate that some of the women were scantily dressed.
The detainees were taken to the Besson Street, Four Roads and West End Police Stations for processing.
Griffith said, “Intelligence revealed that 50 businessmen were planning to attend a party at Alicia’s around 1 am. But a marked police vehicle drove pass earlier and may have rattled the promoters.”
As a result, he and his team had to move in earlier than planned. They arrived at Alicia’s in unmarked vehicles and were able to find the 16 persons around the pool, displaying no form of social distancing. The women spoke Spanish and were involved in lewd dancing. They also breached the regulations as it relates to more than five persons being assembled in the same area.
Two of the persons were found to be in possession of keys for the premises, and the owners of the property are expected to be brought in for questioning.
Commissioner Griffith said this type of action will not be tolerated, and he thanked the public for informing him of this morning’s event.
He added, “If you did not hear, then you would feel. No more warnings. I have informants throughout the country, and we would turn up when these people least expect it. We anticipated this, as there are similar fools in other countries doing same.
We know of copycats so we expected promoters here would try to do the same thing.”
According to Section 3 (1) of the Public Health (2019) Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)(No 7) Regulations 2020, where the number of persons gathered at any time exceed five, on summary conviction, persons are liable to a fine of $50,000 and to imprisonment for six months.