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No charges, fines issued over large New Year's Eve parties– Top CoP

No charges, fines issued over large New Year's Eve parties– Top CoP

Commissioner of Police, Mr Mark Collins says the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) is currently probing breaches of noise permits, regarding social events and parties hosted over the New Year’s Weekend 2022.

This comes after reports of large New Year’s Eve parties, where attendees may have flouted public health guidelines regarding social distancing and mask-wearing.

Speaking to Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) today, January 4, 2022, the Top Cop said complaints were made regarding venue(s), however, no names of the establishments were provided.

“I can say that we are looking into a breach of a noise permit. Following complaints that were made,” Mr Collins told VINO.

When asked about whether the force received any recommendations from the Public Health Department regarding charges or fines for those who hosted large parties, Mr Collins said while the force works closely with the department, no fines or charges have been recommended to the best of his knowledge.

Speaking to Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) today, January 4, 2021, the Top Cop Mark Collins said complaints were made regarding venue(s), however, no names of the establishments were provided.


Cases continue to rise


Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Carvin Malone (AL), did not respond to inquiries on whether the Public Health Department, through the RVIPF, will be charging venues such as clubs, bars, etc for flouting COVID-19 public health measures over the New Year's weekend.

As of January 3, 2022, the VI recorded 601 active COVID-19 cases, with 268 of those cases recorded over New Year's weekend.

The territory also recorded its first COVID-19 related death for 2022 to mark 40 total COVID-19 related deaths since the start of the pandemic.

Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronald E. Georges, ahead of the weekend, had raised concerns over the flouting of rules as a contributing factor to a spike in COVID-19 cases.

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