Saturday 11 July, 2020

PM on masks: No point in making a law that can't be enforced

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Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley on Saturday said there will be no law mandating the use of face masks.

Health officials have noted that compliance with face masks have fallen within the last week.

Speaking at a media conference at the Diplomatic Centre in St Ann's, Dr Rowley said "there is no point in making a law that you cannot enforce".

"The action is just so simple that it is difficult to police it. So the next thing is to appeal for more personal responsibility and literally don't encourage people around you who ought to be covered to remain uncovered. There ought to be a frowning on that kind of behaviour."

"I wouldn't tell you that we would make it illegal to have a mask. We discussed this at length with all the people involved and we came to a conclusion that it is not enforceable."

Dr Rowley said he has noted some people running around the savannah without any masks.

The Prime Minister added that some people simply " just don't give a damn" but he urged citizens to take personal responsibility for their well-being.

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