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RVIPF made 8 curfew arrests over the weekend - Governor Jaspert

- said police will continue to patrol community to keep greater population safe
March 30th, 2020 | Tags: arrests curfew breach Augustus J. U. Jaspert RVIPF
Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert has announced that the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) apprehended eight persons for breaching the round-the clock mandatory curfew over the weekend. Photo: VINO/File
The round-the clock curfew commenced in the Virgin Islands on Friday, March 27, 2020 at 8:00pm and will end on Thursday, April 2, at 6:00am. Photo: VINO/File
The round-the clock curfew commenced in the Virgin Islands on Friday, March 27, 2020 at 8:00pm and will end on Thursday, April 2, at 6:00am. Photo: VINO/File
Preacher of the New Life Baptist Church in Duffs Bottom, Mr John I. Cline was briefly arrested for breaching the curfew when he went to his church to deliver a sermon without a physical pass on Sunday, March 29, 2020. Photo: Facebook
Preacher of the New Life Baptist Church in Duffs Bottom, Mr John I. Cline was briefly arrested for breaching the curfew when he went to his church to deliver a sermon without a physical pass on Sunday, March 29, 2020. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) apprehended eight persons for breaching the round-the clock mandatory curfew over the weekend, Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert has said.

The curfew is one of the Andrew A. Fahie-led administration’s ways of preventing community spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Virgin Islands. The Territory has two confirmed cases of the virus.

The 24-hour curfew commenced on Friday, March 27, 2020 at 8:00pm and will end on Thursday, April 2, at 6:00am.

“These arrests are disappointing, but the curfew applies to all equally,” the Governor said during his address to the Territory on Sunday, March 29, 2020.

He added: “Police will continue to patrol our community to keep our greater population safe.”

Measures to protect all

Governor Jaspert sought to remind persons that the curfew is to protect the population from the virus which is now confirmed in two men who travelled from Europe and the US.

“Cabinet agreed these difficult measures to protect the overall population of the Territory, and I am pleased that the vast majority have complied. This virus does not discriminate, and this is our best chance to reduce the risk that the Coronavirus spreads widely within our Territory,” he pleaded.

He continued: “I know that not being able to go out and about, to join with others whether in prayer, or even just for a visit to the beach or the shops, has been difficult for all of us. But I believe it’s a sacrifice we all must make.” 

Governor Jaspert said the restriction would be felt most during the week.

“As we approach Monday, and our regular working week, the impacts may seem even more unusual and restrictive, but as a reminder, unless you are classified as an essential worker as set out by our government you are still required to stay at home continuously. The law applies to everyone equally and will be enforced,” he pointed out.

Hours before making that speech, Bishop of the New Life Baptist Church John I. Cline was briefly arrested for breaching the curfew when he went to his church to deliver a sermon without a physical pass.

He said he received permission from Deputy Premier and Minister for Health and Social Development, Honourable Carvin Malone (AL).

Mr Cline was subsequently cautioned and released.

30 Responses to “RVIPF made 8 curfew arrests over the weekend - Governor Jaspert”

  • racist (30/03/2020, 07:22) Like (5) Dislike (64) Reply
    So all this governor is interested in is locking up our people
    • Exactly (30/03/2020, 07:40) Like (29) Dislike (3) Reply
      Yes! To protect us from ourselves because to many people have short term vision
    • tretretrete (30/03/2020, 07:42) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
      Really, that's your conclusion? I did not get that impression from reading the article so I may well be the ignorant one here.
    • Ratty (30/03/2020, 08:11) Like (1) Dislike (54) Reply
      Free my people
    • race card (30/03/2020, 09:38) Like (3) Dislike (7) Reply
      white folks could take their dogs for short walks
      • Dawg in the fight (30/03/2020, 13:02) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
        @race card
        You can take your fighting dogs for a short walk too.
    • facts (30/03/2020, 13:51) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      All them 50 + ppl yall redict this comment is true all he care bout is locking up ppl they saying it got a next confirm case n that ain't on the news yet We are sitting ducks
  • racist (30/03/2020, 07:47) Like (0) Dislike (8) Reply
    while other folk on VG out playing in the sea water
  • For Who (30/03/2020, 07:52) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    This is a serious situation. It is difficult for some to obey the lockdown law and others break it for entertainment and publicity. This is very bias and unfair. We are either serious or we are not!
    • Just saying (30/03/2020, 09:58) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      It is difficult for some of us to follow the lockdown laws because we were never taught to obey simple rules... teaching someone that the basic rules don’t apply to them is the basic building block for the struggles that are being faced for some with this lock down. If we do our household parenting jobs well and our community village parenting jobs well this would never even be an issue
  • racist (30/03/2020, 08:27) Like (3) Dislike (12) Reply
    What about those on private islands??? the police have turn a blind eye because they are w...e
  • Yep (30/03/2020, 08:54) Like (2) Dislike (25) Reply
    Name and shame them ! If they are expats send them home !
  • 8 arrest (30/03/2020, 09:12) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Ticket them $300.00 each a cool $2500 in the treasury... send them home once they done pay.. Dont waste tax payers money to hold them.. feed them and waste time to prosecute them...Simple anyone found breaking the Curfew ticket $300.00 send them homewhen they done pay..
  • H (30/03/2020, 09:34) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    @yep. You sound so foolish.
  • The raw truth that 90% of us don't know. (30/03/2020, 09:35) Like (2) Dislike (7) Reply
    The governor, health minister, commisioner of police....or even Honorable Andre Fahie someone of you all need to come out and clear the air of the bvi public. We all looking at the man of God negative like he did something wrong. Let the people know the truth. That it was due to a hiccup with the system implemented and a late move with the passes and back up work of the passes for the sudden 24 curfew. The failure of proper planning and communication about these essential passes that the bishop was arrested. The bishop complied to your laws and ask for permission to be in his place of business for God. He got the approval from the right person they plan, the minister. To be out there to preach the essential word of God. That was distributing spiritual food online for us to eat. To build and help us so we can stand strong to face the crisis out there. Not like he had any member gathered in there. Creflo dollar is doing it under their 24hr curfew. Can the empty chairs which is a thing spread the disease among each them. I thought it was from person to person to person. Tell them it was your failure as the minister to inform the popo to add to their list. Yes he did not have a pass in his had but the pass was granted. If someone is granted a driver licence and don't have it with them does that mean they cant drive their car. Think about it. Did he commit a crime? No he didn't. Did he not comply with your laws and regulation. Yes he did. Tell them why you immediately release him. Tell them why you immediately running and shut down the supermarket owners from going to people house and distributing food. No all we are concern about is the physical man eating and not the spiritual man eating. Ah set ah blind and crooked people. Fair is fair. Tell people the truth. Tell them the error was the government.
  • Just saying (30/03/2020, 09:53) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Governor Jaspert you tenure here has been nothing short of disaster after disaster... I must commend you for all the good you have done in this territory under the circumstances you were awarded with (from just a few days after you were planted in your post). You have been doing a wonderful job. Not saying that the ministers of government haven’t been doing it also which they have and I am equally thankful. But think about it... from the moment of the floods in 2017 when Festival had to be cancelled to the apocalyptic hurricanes in September of that same year to overall faith lost in government (previous coalition) and now this COVID 19 pandemic. It has been one trial after another. Think about that. We have had so many firsts in the BVI happen within the last few years and we have been resilient. Thanks to the people (notice I said people) who have been placed there to lead us. In this time when others try to undermine you I choose to uplift you and say awesome job to the ENTIRE GOVERNMENT TEAM!!! You are putting things into place your our safety... to the community... instead of giving such hard time and headaches to the people who have been given the difficult charge to protect you whether you want to be protected or not be considerate if not for yourself, then for others. The risks you are taking can break this country beyond repair... think... I feel fine ... but in light of what’s going on if I have been exposed I may be a carrier and infecting others even if it doesn’t affect me... I come into contact with friends at a party ... everybody’ who was there potentially has it (or even me just being a visitor there may have opened the door for me to potentially get it and take it home) I infect everyone I know through daily contact... you see sometimes we can’t place ourselves outside of ourselves to think about the bigger picture... and that’s where we are stunted in our growth and our humility and compassion towards others... all of the things happening in the world today are greater than just one person or thing. People we need to find our way back to the things we ourselves were taught and pray for our ways to be forgiven and set ourselves back into the righteous path. Take these happenings as warnings and do some introspection fix what needs to be fixed within ourselves first... then we can fix our territory and the expand from there. I have faith in what we are and what we can become!!! Rise to the Occassion
  • my (30/03/2020, 10:03) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Totola only made up of expats u at such a genation of vipers it's your own that for get to stock up on their habits
  • So (30/03/2020, 10:06) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    U sending you baby father what a thing
  • biker (30/03/2020, 10:09) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I would be grateful for the police to make the 'essential workers' driving around in their boombox cars to decrease the volume of the noise/music coming from their cars.
  • That'll (30/03/2020, 10:19) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    All the Governor know is lock up so all like u with your book sense may get some comance sense
  • ras (30/03/2020, 10:43) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Governor have a right to lock up fools.curfew is for everyone not for who from here and who not from here. So keep on doing the good job gov.
    • Yeah RAS (30/03/2020, 11:24) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
      One thing some of us will defend MASTER while publishing such poor comments online about our own race
  • Start the March (30/03/2020, 11:04) Like (3) Dislike (7) Reply
    This governor must go
  • no way (30/03/2020, 12:26) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    The only place they can go is right where they are. They are doing good. You cant see what they are doing. Keeping you and I safe just try stay home few more days and they will let us out. Hang in there we are not accustom of being home for so long. Let's look for the positive in every negative situation. Stay safe
  • Go (30/03/2020, 12:32) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where Tortola d Governor have right than u
  • lion (30/03/2020, 16:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bishop cline should have never been given special privilege cause he knows better. He need to be held accountable for his action. No one is above the law. Not even pastors. Why he the only one to be disrespectful of the law?


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