Grenada is about to extend its state of emergency to contain and control the spread of COVID-19 from July 14 until November. Grenada has recorded 161 COVID-19 positive cases since the first person was diagnosed in March 2020. The figure is relatively low but has still alarmed authorities because if unchecked it can spread rapidly.
The House of Representatives, where the ruling New National Party occupies all the seats, will meet on Friday when the extension is expected to be approved.
Under the present state of emergency there is a midnight to 4am curfew, the mandatory wearing of face masks or face coverings in public, closure of all businesses by 10pm, a maximum of 20 people allowed at weddings and funerals and no social gatherings without permission.
Violators of the Emergency Powers regulations can be fined a maximum of EC$1,000 (US$370) or 12 months’ imprisonment; violators of the quarantine regulations can be fined a maximum of EC$25,000 (US$9,253) or six months in prison while the maximum penalty under the Public Health Act is a fine not exceeding EC$500 (US$185) and imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months.