Man fined $15K for breaching COVID curfew

Twenty-seven-year-old Akash Ramkissoon of Queenstown, Georgetown, appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts for allegedly breaching the stipulated COVID-19 guidelines.
Ramkissoon appeared before Magistrate Ann McLennan where he was charged under section 2(1)(b) of the COVID-19 Emergency Measures (No 11) No 198/2020 contrary to section 21 (2) of the Public Health Ordinance Chapter 145.
It is alleged that on February 23, at Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC), Albert Street and Woolford Avenue, Georgetown, he hosted a private party.
The defendant pleaded guilty and told the court that he works at the bar but on the day in question, there was no private party.
Ramkissoon further told Magistrate McLennan that the bar was already closed when the Police had visited the said location and arrested the patrons who were still on the outside.
However, the Police prosecutor told the court that on the day in question, officers made the arrest at 01:15h. He explained that ranks arrived at the location and saw the party in progress. They reportedly contacted Ramkissoon and the patrons were asked to disperse. Ramkissoon, on the other hand, was cautioned and escorted to the Alberttown Police Station where he was charged and fined.