A promoter will be charged in the Magistrate’s Court for violating the COVID-19 protocols after receiving a $92,000 fine for hosting a large social event where attendees did not adhere to the emergency order.
The unknown promoter held a party on Sunday night at Bahama Barrels — a property owned by Graycliff and leased to entertainer Julien “Believe” Thompson and was attended by hundreds of partygoers who refused to comply with the mask mandate and the social distancing policies.
Why it matters
Since the implementation of the COVID-19 Emergency Order, the $92,000 citation is the biggest citation to be issued for violation of the order.
The order bans social gatherings and violators of the order are subject to a $2,000 fine and $300 fine for each person in attendance.
300 people were in attendance at the event over the weekend.
Mums the word
Commissioner of Police Paul Rolle did not release the name of the promoter since the matter will end up in court.
However, Thompson denied that he was responsible for the event even though the property was leased to him.
“It was not my event,” he told the Nassau Guardian.
Rolle warned the public to abide by the law.
“I want to say to people to desist,” he said.
“We are going to enforce the law and the penalties for these social gatherings are hefty. They have to take that into account when they decide that they want to invite people over to have social gatherings. When we find them, we are going to cite them. They are going to feel it.”
The big picture
The country has experienced an exponential increase in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, surpassing 10,000 cases.
Between Friday and Saturday, 189 cases were–74 cases on Friday and 115 cases on Saturday.
Photo credit: Julien “Believe” Thompson http://julienbelieveofficial.com/gallery/