Governor Augustus Jaspert said at least eight individuals were arrested at the weekend for breaking the 24-hour curfew that is currently in place for six days.
The Governor did not specify whether these individuals will be charged for the breach.
“These arrests are disappointing, but the curfew applies to all equally,” Governor Jaspert said via a statement late Sunday.
News of those arrests follow reports that Bishop John Cline of the New Life Baptist Church in Duff’s Bottom on Tortola was also arrested for breach of the curfew. Following his release that same day, Cline described his arrest as a misunderstanding.
The clergyman said Health Minister Carvin Malone had given him consent to attend church to broadcast a live sermon.
The curfew runs from 8 pm on Friday, March 27 and is scheduled to end on April 2 at 6 am. All residents, except for essential workers, are mandated to stay indoors.
Last week the territory recorded its two first confirmed cases of the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).
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