Manager of Cheetahs club fined for breaching emergency orders

The promotional manager at Cheetahs Lounge was on Monday fined $2,500 for breaching multiple COVID-19 protocols.

Police arrested Fritnell Petithomme, 43, of Pinewood Gardens, on July 3, after they found 150 people crammed on the premises at Victoria Avenue and Bay Street around 8:15 p.m.

In addition to not adhering to social distancing guidelines, neither the staff nor the guests were wearing protective face masks.

Petithomme admitted that the club remained open beyond the mandatory shutdown of 8 p.m.; that there were no social distancing markers; that patrons failed to follow social distancing guidelines; and that staff and patrons did not have on masks covering their mouths and noses at his arraignment before Senior Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis.

Petithomme’s lawyer, Dion Smith, said the failure of the government to extend the emergency powers on June 29 had created a “state of confusion”.

Smith said police were even confused as to whether the curfew was still in effect.

According to Smith, a local beer brand had leased the property for a promotional party.

He said that there was no music and that patrons were collecting free food.

Rolle-Davis told Petithomme that once he paid the fine, he would receive a discharge.

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