Men arrested for not wearing masks

A man arrested for not wearing a face mask while driving was on Tuesday fined $200.

Police stopped Bernard Cooper’s car on West Bay Street at 11:33 p.m. on July 9 and asked why he wasn’t wearing a mask, a court heard.

According to prosecutor Sergeant Lincoln McKenzie, Cooper told the officers that he didn’t have one.

They arrested Cooper for ignoring the requirement to wear masks covering the nose and mouth while in public.

Cooper admitted the offense at his arraignment before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes.

The magistrate told Cooper that he was surprised that police did not charge him with breaking the 10 p.m. to 5a.m. daily curfew.

He advised Cooper to keep his mask visible when driving. Cooper paid the fine to avoid spending one month in prison.

Appearing in the same court for the same offense was Willie Timothy.

Police arrested Timothy, 50, of Symonette Street, for not wearing a mask while at Arawak Cay on July 12 at 7:10 p.m.

Timothy said that he had walked across the street from his mother’s fruit stand to get a cup of ice.

According to Timothy, he wasn’t the only person breaking the mask wearing rule.

Timothy claimed that the officer who arrested him didn’t have a mask either.

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