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Rolle warns public to stay off beaches during holiday weekend

Commissioner of Police Paul Rolle yesterday warned Bahamians to stay off beaches during the upcoming Independence holiday weekend.

His comments came after Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis announced on Monday the closure of beaches on New Providence, Paradise Island and Grand Bahama during the weekend, only a week after they initially reopened.

“I expect people to stay home,” he said.

“If there’s an executive order that the beaches will be closed, the beaches will be closed. I ask persons to abide and, hopefully, we will soon get out of this pandemic and they’ll be able to get out on the beaches and enjoy themselves.

“[I] have to enforce it. And I want members of the public to know that is now the law and we don’t want any unnecessary confrontation with members of the public.”

The closure starts on Thursday, July 9 at 10 p.m. and ends on Monday, July 13 at 5 a.m.

Minnis said the closure is a means to prevent any spread of COVID-19.

Rolle said enforcement will include officers keeping a close eye on the

shorelines this holiday weekend.

He also cautioned against protests and demonstrations.

“We are going to be out in full force,” he said.

“And there’s a young man that I saw in front of Government House. I think his name is Paul Rolle. And so, I want to say to Paul Rolle, I’m the commissioner and I’m going to invite you to come to Central Police Station and see me. Otherwise, we’re going to come.

“But you are not going to go to Government House, or I’ll be there waiting for you. And you’re not going to go into Rawson Square and mess with Queen Victoria. I received a request and I denied it and you all still defied my orders and went in front of Government House.”

Rolle added, “We have rules in this country and I will enforce them.”

‘I expect people to stay home’

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