Grenada: Health Minister fined $500 for not wearing a face mask

Grenada: Health Minister fined $500 for not wearing a face mask
Grenada: Health Minister fined $500 for not wearing a face mask

After being fined for not wearing a face mask, Grenada’s Health Minister Nickolas Steele asserted that he is ready to face the consequences. Recently Minister Steele was photographed while he was accompanying American actor Steven Seagal. In that captured photo, he was not wearing mask.

While talking to the reporters, Minister Steele said that according to him, through the captured photograph photographer wants to send a different message to the population. As the government and health officials have been urging the citizens to wear face masks and follow the other COVID-19 protocols.

Minister Steele adding to his statement, said that he had a conversation with the commissioner of police, and as far as he is concerned about his case, there had been a shred of public evidence where he was not wearing any face mask. He is waiting for his ticket, and he is ready to pay the fine.

Minister Steele said, “The law and the regulations we put out there are for everybody and those who were in the vehicle are going to do the same. The law is for everybody. I will pay my charge. I will receive my ticket for not wearing a mask in public. And we will move forward, and I expect any and everybody else to follow by example as well. It has been 15 months that we all have been dealing with this (COVID-19), and yes, I dropped my guard, I wasn’t wearing my mask, therefore, I will pay the consequences.”

According to the regulations, the person who is convicted in a similar case is liable to pay the fine not exceeding EC$500 and may be imprisoned for not more than 12 months.

Minister Steele said that Steven Seagal was here to discuss the plans and work regarding the construction of a studio in Grenada.

According to the reports Health Minister was not the only minister captured while not wearing a mask but in a Facebook post published on August 20, the Ministry of Culture and Arts had a photograph of Minister Yolande Bain-Horsford and Permanent Secretary Michael Stephen, with the Hollywood actor.