LNP Shuts Down Businesses for Violating COVID-19 Restrictions

Inspector General of the Liberia National Police (LNP), Col. Patrick Sudue.

The Liberia National Police has shut down several businesses caught in violation of the COVID-19 restrictions announced by the Ministry of Health.

The businesses shut down include Oporto Bar and Restaurant, Pro-Poor 9, Executive Bar and Restaurant, Sutag Margarita, James Provision Shop, Facebook Entertainment, True Color Bar and Restaurant, Happy Land Business Center, and Executive Facebook.

“These businesses were shut down on Monday, June 28, during a vigorous enforcement patrol by officers of the Joint Security when they were discovered carrying out normal business activities in violation of the already announced 9 PM grace period for closure of Entertainment businesses by the Ministry of Health,” the LNP said in a statement released Wednesday, June 30.

“In consonance with Title 33, Chapter 14 of the National Public Health Law of Liberia, owners of these violating businesses have been fined Two Hundred United States Dollars (US$200) to be paid in government revenue coffers before their businesses can be reopened,” said Moses Carter, Head of Communications, Joint Security Media Relations Team.

According to the statement, Inspector General Patrick Sudue has warned businesses and individuals to strictly adhere to the health protocols as announced by the Ministry of Health. He warned that anyone caught in violation of the health protocols will be made to face the full weight of the law.

IG Sudue further urged citizens and residents to continue wearing masks in public places and observe social distancing aimed at preventing the spread of the deadly Coronavirus.

Meanwhile, all funerals will be held only at funeral homes with the government's 20-person maximum attendance being observed. Any funeral home caught in violation of said restriction will be fined and shut down.

“Hence, the public is hereby urged not to panic seeing armed officers of the Joint Security in the streets and communities ensuring enforcement of the COVID-19 restrictions. All are asked to cooperate and obey these health restrictions, as the government strives towards defeating this deadly Coronavirus,” Carter added.