Mauritius

Curfew Order under Regulation 14(1) of the Prevention and Mitigation of Infectious Disease (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020

General Notice 561 of 2020

  • Published in Government Gazette no. 41 on 14 April 2020

  • Assented to on 12 April 2020
  • Commenced on 14 April 2020

  • [Up to date as at 14 April 2020]

1.WHEREAS regulation 14(1) of the Prevention and Mitigation of the Infectious Disease (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 provides that the Minister may, where he is satisfied that it is necessary or expedient for the purposes of preventing the spread of coronavirus, by a curfew order, direct that, within Mauritius or within such area and during such hours as may be specified in the curfew order, no person or class of persons shall remain outdoors.WHEREAS, regulation 14(2) of the said regulations provides that the Commissioner of Police may issue a permit to a person to be outdoors for the sole purpose of leaving his place of residence to his place of work, and leaving his place of work to his place of residence.2.WHEREAS, I was satisfied that it was necessary and expedient for the purposes of preventing the spread of coronavirus in Mauritius, I extended, by virtue of General Notice No. 548 of 2020, the curfew period from 2 April 2020 at 8 p.m. to 15 April 2020 at 8 p.m. and I thereby directed that no person should remain outdoors in Mauritius until 15 April 2020 at 8 p.m..3.NOW, THEREFORE, in view of the fact that I am still satisfied that it is necessary and expedient to further extend the curfew period for the purpose of preventing the spread of coronavirus in the Island of Mauritius, I further extend the curfew period for the Island of Mauritius from 15 April 2020 at 8 p.m. to 4 May 2020 at 8 p.m., and I hereby direct, subject to this notice, that no person shall, other than in the Island of Rodrigues and the Island of Agaléga, remain outdoors in the Island of Mauritius until 4 May 2020 at 8 p.m..4.However, the following classes of persons may be outdoors for the sole purpose of leaving their place of residence to their place of work, and leaving their place of work to their place of residence -(a)such judicial officers in respect of such minimum judicial services as the Chief Justice deems essential, and such employees of the public sector, including Ministries and Government departments, public enterprises and statutory bodies, providing essential services to the public as may be designated by the Head of the public bodies concerned; and(b)employees of the private sector providing strictly essential minimum services.5.The Commissioner of Police may, subject to such terms and conditions as he may impose, issue permits to the persons referred to in paragraph 4 above where he is satisfied that the presence of such persons at their place of work is essential for the provision of minimum services.6.Nothing in a permit issued by the Commissioner of Police shall exempt any employer from his statutory obligations pertaining to the safety and health of his employees under any enactment which may be applicable.7.This curfew order is being issued in the interest of public health and to protect the population. Members of the public are urged to be self-disciplined and to cooperate with the authorities and not to remain outdoors unless their presence outside their homes is strictly necessary to avail themselves of urgent medical treatment, essential supplies, foodstuff, medicine or any other item essential for their subsistence or livelihood.8.Any person who -(a)is found outdoors in breach of this curfew order;(b)is found outdoors for a purpose other than availing himself of urgent medical treatment, essential supplies, foodstuff, medicine or any other item essential for his subsistence or livelihood; or(c)breaches any condition of a permit issued by the Commissioner of Police,shall commit an offence and shall, on conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding 500 rupees and to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months.9.The curfew order, issued by virtue of General Notice No. 548 of 2020, shall, for the Island of Rodrigues and the Island of Agaléga, lapse on 15 April 2020 at 8 p.m..10.This curfew order shall lapse on 4 May 2020 at 8 p.m..Dr. K.K.S. JagutpalMinister of Health and Wellness

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