With immediate effect, gas stations on the island are now allowed to operate between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. every day.
Minister for National Security and Home Affairs Rayburn Blackmoore made the announcement today.
“Gas stations are permitted to remain open from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. today, September 4, 2021, Monday through Friday, and Saturday through Sunday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.,” Blackmoore said. .
He repeated an earlier announcement that had been made earlier that supermarkets and pharmacies are also allowed to remain open on Sundays from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The minister’s statement follows the decision of some gas stations in Dominica to cease operations from September 3, until further notice.
The action by fuel retailers stems from a breakdown in negotiations between the Dominica Fuel Retailers Association and the government over regulations affecting the profit margins of gas station operators which the association says would cause a “collapse of this critical industry” if it is not dealt with urgently.
The closure of some gas stations on Friday resulted in major traffic jams in and around the town of Roseau as motorists rushed to gas stations that were open to refuel, a situation that was repeated. today.
Meanwhile, police have made it clear that they will not tolerate mass gatherings on the island’s rivers and beaches.
Acting Deputy Police Chief David Valerie said that while there are no restrictions on who recreates at these locations, he indicated that section 8 of RS&O 26 criminalizes doing so. that more than ten people gather in an area.
“We heard about beach overcrowding last weekend and we really wouldn’t want to see a repeat of these actions,” he said, adding, “Let’s be responsible. If you visit beaches and rivers, avoid large gatherings. Police will be present in the beach and river areas and will take the necessary measures to prevent large gatherings. “
The deputy chief further called on the public to wear a mask in public, as this is required by law, as the police will continue to charge those who do not comply with this law.