Pearl Quinn-Williams, the United Progressive Party’s candidate for St. John’s Rural North, does not support the closure of beaches during a public holiday.
The Cabinet, on Wednesday, “agreed that the beaches will remain closed on the upcoming holidays: Labour Day, May 3, 2021, and Whit Monday, May 24, 2021.”
The Executive defended its position by pointing to reported Sunday events where residents flock to the beaches, with coolers and blaring music, during this pandemic.
“The danger to the entire population from these gatherings suggests that the numbers on holidays would be greater, and would result in the spread of the virus, especially by those who are asymptomatic,” this week’s Cabinet Notes say.
However, Quinn-Williams says the beaches offer a therapeutic solution for those who are now dealing with the mental stresses associated with the pandemic.
Quinn-Williams suggests that law-enforcement officers be deployed to the beaches that most residents frequent in order to ensure the COVID-19 protocols are being followed.
Further, the Rural North candidate says she does not accept the Government’s excuse that the Police Force is undermanned.