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Gov’t shuts down local restaurant

The Coconut Beach Restaurant is located along the popular Grand Anse beach

Without giving any warning, the Keith Mitchell-led New National Party (NNP) government has shut down a popular restaurant on the Grand Anse beach for allegedly violating Covid-19 protocols.

A member of the management team of the restaurant told THE NEW TODAY that a letter was sent to the Coconut Beach Restaurant on Friday requesting that it close its door for business to the public for violating Social Distancing requirements in the fight against the deadly virus.

“I am not saying much about that yet. We have to meet with the lawyer today and then maybe we will say something about that,” he said.

“I am talking to my lawyer still on what course we should take on that this morning. Before that I don’t want to say much,” he added.

The letter which ordered Coconut Beach to cease operations was signed by Acting Chief Medical Officer (CMO) in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Shawn Charles, and came less than 24-hours after the restaurant attracted a large gathering to its main weekly event on Thursday night involving the sale of Chicken wings.

Coconut Beach is located next door to another restaurant, owned and operated by Health Minister Nickolas Steele.

When the minister was contacted via WhatsApp by THE NEW TODAY seeking confirmation about the drastic action taken against the restaurant, he read the message but did not respond to it.

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The following questions were also not answered by Minister Steele on the closure of Coconut Beach for allegedly violating Covid-19 protocols:-

  • Mr. Minister, it is well known that your wife did approach Mr. (Dennot) McIntyre, (Owner of the restaurant) to purchase his place for the Egyptian businessman and he didn’t sell, was this a factor used in closing down Coconut Beach?
  • It is also our understanding that no warning was given to the operators for allegedly violating Covid-19 protocols? If this is correct based on natural justice then why no warning was given to the restaurant before ordering it to shut its door to business?
  • The Bible says Love thy neighbour as thyself. Why would your Health Ministry close down a business that is providing jobs without a warning to the operators?
  • Many persons have told me that your own restaurant attracts large crowds at times without proper Social Distancing in effect and people not wearing masks. What’s your response to that Mr. Minister?