Doc pays $500 fine for not wearing mask

A medical doctor had to fork out a forthwith fine of $500 yesterday after he pleaded guilty to not wearing a face mask in breach of the COVID-19 directives.

Dr Roderic Hinds, of Platinum Medical Clinic, Grazettes Main Road, St Michael, appeared before Magistrate Elwood Watts in the St Matthias Magistrates’ Court, where he at first pleaded not guilty to the charge that on August 31, 2021, he contravened the Emergency Management COVID-19 Curfew Directive by failing to wear a face mask, face shield or face covering which covers his mouth, nose and chin in a public place without reasonable explanation.

Just before the matter was about to be heard, Hinds changed his plea to “guilty”.

Prosecutor Sergeant St Clair Phillips told the court that officers from the COVID Monitoring Unit went to the doctor’s office to carry out an inspection and he came to the door without a mask on. He was ordered to put it on but he did not comply. (MB)

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