According to the Commissioner of Police, if a party is taking place on private property, even if the individuals are not all from the same family, it would be risky to charge them.

However, if I and my wife are in my car on the way to the supermarket after having spent the entire day together in the privacy of our home, we would be in breach of the law.

How can it be that people who are not family, partying on private property, without following the appropriate protocols, could be exempt, while my family members, also on private property, to wit, my private car, would be subject to charge if we are not wearing masks?

What then prevents a bar owner/operator from closing his business and inviting a few friends over to watch the CPL finals over a drink or two, because he lives in an apartment at the back? Why is that against the law?

Is my car not my private property, just as these persons partying at poolside?

In fact, my car is more private than a shared pool.

The inconsistency of the Commissioner’s position leaves a lot of doubt about the approach of the police to the observation of the health regulations. Unfortunately, his tendency to introduce distractions to divert attention from the uneven application of the law will only serve to undermine his efforts.