Government has enacted a period of public emergency to curb the spread of COVID-19, but what exactly does this mean?
What are some of the powers granted to the government officials under an SoE? Here are 10 things to know:
1. Arrests without warrants, TTDF granted police powers
Under regulation 8 of the SoE, police officers may:
– arrest anyone without a warrant who ‘he reasonably suspects has acted or is acting or is about to act in a manner prejudicial to public health, public safety or to public order’. The officer may also arrest someone he reasonably suspects ‘is about to commit an offence’ under the regulations.
– The officer may use such force ‘as may appear to him to be necessary’ for the arrest or to prevent the person’s escape.