364 vehicles and 412 persons controlled on March 31 at the borders

364 vehicles and 412 persons controlled on March 31 at the borders

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SAINT-MARTIN (MARIGOT) - To fight the spread of the virus and save lives, one word of order: stay at home, the Prefecture of Saint-Martin said on Thursday.

The French and Dutch law enforcement forces are mobilized to ensure respect for the lockdown and measures of travel restrictions. The checks take place at the border points and throughout the French part of the island of Saint-Martin, the Prefecture of Saint-Martin said on Thursday in a statement.

364 vehicles border checks were carried out on March 31.

Everyday control points are established at the borders. For March 31, the Gendarmerie, Border Police and the Sint Maarten Police Force (KPSM) controlled 364 vehicles and 412 people. Only cross-border workers and persons justifying urgent health travel are allowed to travel between the French and the Dutch part of the island.

The controls will increase, and the penalties are considerable if there are repeat offenders who do not abide by the travel COVID-19 restrictions.

The Prefecture states that the first step has been taken to explain the instructions to users, but now law enforcement will step up controls.

The personal certificate must be completed and along with an ID must be presented at each check point.

It must be filled with indelible ink pen directly by the person wishing to go out. It can be downloaded on the prefecture's website and Facebook page. People who do not have a printer can copy this certificate by hand. This document is to be filled with each new outing on the public road based on necessity.

The proof of professional travel must be stamped and signed by the employer, whether French or Dutch. It is only valid for essential professional trips and must be filled in once. It now has a limited period of validity. If this document is not completed properly and / or if it does not bear the company's stamp, it is not valid.

In order to travel on the Dutch side of the island, people must obtain the personal certificate set up by the Sint Maarten Government available at: http://onlineservices.sintmaartengov.org/covid19

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