Dominica has announced a lifting of the mandatory curfew in some areas, but has kept the measure in place in the capital.
According to an official statement issued, the decision to lift the 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. curfew in some areas was taken after a national security assessment was conducted by the Chief of Police.
“While Roseau and some of its immediate environs were still not at the stage where it was deemed advisable to lift the curfew provisions, the town of Portsmouth and elsewhere in the countryside received positive review.
“As a result, the curfew shall be lifted in the town of Portsmouth and all other communities in Dominica, with effect from Monday, October 16, 2017,” the statement noted.
The authorities had imposed the curfew soon after Hurricane Maria swept through the island on September 18, killing at least 28 people and causing billions of dollars in damage.
In the aftermath of the Category 5 storm hitting the island, the authorities imposed a 4 p.m. to 8 a.m. curfew in a bid to deal with the looting of several businesses but relaxed the measure several days ago.