GIS – 13 May, 2020: Government will, through the COVID-19 (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill, better
protect consumers by toughening the law against traders who cheat the public.
The Consumer Protection (Price and Supplies Control) Act will, therefore, be
amended to provide for tougher penalties, not with the objective to sanction
traders but to address cases of abuse against consumers.
The Minister of Commerce and
Consumer Protection, Mr Yogida Sawmynaden, made this statement, today, during his
intervention on the introduction of the COVID-19 (Miscellaneous Provisions)
Bill and the Quarantine Bill, in the National Assembly.
According to him, traders not
abiding by the law may face suspensions or revocation of their trade licenses.
Once enacted, he underlined, the Act will provide fixed penalty notice which
will be issued by an authorised officer who detects any offence including excessive
pricing by traders. Once the trader is served a fixed penalty, the fine should
be paid within 21 days. Unpaid fines would result into criminal proceedings, he
The COVID-19 (Miscellaneous
Provisions) Bill, underlined Mr Sawmynaden, will also bring amendments to the
Landlord and Tenants Act, the Central Electricity Board Act and the Central
Water Authority Act so as not to penalise persons or families who have not been
able to pay their bills during the lockdown period.
He further recalled that, right
from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Government has taken a series of bold
actions to help and protect the population. With the adoption of new
legislation, he underlined, amendments will be brought to numerous laws and the
country will be in a better position to pursue its fight to curb the novel
coronavirus and set the pace to combat any eventual communicable disease.
Following the adoption of the COVID-19
(Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill, underscored Minister Sawmynaden, normal
activities of the population will have to be carried out in strict conditions,
where wearing of facemasks, hand sanitising and social distancing will be an
integral part of one’s daily life in a bid to avoid resurgence of the infection
in Mauritius. Furthermore, sanitary and medical measures being implemented in the
country are perfectly in line with the recommendations of the World Health Organzation,
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