Recognising the COVID-19 risk posed by illegal boat landings, the UK Government has agreed to provide EC$2.5 million to assist Anguilla in protecting our borders. The funds will meet the cost of sea and air patrols and of 28 Special Constables to improve surveillance at known landing sites. Anguilla closed its borders to all passenger movements – both in and out bound – on 20 March 2020.
Commissioner of Police, Paul Morrison, commented that:
“The Government of Anguilla is committed to protecting its residents from the risk of importing COVID-19 cases into the country through illegal entry. This funding will greatly help the RAPF, the Immigration, and Customs Departments in our joint efforts to secure the border.”
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