Public Utilities Minister Marvin Gonzales.

MP for Lopinot/Bon Air West, Marvin Gonzales, says he is deeply disappointed by the behaviour of some citizens who travelled to the “peaceful community” of Lopinot recently to participate in an adventure race or hike.

He described them as “selfish” saying they could not be true hikers, since hikers cared about others.

In a statement issued to the media, Gonzales said, “Our country is in the throes of a third wave of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic and we are witnessing the rising numbers of infections and deaths.”

He added, “Citizens are being urged to do their part by adhering to the public health protocols and limit their movements to curb the spread of the deadly virus. It is never possible to cater or address every possible situation in the drafting of regulations in these circumstances, but what is needed, is the understanding and reasonable conscience of every citizen to play our part in this fight to curb the spread of the virus and be our brothers’ and sisters’ keeper.”

The MP described the behaviour of some citizens who travelled to the community of Lopinot as “selfish, regrettable and unhelpful.”

He added as an avid hiker himself, true hikers are normally caring to their environment and others around them.

He said what happened in his constituency of Lopinot, betrays the spirit of all hikers, as well as responsible citizenship during these trying times.