There will be no national shutdown today, Acting Prime Minister Dale Marshall has announced.
Speaking on radio just after 6 a.m., Marshall said Government offices would be opened at 10 a.m.
However all schools, both Government and private institutions will remain closed.
Marshall also urged private sector businesses to follow suit and open their doors.
“The public sector workers to the extent that it is safe for them to do so will be expected to go to work and the private sector agencies and businesses to the extent that it safe for them to so do, they will open their business using their own discretion.”
He however stressed that workers should put their safety first even as they prepare to travel to their various offices.
“I reiterate that safety is paramount and so we expect that public servants who live in flooded areas will have difficulty . . . . Naturally we would not want then to run any risk of personal harm so they too will be expected to use their judgement, but the public service will be opened from 10 a.m. and therefore public servants will be expected to show up for work.”
Marshall said the decision not to shut down the country was based on the advice of the Barbados Meteorological Services and consultations with the island’s disaster stakeholders.
“Based on that advice we have taken a decision that we will not proceed to the point of a national shutdown,” he said.
The Acting Prime Minister said that Barbados has passed the worst and while it has continued to rain, the weather has begun to improve and will continue to do so as the morning progresses.
“We will continue to have some rain, certainly not of the intensity that we had last night, we will have occasional gusts, but not the intensity we had last night,” he said.
Persistent heavy rains and high winds generated by Tropical Storm Kirk pounded the island leaving several communities under water and knocking out power in some districts.