Acting Prime Minister Santia Bradshaw tonight outlined a number of even more strict emergency measures intended to slow and halt the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) which is rapidly increasing in Barbados. There are now 45 confirmed cases on the island. Some of the measures are with immediate effect, while the majority come into force from Friday April 3.
These measures are:
· Immediate mandatory 14-day quarantine in a Government facility for all persons entering Barbados from anywhere in the world.
From Friday April 3, 2020 until mid-night on April 14
· All Government ministries, statutory corporations to close
· Only essential services open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
· Every non-essential service will remain closed
· Every designated essential service allowed to operate must restrict the number of persons allowed in and those outside the establishment at all times to allow six feet between each person
· Businesses can only continue if employees can work exclusively from home.
· No person is allowed to leave home except to seek medical or dental attention, purchase medicine or food, to do banking, or to work in an essential service or in one of the exempt enterprises
· No groups who are not members of the same household are allowed to assemble outdoors except in the boundaries of their residences.
· Sale of intoxicating liquor is prohibited
· No hosting or attending private parties, banquets, balls or receptions
· No social events or meetings of fraternities, civic or private or social clubs or organisations.
· No competitive sporting or recreational events
· All beaches & parks are closed
· It is now illegal to transmit video or audio of or in any way make known to the public the identity of any person in a quarantine or isolation facility
· All visits to prison, the Government Industrial Schools prohibited
· Only one person allowed in hospital visits
· Churches will remain closed except for weddings & funerals and for streaming religious services at which only three persons including the officiant are allowed
· Funerals limited to no more than ten mourners
· Weddings must only include the bride, groom, official witnesses and marriage officer
Entities allowed to remain open and times are:
· Banks and credit unions are closed except to support ATMs
· Abattoirs, butcher shops & fish markets – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
· Bakeries – 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.
· Farms – 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.
· Pharmaceutical manufacturers and those manufacturing juices, dairy, soft drinks, food processors & food distributors – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
· Pharmacies, wholesale & retail grocery stores, mini-marts & village shops – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
· Delivery services of groceries & medicines – 8 a.m. to
· Cleaning services – 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
· Fuel manufacturers & storage facilities – 7 a.m to 5 p.m
· Gas stations – 7 a.m. to 5 pm.
· Hotels, Villas & Rental accommodations (restaurants open but for room service & takeaway only)
(Gaming rooms, spas, gyms, and discotheques of these accommodations must remain closed)
· Veterinary services as needed
· Sugar factories open the entire day
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