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No plan to close down country on Wednesday


No plan to close down country on Wednesday

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There is no plan by Government to shut down the country on Wednesday.

Press secretary Roy Morris refuted a message circulating on social media advising residents to do their shopping because the country would be closed down on that date.

“There is no such plan,” Morris said.

“Currently the country is at Stage 2 and in order to trigger the next stage, a number of factors must be in play. While it’s highly probable that we will reach that next stage, it cannot be predicted. When we do reach Stage 3, the country will be informed on the stepped up restrictions.”

He said in the meantime, Barbadians should continue to observe the directions and advice that are being offered daily by official sources.

According to the National Pandemic Preparedness Plan, Stage 2 means:

Confirmed human-to-human spread of COVID-19 in Barbados.  

Small clusters in Barbados (25 cases or fewer cases) with limited human-to-human spread, but spread is highly localised.

Continued sensitisation of general public.

Standing up of one supplementary facility for moderate cases requiring hospitalisation (schools and field medical hospital).

Designated additional capacity for screening (churches, community centres, schools). (PR/SAT)