For the first time in Barbados’ modern history, people will be under a protocol of restricted movement and closed business operations as it enters a public health emergency in an attempt to halt the spread of the COVID-19 disease.
From 8 o’clock last night, they were prohibited from being on the streets until 6 a.m., under a curfew that ends April 15.
Only essential service providers such as police, firefighters, paramedics, utility and telecommunications companies employees, medical health personnel and media workers are exempt.
Private agencies can apply to Attorney General Dale Marshall for special leave to work within the curfew.
Head of the Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA) Edward Clarke is hoping the period will not have to be extended since any extension could have a debilitating effect on the economy for the rest of 2020. (BA)
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