Second night of curfew quiet
On the second night of the state of emergency, Barbadians respected the curfew.
Sheds which were usually swarming with youth were bare, the only signs of use being a few empty beverage bottles left behind.
St Thomas was especially quiet. A team visited areas such as Redman’s Village, Bagatelle, Shop Hill, Arthur’s Seat, Melrose, Welchman Hall, Sturges and Cane Garden.
Every few minutes, a police patrol vehicle could be seen, its red and blue lights flashing as it meandered through some small back roads in St Thomas.
In St Michael, there was more activity, as empty Transport Board buses were driven into the state agency’s Weymouth headquarters. Security company G4S personnel were also in that company’s vehicles being taken to and from work.
On Martindale’s Road, a few medical health personnel chatted on the sidewalk outside the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and very few cars entered the facility.
A couple of kilometres away along Bush Hill at the Garrison, the spot where sex workers frequent, was also absent of activity.
A public health emergency was delared by Government last week as Barbados entered Stage 3 of the national response to mananging novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The curfew was imposed form March 28 to April 14, 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. each day.