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National Pause extended

National Pause extended
Prime Minister Mia Mottley (FILE)

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Barbados’ National Pause to fight the spread of COVID-19 was extended until February 28, 2021.

The provisions of the emergency directive, including the 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew remain in place.

Prime Minister Mia Mottley announced the extension during an address to the nation on Monday afternoon.

Even as the time is extended, there are a few concessions being granted.

Minimarts, which were not allowed to operate under the current directive, can now do so from Monday to Friday. However, minimarts and supermarkets are to remain closed on weekends.

The Post Office will reopen on Thursday to facilitate the cashing of pension cheques and remittance offices will also open.

Barbadians and residents can continue to enjoy the beach from 6 to 9 a.m., but Mottley warned they would be closed if people did not physical distance. She said the COVID Monitoring Unit would be deployed on the beach to aid with enforcement. (SAT)