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Statement from AG on new directive

Statement from AG on new directive
Attorney General Dale Marshall. (Picture by Jameel Springer)

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Attorney General Dale Marshall issued the following clarification on the new COVID-19 directive that will go into effect at midnight.

He was referring to statements made by Prime Minister Mia Mottley on Friday during her address to the nation.

The full statement follows:

“The Prime Minister, in her address to the country, set out the changes that will be made in the Directive which will come into force as at midnight tonight. The PM also chaired the meeting of the Cabinet Covid Subcommittee this morning and certain of the matters were reviewed and refined.

For absolute clarity I want [to hone] in on a few points.

Firstly, Churches are limited to 25 persons but we are well aware that there a many very small church buildings in Barbados. We therefore want to make it clear that in no circumstance can more than 25% of the floor space be occupied for the service.

I can say that the Prime Minister will meet with the faith based organisations so that we can have in depth discussions to see how we can better establish arrangements that are specific to each assembly. We understand the difficulties of adopting a one-size fits all approach and we want to open those discussions with the religious sector.

The new Directive will stipulate that aerobic or dance exercise classes must be conducted outdoors. And further, gyms, dance and exercise studios will be continue operations but will be subject specific protocols issued by the Covid Monitoring Unit.” (PR/SAT)