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Safe zones could be divisive, says DLP


Antoinette Connell

Safe zones could be divisive, says DLP
DLP candidate for St Michael North West, Ryan Walters. (FILE)

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The Democratic Labour Party (DLP) is charging that COVID-19 safe zones can lead to a divide in the country and among families.

“The focus should be on creating a safe Barbados. At this point, safe zones are a myth, ineffective and unachievable, since the vaccinated can both catch and spread the virus. Adding to that, sadly, we have also had the death of fully vaccinated people. Safe zones have the potential to divide this country and divide families. It is a premature initiative,” said DLP candidate for St Michael North West, Ryan Walters.

He stated that as Government continues to follow the global playbook with vaccinations taking centre stage, 63 per cent of the eligible population had the first-dose commitment to the vaccine. Therefore, he questioned why then was there a rush to follow others to implement safe zones “in our little two-by-four country”.

On October 11, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley revealed that safe zones, where vaccinated people can work, socialise and entertain, were coming. In a national address she said that it was the best way forward in the absence of a mandatory vaccination policy for Barbados as the Government had no intention of forcing people to put anything into their bodies.

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