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Acting Prime Minister Santia Bradshaw announced several measures which will be in effect until 6 a.m. on April 15, 2020 as the number of COVID-19 cases in Barbados jumped from 34 to 45.
These include a mandatory 14-day quarantine in a Government facility for all persons entering Barbados and from April 3, 2020 until midnight April 14, 2020 all non-essential services shall remain closed.
The exceptions are as follows:
- Abattoirs, butchers’ shops and fish markets will open between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
- Bakeries will open between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Farms will open between 5 a.m. and 5 p.m.
- Pharmaceutical manufacturers, manufacturers of juices, soft drinks and dairy products, food processors and food distributors will open between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
- Only automatic teller machines will be in operation at banks and credit unions.
- Cleaning services will operate between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.
- Fuel manufacturers, fuel storage facilities and fuel distributors will open between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
- Pharmacies, wholesale and retail grocery stores, mini-marts and village shops will open between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
- Gas stations will operate between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
- Delivery services relating to groceries and medical supplies will operate between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
- Hotels, villas and other rental accommodation, excluding gaming rooms, spas, gyms and discos and restaurants, will operate only for take-away and room service.
- Sugar factories will operate for the entire day.
- Private veterinary services will operate as needed.
- From 6 p.m. on April 3, 2020 all government ministries, departments and statutory corporations will close until 6 a.m. on April 15, 2020.
- Only those public services designated as essential services will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and only those employees deemed to be essential may go to the office. All other staff shall remain at home. This list will be published by the Barbados Government Information Service.
- Owners and operators of businesses shall restrict the number of people inside or outside to ensure a distance of six feet is maintained between people.
- Places of worship may only open to conduct funerals and weddings and for the streaming of services. Only three people, including the officiant, may be present for the latter.
In addition, no person may host or attend a private party; a recreational or competitive sporting event; a wedding other than the bride, bridegroom, official witnesses and the marriage officer; a banquet, ball or reception; any social event or meeting of a fraternal society, private or social club, civic association or organisation.
Restrictions were also imposed on visits to public places.
No person shall transmit video or audio or identify any person in quarantine or isolation.
Visits to Her Majesty’s Prison Dodds and the Government Industrial Schools have been cancelled.
Private businesses and offices may only continue operations if employees can work exclusively from home.
All parks and beaches will be closed.
No more than ten mourners, one officiant, one funeral director and the necessary funeral staff will be allowed at a funeral.
Only one person at a time can visit a patient at a hospital, nursing home, maternity home or an addiction/drug treatment facility.
No one should leave home unless they need to purchase food or medicine, to seek medical or dental attention, to do banking or work in an essential service or business that is exempt.
Only three people or fewer, who are not of the same household shall remain outdoors unless they are in the “curtilage of their residence”.
No more than five persons in a family can congregate outside except on their property.
The sale of liquor is banned.
Anyone who contravenes the following directives “without reasonable explanation” could spend a year in jail, be subject to a fine of $50 000 or both, if convicted under the Emergency Management (COVID-19) Order, 2020. (SAT)