Saturday 17 November, 2018

Barbadians get a Grade ‘A’ for their response to TS Harvey

Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite speaking to the media today.

Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite speaking to the media today.

Barbadians are receiving praise for their willingness to comply with authorities and for adhering to notices issued by the powers that be during the passing of Tropical Storm Harvey.

Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite told news reporters in a brief press conference before touring the North of the island this afternoon:

“I think generally that we have to give the business community and Barbados as a whole an ‘A’ for the cooperation.”

He thanked persons for bearing with the Ministry of Home Affairs under which the Department of Emergency Management falls, and for exercising caution.

The AG said that some business-owners reached out to him to extend business hours yesterday, with “one chap” asking to remain in operation until 9:00 pm last night, Thursday, August 1 7, 2017, and he said that he granted permissions once persons assured that they would safely get employees to their homes after shifts were completed.

And in terms of persons who may have be called upon staff members to leave home before the all-clear was given he gave the example of persons in the tourism sector saying: “If I use the BHTA etc, they are part of our discussions when determining the protocol to shut down and the resumption. Hoteliers provide dinner, breakfast or lunch for guests, so if you want a skeleton staff to ensure that happens.”

Furthermore, to those who wished to one-up their competitors and be the first to reopen when the 12:00 pm resumption notice was issued, he said that it was up to them to provide transportation or for them to go collect staff and get them to the facility before 12:00 pm to open at 12:00 pm sharp.

“It’s a bit of common sense and cooperation, not rocket science,” he stressed.

When asked why the term “all-clear” was not used on this occasion, the AG said, “There is no difference between us saying that we’re going to advise the country that we are going to have a 12:00 pm resumption in business and if I say that we can issue an all-clear for people to resume business at 12:00 pm.” However, he posited that had the term “all-clear” been used maybe employers would have had unfair expectations of persons leaving home the moment the notice was issued.

Bus services on track

The Transport Board has also thanked commuters for their patience as they sought to bring their services back up today.

Acting General Manager, and Marketing and Communications Officer, Lynda Holder told Loop News that services commenced from the Fairchild Street Terminal from around 11:30 am and then they were able to move on to their outlying depots.  Services got underway from 12:00 pm at the Mangrove depot and the Speightstown Terminal.

She said as explained previously, they were not able to start with the full complement of services, they had a staggered start but before 4:00 pm, the Transport Board had all services on the road and they are seeking to keep those services on the road as much as they can.

Holder said she was pleased and heartened by the commuters who even called to express their understanding and appreciation for the Transport Board’s efforts to resume services as quickly as they were able to today.