AG: Beaches open, exercise caution to stop COVID-19 spread
Local beaches are open, but the Attorney General is advising Barbadians to exercise caution and practice social distancing during the island's two week curfew.
This morning on, VOB 92.9's Down to Brasstacks, Attorney General, Dale Marshall said locals were allowed to go to the beach but they should take the necessary precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19.
"Our overriding mission is to reduce the spread of COVID but as far as we are concerned, Barbadians can do certain things once they are responsible and going to the beach is one thing.
While we are saying to Barbadians that they need to stay at home, we should have to operate within a cultural context. . . . You can go to the beach but we are insisting at all times that you be responsible, maintain social distancing and do not convene," Marshall emphasized.
Marshall's sentiments were supported by Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Anton Best who stressed that persons who were ill or suffered from respiratory ailments should refrain from going outdoors. The senior medical official advised the public to seek medical attention either from their regular health care provider, the polyclinics or to contact the COVID-19 hotline at 536-4500 if they exhibited any symptoms.
"We are not advising people to go out of their homes when they are ill so the advice to go the beach and to do certain activities with the restrictions that are put in place do not include if you are ill. If you are ill particularly if you have a respiratory problem you have to seek medical attention," Best said.
Earlier today during an online press conference with local journalists, Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Ryan Straughn noted that the National Conservation Commission (NCC) has not been listed as an essential service, therefore during the two-week shutdown beach facilities across the island will be closed. The Minister urged locals to stay at home and recommended they practice social distancing and refrain from convening in groups to minimise the spread of COVID-19.
"We want people to be safe, we want people to reduce their movements across the country. This is specifically to limit human interaction and the spread of COVID-19."