Monday 30 November, 2020

COVID-19: Barbados enters Phase 2 of reopening schedule on May 4

(File Photo)

(File Photo)

Come May 4, Barbadians will have a little more freedom as government implements Phase Two of the reopening schedule.

Phase Two will see an ease in the lockdown measures which started on March 28 and is expected to end on May 3. 

Prime Minister Mia Mottley provided an update during a national address last night (April 29) on the island’s operations going forward.

Those businesses which can operate under Phase Two include:

Construction, mining

Landscaping services including garden and pool operations

Food and beverages manufacturing and retailing

Supermarkets

Finance and insurance

Legal, accounting and other professional services to support businesses

Tradesmen: joiners, upholsterers and welding workshops

Automotive stores and workshops

Electronic stores, other than for mobile ICT

Retailers of baby products

Beauty supply stores

Health and medicine services

Office equipment and supplies

Pet services and supplies

Safety equipment, security products and services

Marine products distributors

Education suppliers

Dry cleaning and laundry services

Distribution and printing supplies

Delivery companies

Building supply companies

 

Permitted activities under Phase Two include:

Beach – will be open 6 am to 9 am daily

Sale of alcohol – not to be consumed in public

 

Mottley said the “exit plan” requires an established criteria for safe daily activity and travel.

  • Those who have symptoms such as fever or cough should stay at home, as well as those who are elderly, pregnant, have an underlying clinical condition or they are living with someone is fits this criteria.
  • Wherever possible workers should travel to their workplace alone using their transport with employers expected to make parking arrangements for additional cars and bicycles and provide hand cleaning facilities at entrances and exits.
  • Public transport will be limited to 60 per cent capacity to provide sufficient space and only one person at a time can sit on a row of chairs.
  • All persons entering workplace are to have their temperature checked and employers should introduce staggered start and finish times to reduce congestion.
  • Employees are to maintain social distance, wash their hands regularly and clean common contact surfaces.
  • Workers are asked to stay at the worksite and not use local shops. They are encouraged to walk with prepackaged meals and refillable drinking bottles.
  • Employers should stagger break times to reduce congestion in canteens or lunch rooms and workers should maintain social distance. 
  • Non-essential physical work that requires close contact between workers should not be carried out.
  • Employers are asked to regularly clean the inside of work vehicles and between use by different operators and only necessary meeting participants should attend in-door meetings.

Critical government departments which have been functioning over the curfew period will continue to do so with their regular staff numbers. The wider public service will reopen with minimal staff on May 4 and will provide basic services initially.

The protocol for the wearing of masks, Mottley said, may soon become mandatory.

“We are asking all persons who are going into the public and moving around to start to use masks, whether disposable or cloth. We have not yet made it mandatory but we are considering doing so and at this point in time we are asking all of you to wear the masks.”

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