Sunday 31 May, 2020

Czar: Bajans being 'hard ears', 'reckless', not social distancing

COVID-19 Czar, Richard Carter (FILE)

COVID-19 Czar, Richard Carter (FILE)

“Hard ears yah won’t hear, own way you will feel!”

The COVID-19 Czar, Richard Carter, firmly reminded Barbadians that the restrictions under the COVID-19 emergency are to be obeyed.

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His stern Bajan warning followed the Minister of Health and Wellness, Jeffrey Bostic's March 30-update. As of yesterday, 8 pm, the Minister informed the nation that the total number of confirmed cases had reached 34.

Carter said despite the activity restrictions being called for, which include practising physical distancing, only travelling on the road when necessary and obeying curfew regulations, not all citizens are complying.

The COVID-19 Czar stated that he personally checked to see if Barbadians by their behaviours were abiding by the rules set out by health officials and has realised that this is not the case.

“We’ve seen people in cues at supermarkets and banks and other places of business and not observing the physical distancing. We’ve seen congregations at the beaches and other places of entertainment.”

He outlined that there is now a concern that Barbadians are not responding to the requests and the restrictions.

“I want to urge Barbadians… we have the opportunity by our behaviour to bring this virus to a halt.

"It will be an act of ultimate irresponsibility if the Government of Barbados allows those few persons who are reckless…who are not prepared to abide by those rules and restrictions to put the health of all of us at risk.”

Barbados' curfew was enacted at 8 pm on Saturday, March 28 and will end at 6 am on April 15 at 6 am. The country is at Stage 3 in its plan to manage and respond to COVID-19.

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