GG asks Bajans to keep spirit alive during COVID-19 curfew
“We have all seen the news stories of how COVID-19 has overburdened the healthcare systems of developed countries. It is therefore the responsibility of every Barbadian to cooperate with the government and designated authority to ensure Barbados does not get to that point.”
These are the words spoken by the Governor General of Barbados, Dame Sandra Mason as she delivered the national address on March 29, 2020.
The GG said the country is currently navigating “troubled and unchartered waters” and she admonished Barbadians to adhere to the rules and regulations set it place in regards to the national curfew. Prime Minister, Mia Mottley imposed a national curfew to run from March 28 until April 14. It begins at 8 pm and ends to 6 am daily.
The Governor General encouraged Barbadians during this time to be productive and to keep the Bajan spirit alive.
“Understandably, dealing with the unknown makes us uncertain, anxious and fearful but we must not let these feelings overwhelm or paralyse us… CARICOM looks to Barbados for the best example of leadership”.
“That is where our past success and current survival lie. We can utilise the technology to reconnect with friends and relatives whom we have not seen or spoken to for a long time. We can play games or learn new skills. International universities are offering free online classes, famous artistes are giving free online concerts and places of worship are open online.”
She further stated that parents can incorporate story-telling into their new routines along with teaching children the art of kite making as well as how to cook traditional foods.
“It is in times like this that heroes and heroines emerge. It is in times like this that a country can rise to its finest hour”.