Tuesday 29 September, 2020

Gov't considering options on reopening restaurants in COVID-19 curfew

Local fast food restaurant Chefette

Local fast food restaurant Chefette

Patrons of fast food restaurants will have to wait a little while longer before they can satisfy those cravings. 

This as government is yet to make a decision about the re-opening of fast food establishments in light of COVID-19 curfew restrictions. 

With a 24-hour curfew in effect and both indoor dining and drive-thru options no longer optional, home-cooked meals has become the only option for Barbadians over the last few weeks. 

For some, the fast food break has allowed them to experiment with new dishes, while others are rallying for the ‘release’ of some of the more popular fast food entities in the island.

However, Acting Prime Minister Santia Bradshaw made it clear that such a decision hinged on the advice of local health authorities. In responding to a question posed at a press conference (April 20) about the possibility of fast food restaurants providing limited or drive-thru services she stated:

“We are considering all options but I think at this time as you can appreciate, we have to obviously rely on the medical authorities to guide us in this process.”

Although for five consecutive days Barbados has recorded no positive cases, the Acting PM suggested that they did not wish to simply “just open up the country”.

“I can tell you that we have been in discussions, looking at what happens post-May 5, with a view that we can determine, obviously depending on what the results show at that point in time and if the medical authorities are satisfied with the position of Barbadians at that point in time, how can we start to free up some activity across the country. But in all of this we will be guided by the public health officials in making those determinations as to what measures we will free up for the country,” she stated.

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