Saturday 8 August, 2020

PM Mottley: All businesses eligible to reopen from next week

Prime Minister Mia Mottley.

Prime Minister Mia Mottley.

Prime Minister Mia Mottley has discontinued the national curfew, except for weekends. 

Speaking from Ilaro Court tonight (June 11) during a televised national addressed, Mottley stated that from June 15 there will be no restrictions of movement between Monday and Thursday in terms of curfew hours. The new curfew prohibits traversing from 10 pm to 5 am on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only. 

 

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Public service officers and employees of state-owned enterprises are to return to work on Monday. All businesses, third-sector agencies and organisations are eligible to reopen as well. 

"There will be some limitations as with those who can be physically accommodated within the framework of adequate physical distancing and with the new protocols. We have been settling in the public service to allow for a greater degree of flexible work. Minister of Health and Wellness Jeffrey Bostic summed it up brilliantly yesterday (June 10) when he pointed out that the crux of the matter was our ability to manage and respond to the circumstances, or as I had put it before managing risks. We cannot minimise errors by postponing decisions," the Prime Minister remarked.

She added:

"There is no logical reason to keep workers in Barbados from their workplace any further.

"We have established stringent protocols and these have been followed and honoured by the workforce of Barbados and I have every confidence in my people to walk the line".

Mottley said that the strict health protocols were worked on by the government in conjunction with the private sector and the union movement.

Mottley indicated that she did not give blanket consent to the reopening of businesses to ensure that they follow the necessary health and safety protocols as the country reopens. Daycare centres not granted permission to reopen before June 22.

"I have stopped short of giving carte blanche permission because it is vitally important that each entity signs on to and reflects adaptation to the necessary protocols," she said.

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