Saturday 8 August, 2020

PM Mottley drops more COVID-19 restrictions; surnames shopping all day

Prime Minister Mia Mottley is back at work today, May 14, 2020.

Prime Minister Mia Mottley is back at work today, May 14, 2020.

Barbadians can spread their wings a little more from May 18 as Prime Minister Mia Mottley relaxed more of the government's COVID-19 restrictions.

Back on the job officially from today (May 14), Prime Minister Mia Mottley gave Barbadians wiggle room as the country works to establish a new norm in this time of COVID-19. 


The surname regime on the island remains in place but customers shopping at supermarkets, hardware stores and pharmacies as well as those banking weekly, can now conduct business all-day on their two days. 

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Mottley was speaking to the nation during a press conference held at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre after today's Social Partnership meeting. The presser was streamed live on Facebook.

When Prime Minister Mottley said that customers will be able to conduct business throughout the entire day from May 18, there was a flooding of the comment box with likes and heart emoji reactions. The only other announcement that received more hearts was the announcement that hair salons and barbers will reopen from May 18 also.

From May 18 the following businesses will now reopen with social distancing protocols in place and enforced:

  1. Small cottage industries
  2. Repair services - TV, A/C, etc
  3. Bookstores
  4. Flower shops
  5. Home furnishings
  6. Appliance stores – Work is being done to ensure the safe delivery and installation. This has been undertaken by the Environmental Health Department and Ministry of Labour in conjunction with the Unions as it relates to this process.
  7. Hairdressers
  8. Barbershops - PM Mottley observed the number of afros as opposed to bald heads that males sport now. She said she realises that some people are in "dire need" and said that it is believed these services can resume with safe protocols such as masks etc.
  9. Restaurants - No in-house dining, only for drive-thru, takeaway and delivery. Customers must call ahead if collecting takeaway. "Make sure you work with us," the Prime Minister urged. She said she understands that people will be glad to "not have to be cooking as much. I heard a lot of people saying they are getting tired of their own cooking." However, she urged persons to "learn to love it in-between."

The Prime Minister said 'No' to the following:

  1. Gyms
  2. Betting and gaming facilities
  3. In-house dining restaurants.

She said those are being left for Phase 4. "We recognise it’s hard," she added, but explained that as a country in the phases the aim is to reopen chunks "we can manage and control."

The curfew from 8 pm to 5 am daily remains in effect for the island.

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