Saturday 5 December, 2020

State of Emergency for Barbados extended to March 2021

Attorney General Dale Marshall

Attorney General Dale Marshall

Government has extended the State of Emergency to March 27, 2021. 

Attorney General Dale Marshall made the announcement in the House of Assembly on Tuesday (October 27). He stated that the decision was made as the “foundation factors” which led to a state of emergency have not yet been removed. 

Marshall emphasized that although life has resumed to some form of normalcy, the threat of COVID-19 loomed over the country and its economy still. 

“Barbadians have in some ways gone back to their ways of life, the feting has started back, the social events have started back, regrettable the workforce has not gotten back to where it needs to be and tourism is not . . . Perhaps it is human nature that once the turmoil has settled a bit, the panic has dissipated we feel things are alright now.  

"[But,] It is this duty, Mr Speaker, as a Parliament to remind our citizens that things are not yet alright. It will take a long time before things are alright but as a Government and Parliament we have an obligation to ensure the structures that are needed to be in place to get Barbados safely over this chasm are in place,” he added. 

Minister of Health and Wellness, Lt Colonel Jeffrey Bostic supported the Government’s decision to extended the Public Health Emergency to March 2021.

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