COVID-19: Barbados enters Stage 3, curfew from March 28
Barbados has entered into Stage 3 of its management and response to COVID-19.
Government implemented stage three after reporting 24 cases as of March 26.
Prime Minister Mia Mottley announced tonight (March 26) that Government will pass an amendment to the Emergency Management Act tomorrow in Parliament to declare a public health emergency in Barbados.
With the declaration of a public health emergency, from Saturday, March 28, 2020, a curfew will be implemented from 8 pm to 6 am until April 14. The 24-hour life as we know it will resume April 15.
Video caption: Barbados' COVID-19 update and Address to the Nation on March 26 at 8 pm.
All Barbadians who are not part of the essential services have been warned to refrain from travelling on the roads during the curfew hours.
Essential services which do not fall under the curfew have been identified as:
- Uniformed organisations of Barbados
- Security organisations
- The Royal Barbados Police Force
- Barbados Defense Force
- Barbados Fire Service
- Immigration and Customs
- Barbados Prison Service
- Medial and paramedical professionals
- Hospital providers
- Provisions of electricity, telecommunications, media and broadcasting services
- Provisions of essential transport
- The collection, storage, purification and distribution of water
- The collection storage, treatment and disposal of sewage or garbage or refuse
- The removal and handling of persons who have passed away.
Apart from essential services, there will be several services that will be allowed to operate during the day, from 6 am to 8 pm.
Grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants (only for take-away and drive-thru services), shops, commercial bakeries, butcher shops, abattoirs, fishermen, farmers and gas stations.
Critical Government departments will also operate from 9 am to 2 pm.
Individuals can also apply for exemptions from the Government.
Prime Minister Mottley insisted that law enforcement has been advised to take action against persons who do not follow the curfew.
"I want to make it absolutely clear, in the matter of the 8 pm to 6 am restricted activity-curfew, the government of Barbados is not playing!
"Law enforcement shall be instructed to apply and enforce the law fairly, transparently and without fear.
All persons not stated with the essential services and not having a good reason to be on the road after 8 pm and before 6 am shall be dealt with in accordance with the spirit and the intent of the law," stated the Prime Minister during her national address.
She called on Barbadians not to be alarmed and flood to the supermarkets in fear because they will remain open and the Government has food items in storage. However, she pleaded with Bajans to "stan in de house" as much as possible to minimise the risk of infection and reduce the spread of the disease.
"We are appealing to all Barbadians to please minimise the number of times that you need to go outside. Persons have done well thus far and we can continue to do well if we hold each other's back up . . . What we need you to do is to stay off the road."