PM confesses "We all have to recommit" to obeying COVID-19 protocols
Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley as she addressed the nation on July 22, 2020
Prime Minister Mia Mottley is not against Bajans and visitors having a good time under the relaxed COVID-19 Directive, but she simply wants them to do so safely.
Considering July is usually party central in Barbados as Crop Over events occur, Prime Minister Mottley empathised: “I know that especially at this time of year, the urge is out there to get out and socialize and party a little. But we simply can't do it in a way that is going to be risky." She said this while addressing the nation on July 22.
Her comments came days after the COVID-19 Czar gave some citizens a tongue lashing of sorts for refusing to follow protocols. He took to task all who have been socializing without adhering to social distancing and who seemed to have no regard for the wearing of face masks.
Continuing she stated:
“It is too dangerous and where we have asked persons and given persons the opportunity to congregate, we want them to do so in a way that is safe and certainly not with the pictures of them up underneath each other because you can have a good time, but put your hands out and dance to make sure that nobody comes close to you, behind you or in front of you.”
Making specific reference to the wearing of masks, PM Mottley admitted that she at times was too has failed to follow that established protocol, but appealed to all to make a concerted effort to do what must be done.
“On occasion, I know it is difficult to wear this mask too, believe you me, and I ensure that within distance once we are going into close crowds, that we try to do it. Do I always remember? I don't. Do you always remember? I hope so. Do we all have to recommit? Yes, we do!” she said.
In throwing her support behind the advice given by COVID-19 Czar, PM Mottley echoed his sentiments while calling for the cooperation of all on the island.
“It is for this reason that I join with the COVID Czar, Mr Richard Carter, in imploring Barbadians and visitors alike, and begging Barbadians and visitors alike to adhere to the tenets of social distancing and the practice of taking personal protection against the spread of the virus - the washing of hands and all of the other things that we know we should do, “ she implored.
PM Mottley revealed that she sanctioned the actions of the Czar and other authorities who have been tasked with ensuring individuals and institutions comply with the COVID-19 Directives issued. She explained: “It's not out of a desire to be wicked or to be malicious to people but you have to take responsibility for your facilities if you want to be able to have persons patronize them.”
While calling for island-wide cooperation and compliance as the country continues to battle against COVID-19, PM Mottley appealed: “We ask you, therefore, work with us because we know that the bounty is at the end of the road if we work together as a people.”
The Czar came under fire as many Bajans, especially on social media, questioned his heavy-handed way of speaking to the citizens and visitors on island as he said that he was giving his final warning to businesses and persons who are flouting the COVID-19 Health rules.