Final warning! Businesses to pay if they breach COVID-19 protocols
Barbados' COVID-19 Czar, Richard Carter
As of tomorrow July 21, 2020, all businesses will be shut down if COVID-19 protocols are not being adhered to according to the standards of the Ministry of Health.
This is what the Barbados COVID-19 Czar, Richard Carter, announced as he addressed the public on CBC Evening News tonight (July 20).
Carter said that the actions of Barbadians who attended events over the weekend showed that both the organisers and patrons exhibited irresponsible behaviour.
Carter said that these businesses include public transportation, restaurants, bars, supermarkets, shops, vendors, nightclubs and other places of entertainment. The Czar considers this to be the absolute, final warning for businesses, and therefore a penalty will be in full effect starting from tomorrow.
“…almost on the eve of the day that we celebrate National Significance where large numbers of Barbadians gave their lives for us to enjoy the quality of life that we do, we have persons who are prepared to jettison all of that to put ourselves at risk, to roll back all of those gains by not observing the simple protocols that are there in law,” said Carter further stating his disappointment.
Failure to abide by these rules will result in a fine of $50,000 or one to two years imprisonment.