Saturday 4 July, 2020

COVID-19: No truth to shutdown rumour as of March 23 at 8 am

(L-R) Acting CMO Dr Anton Best speaking with Press Secretary Roy Morris (FILE)

(L-R) Acting CMO Dr Anton Best speaking with Press Secretary Roy Morris (FILE)

Barbados is not shutting down on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

As of today, Monday (March 23) there is no evidence to support this rumour that is spreading on social media.

Assuring Barbadians that it is untrue is Press Secretary Roy Morris.

He told Loop News:

"There is currently in circulation on social media a message advising Barbadians to go out and do their shopping right away because Government is planning to close down the country on Wednesday.

"There is no such plan!"

He reminded citizens that: "Currently the country is at Stage 2 and in order to trigger the next stage a number of factors must be in play.

"While it's highly probable that we will reach that next stage, it cannot be predicted. When we do reach Stage 3 the country will be informed on the stepped-up restrictions.

"In the meanwhile, Barbadians should continue to observe the directions and advice that is being offered daily by official sources."


What does Stage 2 entail?

Stage 2: Confirmed human-to-human spread of COVID-19 in Barbados.

  • Small clusters in Barbados (≤ 25 cases) with limited human-to-human spread, but spread is highly localized.
  • Continued sensitisation of general public.
  • Standing up of one supplementary facility for moderate cases requiring hospitalisation (schools and Field Medical Hospital.
  • Designated additional capacity for screening (churches, community centres,
  • schools).

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