New COVID-19 Monitoring Unit going after all breachers of protocols
COVID-19 Czar Richard Carter. (PHOTO: FILE)
The COVID-19 Monitoring Unit will be out in full effect from Tuesday, July 21.
In a stern warning to the Barbadian public, COVID-19 czar Richard Carter reminded the public that failure to abide by the COVID-19 regulations would result in a fine of $50,000 or one-year imprisonment or both.
Carter did not mince words as he noted what he described as "a serious lapse" by local businesses, transport operators, and the wider public in this regard.
He indicated that business operators have relaxed the requirement of temperature testing, hand sanitisation, the wearing masks, social distancing, and registering of persons entering businesses places for contact tracing.
"There has been a serious lapse. Some of it actually started when Barbados reached its plateau in terms of zero cases but we have had cases since then and I made the point even at that stage that those were zero cases in terms of what had been identified.
"There has always been and continues to be the possibility that there are persons out there whose COVID-19 status has not been determined as they have not been tested so it is possible that there are asymptomatic persons walking around Barbados who could potentially be spreading COVID-19," Carter cautioned.
In light of activities last week since commercial flights recommenced, he added: "For me, no person fresh off a plane of indeterminate COVID-19 status could be seen hugging up Ms Carter last boy because I will respect my health and protect my health in that regard and therefore it is up to every individual to protect themselves and to observe the protocols that have been established".
Considering applying the brake that Prime Minister Mia Mottley has spoken of numerous times in the past, Carter asserted that the COVID-19 Monitoring Unit will be hitting the streets to ensure that most Barbadians are strictly abiding by the rules and regulations. He pleaded with locals to be responsible and to practice "common sense".
"It is impossible to monitor the behaviour of every single individual in Barbados that is why the act and common sense place the responsibility on the individual to monitor his own behaviour and be responsible for his own health and protection.
"The Unit will probably have about six to ten persons, that is not enough persons to monitor every establishment but nobody knows where the unit will be," Carter added.