COVID-19: Barbadians told no large gatherings for next three months
Entertainment events and large gatherings with more than 100 people are to be postponed for the next three months as a precautionary measure against the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Prime Minister Mia Mottley made the announcement on Monday night as she updated the nation on the island's preparedness plan for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
While the country remains in the preparedness stage, Government has determined that all events on the We Gatherin’ cultural calendar where more than 100 people are expected to attend, will be cancelled if there is a confirmed case of the virus . .
The Prime Minister also indicated any large events or Crop Over events scheduled within the next three months must be postponed.
“We do recognize that there are some large events that people are planning particularly that may lead to outlay in advertising, the outlay in buying supplies and food and we are advising those persons to reschedule their events. Any event within the next three months to be rescheduled until later this year or next year. ,” Mottley remarked in her national address.
“Although we haven’t had a case yet, we don’t want people to spend money only to be told within less than 24 hours that they need to cancel. . . . We need to do things to keep the spirit of the population up but we are going to have to pull back on the larger scaled events for now."
Mottley also advised persons over the age of 70 to refrain from attending large gatherings. She recommended that they should self-quarantine during the next 12 weeks.
The Prime Minister encouraged all citizens to protect themselves and their family members during this time.
“I am appealing to all Barbadians that we each have to take care of ourselves, take in all the measures from washing your hands to not touching your face to all the things the ministry of health is guiding you to do, distancing as far as possible but at the same time to recognize that we need to take care of all of the more vulnerable, our grandparents, our mothers, fathers, and aunts whoever they are and to help them minimize going out. What we want to do is to protect them at all cost, we can’t shut down from the world fully.”