Thursday 9 July, 2020

AG: State of emergency for Barbados extended until end of August

Attorney General of Barbados Hon. Dale Marshall

Attorney General of Barbados Hon. Dale Marshall

The State of Emergency in Barbados has been extended until the end of August.

This announcement was made by the Attorney General of Barbados Dale Marshall on Friday (June 26), after he revealed the newest ease of restrictions for the island set to begin on June 29, 2020.

While stating that many Barbadians would be concerned as to why the curfew had been lifted but the State of Emergency had been extended, the AG provided some clarity.

“The importance of the State of Emergency (SoE), from my point of view, is that it allows us to maintain our restrictions and physical protocols in relation to the sanitising. It is the basis of which the COVID Monitoring Unit will work. They will work within the context of the State of Emergency caused by the pandemic," he said. 

He further stated that even though there were no active cases of COVID-19 on the island currently, there must still be some form of governance as far as social distancing and other preventative measures are concerned.

During the Address to the Nation press conference, it was declared that there were no active cases of COVID-19 and all persons who were in the isolation facilities had been released. Barbados has recorded 97 cases of COVID-19 to date.

In relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Barbados Public Health Emergency proclamation was extended from April 27 to June 30, and now it is being extended once more.

The citizens and residents in Barbados were under a weekend curfew from 10 pm Friday to 5 am Monday, but this now has been discontinued as the country prepares to reopen its airport to commercial flights in July.

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