Covid-19 in Barbados & Government measures to combat economic impact
On 17th Mar 2020, the Minister of Health and Wellness, Lt Col Jeffrey Bostic confirmed the first two cases in Barbados and within two days three more cases were confirmed. As per the surveillance published on 3rd Apr 2020, Barbados has in total 45 confirmed cases and zero death.
In order to keep the outbreak under control, following measure have been taken by the government;
- Shut down of all schools and limited gatherings to 25. Further on 19th Mar, the Government announced that all arrivals from the UK, Europe and the US would be quarantined for 14 days.
- A curfew from Saturday, 28th Mar to 14th Apr from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. was announced. Citizens were asked to be lock down at their home during curfew hours and limit the movement during the day.
- Public were requested to practice physical distancing of six feet between persons.
- Private businesses have been ordered to close from 28th Mar to 14th Except for those excluded by the government such as groceries, pharmacies, gas stations and farms, with specific allowed operating hours for each type of business.
- Restaurants to be open but only for drive-through and take away services.
- People breaking the order without a reasonable explanation will be liable to a fine of BBD $50,000, one year in prison, or both.
- On 2 Apr 2020, Prime Minister Santia Bradshaw announced that because people were still assembling in large groups despite previous measures, Barbados would be placed under a 24-hour curfew from 3 Apr 2020 at 6:00 pm. From 3 Apr 2020, all supermarkets, mini marts, restaurants, government offices, departments and statutory corporations would be closed, the sale of alcohol would be prohibited, and people would only be allowed to leave their homes to “go to the pharmacy, to seek medical assistance, or if you are part of the essential services, or if you are doing business with any of the businesses, which are exempted under this Order”. Some food sellers, such as bakeries, bread depots and “village shops” would be allowed to operate during designated hours, but could have no more than three people congregating at a time. The following day the start of the curfew was delayed till 8:00 pm. to allow workers time to go home after shutting up.
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