Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley has announced that, after various discussions, there will be a further relaxation of the COVID-19 lockdown measures in Barbados as the island seeks to recover from the pandemic.
On her second day back at work, PM Mottley spoke during a live press briefing yesterday at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre and outlined that the goal of the current administration and various stakeholders was to have a safe work environment, to keep the people safe, while having a safe Barbados.
“I hear people complaining about the few who have been playing the fool and I have taken note and we are going to deal with some of them where we have to, but the vast majority of people in this nation have taken to heart the guidelines set out by the Ministry of Health and the health officials. I want to thank us because we could not be having this conversation today if we had not done that,” said Mottley.
As a result of the majority of Barbadians playing their part in the phased re-opening of the island, from Monday May 18th, according to Phase 3 of the COVID-19 pandemic plan, the following businesses will now be allowed to reopen, ensuring that all protocols are followed to continue to protect the island: Small cottage industries, repair services (appliances, television and air-conditioning, equipment, etc), bookstores, flower shops, home furnishings, appliance stores, hairdressers, barbershops, restaurants (only for drive-thru, ordered takeaway and delivery). Churches also have been given permission to allow a maximum of 20 persons into the sanctuary for services, with consideration to density ratios in respect to physical distancing.