Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, in her address to the nation on CBC TV 8 on Wednesday night, outlined her four-phase plan to move the country forward during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Phase 2 of that plan will start from Monday, May 4. This includes the curfew period being between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.
have heard the concerns and realities of all Barbadians and placed them into
the centre of everything we are doing. We
know you are worried about the safety of your loved ones. You are worried too
about your livelihood, and that you need more information about what is to
happen, when will it happen, and generally, what you ought to be doing at this
point,” Prime Minister Mottley said.
that the measures the country is currently operating under fall under Phase 1
of the Exit
Strategy for Lockdown, she
said come Monday, the following sectors will be opened under Phase 2.
Beverages Manufacturing and Retailing (not for the
actual restaurant but the manufacturing and reselling of food and beverages);
and other Professional Services to Support Businesses;
Tradesmen e.g. joiners,
upholsterers, welding workshops;
(to support the maintenance of a safe public and
private transport system);
Garden and Pool Services;
– other than for mobile ICT;
Retailers of Baby
offsite delivery of food only
Beauty Supply Stores;
Health and Medicine
Pet Services and
Tyre shops, wrecker services and emergency
personnel for vehicle response only, as needed;
Dry Cleaning and
Printing Supplies; and
Also, under Phase
2, Barbadians will be allowed to purchase alcohol. However, there will be no consumption in
public, and this measure will be closely monitored.
Limited access to
the beach, between 6:00 and 9:00 a.m. daily, will be allowed. Prime Minister Mottley stated this action was
“particularly for those elderly people who may have
joint problems, or who cannot therefore exercise on the road or run or walk,
but who need the sea in order to be able to allow their bodies to be able to
get that kind of movement that is necessary to avoid the pain”.
She added: “We are encouraging persons to go to the sea; exercise on the beach; go in the water; come back out exercise if you may, but do not congregate on the beaches.”
This measure will also be closely monitored, and an assessment will determine if this three-hour window can be safely widened.
The Prime Minister urged those workers operating under Phase 1 and 2 to protect themselves as they have been instructed, and to use the personal protective equipment at all times, not just as a safety precaution for themselves, but as a courtesy to their colleagues and anyone with whom they may come into contact.
Ms. Mottley added: “As we navigate these tempestuous seas, we must stay on course if we are to reach safe ground and move on to Phase 3. Any refusal to comply will cause us to run aground and set us back to where we started, a scenario that we can ill afford.”
To download the full transcript of the Prime Minister’s address to the nation, please click here.