Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Officials in Barbados ease movement and business restrictions beginning May 18. Nightly 2000-0500 curfew remains in effect.

This alert affects Barbados

This alert began 18 May 2020 19:04 GMT and is scheduled to expire 31 May 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Movement restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Transport and business disruptions, increased police presence

Summary
Authorities in Barbados issued orders to lift multiple business and movement restrictions starting May 18. However, a nightly 2000-0500 curfew will remain in place until at least May 31. These measures are part of the country's efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The regulations stipulate that no person can be outside their home between 2000-0500, except members of an essential service, and they must always carry evidence of their employment. Multiple businesses will be allowed to open starting May 18, under certain regulations and with a limited schedule, including retail stores, auto, and boat repairs, banks, bakeries, barbershops, and hair salons, bookstores, hotels, professional services such as legal and accounting offices, pharmacies and grocery stores. Companies in the food, energy, and telecommunications industries may also operate. Construction, manufacturing, and landscaping services can also operate. Restaurants may only offer delivery and pickup services.

Residents can leave their homes to go to a grocery or a retail store only according to the following schedule:

  • Monday: Those with surnames beginning with the letters A, B, G, H, I, J, or K
  • Tuesday: Those with surnames beginning with the letters L, M, N, O, P, Q, or R, or any resident who is 70 years or older
  • Wednesday and Saturday: Those with surnames beginning with the letters C, D, E, F, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, or Z
  • Thursday: Those with surnames beginning with the letters G, H, I, J, or K, or essential workers
  • Friday: Those with surnames beginning with the letters A, B, L, M, N, O, P, Q, or R
  • Sunday: People 70 years and older and essential workers


Residents can go to a bank only according to the following schedule:

  • Monday: Those with surnames beginning with the letters A, B, G, H, I, J, or K
  • Tuesday: Residents 70 years or older
  • Wednesday: Those with surnames beginning with the letters C, D, E, F, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, or Z
  • Thursday: Essential workers
  • Friday: Those with surnames beginning with the letters A, B, L, M, N, O, P, Q, or R


Religious services are allowed with a maximum of 20 people present, while business meetings should have a maximum of 10 people present. Other gatherings of more than three people from different households are banned. Public transport services must limit the number of customers to 60 percent their maximum capacity. Beaches will be open between 0600-0900 and between 1600-1830, while parks will remain closed. All businesses and services must ensure social distancing measures and enhanced sanitation procedures. Social events or organized sports competitions are banned. All these restrictions will be in place until at least May 31.

Additionally, officials are enforcing a mandatory quarantine order for any person entering the country. All persons arriving on the island from any country by air or sea will be placed in a government facility for 14 days as part of the mandatory quarantine. Most passenger international flights remain canceled. Cargo aircraft continue to operate normally.

The measures in place will significantly impact business and transport in the country; increased police presence is probable. All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice.

Background and Analysis
The relaxation of some measures will likely accelerate in the coming weeks; however, restrictions may be reimposed or extended further should the number of COVID-19 cases increase. COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

Advice
Strictly heed the instructions of authorities. Confirm appointments. Remain courteous and cooperative if approached and questioned by law enforcement officers.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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