Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Officials in Barbados extend 24-hour curfew through May 3 due to COVID-19. New shopping restrictions in place. Other measures remain.

This alert affects Barbados

This alert began 13 Apr 2020 11:15 GMT and is scheduled to expire 03 May 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Movement restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Through May 3
  • Impact: Major transport and business disruptions, increased security

Authorities in Barbados will extend the 24-hour curfew through May 3 as part of the nation's efforts to curb coronavirus disease (COVID-19). All nonessential businesses are to remain closed. All beaches and parks are closed, and the sale of alcohol will be prohibited. Officials will arrest persons who do not adhere to the curfew.

Authorities have introduced a new shopping schedule as of April 13; residents will only be allowed to conduct business outside curfew hours at supermarkets, fish markets, hardware stores, and banks according to the first letter of their surname as follows:

  • Surnames beginning with A-B: Monday 0800-1100, and Friday 1300-1600
  • Surnames beginning with C-F: Wednesday 0800-1100, and Saturday 1300-1600
  • Surnames beginning with G-K: Thursday 0800-1100, and Monday 1300-1600
  • Surnames beginning with L-R: Friday 0800-1100, and Tuesday 1300-1600
  • Surnames beginning with S-Z: Saturday 0800-1100, and Wednesday 1300-1600
  • Senior and disabled citizens: Tuesday 0800-1100, and Sunday 0900-1100
  • Healthcare and other essential workers: Tuesday 1300-1600, and Sunday 1100-1400

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 water will be placed in a government facility for 14 days as part of the mandatory quarantine. While Barbados' airports remain operational, several commercial passenger airlines have canceled international flights, and flight availability is severely limited. 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 measures taken by the Barbados government correspond with similar actions taken by other governments globally in recent weeks, in response to the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 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 WHO declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

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.

World Health Organisation (WHO):

Government of Barbados - COVID-19 Updates: