Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Barbados extends curfew measures through June 14, due to COVID-19 activity, while further easing movement and business restrictions.

This alert affects Barbados

This alert began 01 Jun 2020 09:20 GMT and is scheduled to expire 15 Jun 2020 23:59 GMT.

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

Authorities in Barbados have extended curfew measures through at least June 14, but will continue to lift business and movement restrictions starting June 1. These measures are part of the country's efforts to reopen the economy while maintaining some restrictive measures to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The curfew will be enforced 2200-0500 Mondays to Thursday and 2000-0500 Fridays to Sundays. The regulations stipulate that no person can be outside their home during the curfew hours, except members of an essential service, who must always carry evidence of their employment.

Officials will lift other restrictions from June 1, including the shopping schedule based on surnames. All businesses and services must continue to ensure social distancing measures and enhanced sanitation procedures. In addition to previously authorized businesses, the following sectors and activities may resume operations:

  • All remaining retail operators may reopen subject to health protocols.
  • Other businesses and services that are allowed to resume operations include photo studios/photography, real estate agents, car rental companies, animal grooming and handling, trucking and other goods transportation, storage companies, car valet services, well cleaning, and recycling businesses.
  • Restaurants may open for dining in, subject to stipulated physical distancing protocols. Bars are to remain closed.
  • Officials have expanded beach visitation hours to 0500-1830 daily, and parks will reopen under regular hours. Individuals must comply with physical distancing protocols.
  • Churches and other faith-based organizations may conduct services, provided they adhere to stipulated physical distancing protocols.

Officials are maintaining international travel restrictions. Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI), the island's only international airport, remains closed to most commercial traffic through at least June 30. Cargo aircraft continue to operate normally. 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. All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice.

Background and Analysis
The restrictive measures are similar to actions taken by other governments globally in response to the spread of COVID-19, a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic March 11. Some governments have begun relaxing certain domestic restrictive measures in response to indications that the spread of the disease has been adequately contained locally, and due to the need to allow for some economic recovery. Barbados is likely to continue to relaxing business and movement restrictions over the coming weeks, subject to health protocols. Should the number of COVID-19 cases significantly increase, relaxed restrictions may be reapplied. Likewise, a continued low number of cases may result in a further relaxation of restrictions.

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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