In an address to the nation, Thursday night Prime Minister Mia Mottley announced that the country would be moving to stage 3 of its Covid-19 preparedness plan as the island recorded its 24th case of the Coronavirus. Stage 3 will see a 10hr curfew going into effect from Saturday 28th of March 8 pm to 6 am every day until the 14th of April.
The PM said:
"As of Saturday the 28th of March at 8 p.m. we will be asking all Barbadians who are not part of the Essential Services to desist from travelling around from 8 p.m. at night to 6 a.m. in the morning every day until the 14th of April."
The Prime Minister outlined that only essential services would be allowed to operate during the restricted hours. She outlined the essential services as follows;
"essential services are intended of course to include the uniformed organisations of Barbados Security organisations, The Royal Barbados Police Force, The Fire Service, The Prison Service, Immigration Customs Officers, Medical Professional, Caregivers, Hospital Providers, The provision of Electricity, Telecommunications, Media and Broadcasting Services, the provision of essential transport, the collection storage purification and distribution of water to the public, the collection storage treatment and disposal of sewage or garbage refuse indeed and regrettably the removal Handling of Persons and handling of persons who have passed away."
She also urged the public to minimise the number of times they need to go out from 6 am and 8 pm.