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Phased reopening of business in Barbados

Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley has announced the phased reopening of businesses and the public service effective next Monday May 4th with strict guidelines for how entities and people operate.


Those guidelines include :


The identification and protection of the vulnerable.


All persons are asked to wear masks in public.


Travel to work places wherever possible should be in private transport or on PSVs at 60% capacity with one person per row.


No non-essential visitors to workplaces.


All employees must wash hands on arrival and departure from work.


There must be six feet spacing of staff at work and regular cleaning of surfaces, increased hand washing stations and increased ventilation.


Employees should bring their food to work and limit purchases off premises.


The PM indicated this phase two will allow the reopening of such companies and services such as:


1. Construction and Mining

2. Manufacturing.

3. Finance and Insurance

4. Landscaping

5. Food and Beverage

6. Automotive retailing

7. Electronic stores

8. Baby supplies

9. Beauty supplies

10. Health and medical services

11. Office equipment

12. Pet supplies

13. Safety equipment

14. Educational supplies

15. Laundries


The sale of alcohol will resume but no consumption is allowed in public.


Beaches will also be open between the hours of 6 am and 9 am daily to facilitate exercise and sea baths, the public has been advised to adhere to social distancing protocols.


The Prime Minister said the fore mention would be be subject to review in two weeks and adjustments could be made with the next stage of reopening, phase three possibly including:


1. Book stores

2. Clothing stores

3. Flower shops

4. Barbers and beauty shops

5. Entertainment and restaurants..


School classes will start electronically next Monday May 4th.


Effective next Monday additional government departments will also open.


The Prime Minister announced hundreds of millions of dollars in programs to assist vulnerable families, create or protect jobs and to create economic activity through capital works and investment projects.

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