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Czar issues stern warning

Barbados is getting tough with businesses and others that breach Covid-19 regulations.

Covid-19 Czar Richard Carter revealed the cabinet of Barbados made the decision amid concern that Barbadians have not been adhering to the rules.

The announcement was made on CBC News Night.

Carter did not mince his words as he charged that there has been “a serious lapse” by local businesses, transport operators, and the wider public.

The COVID-19 Czar indicated that business operators have relaxed the requirement of temperature testing, hand sanitization, masks, social distancing, and registering of persons entering businesses places for contact tracing.

In a stern warning to the Barbadian public, COVID-19 Czar reminded the public that failure to abide by the COVID-19 would result in $50, 000 fine or one-year imprisonment or both.

Carter did not mince his words as he charged that there has been “a serious lapse” by local businesses, transport operators, and the wider public.

“There has been a serious lapse. Some of it actually started when Barbados reached its plateau in terms of zero cases but we have had cases since then and I made the point even at that stage that those were zero cases in terms of what had been identified.

There has always been and continues to be the possibility that there are persons out there whose COVID-19 status has not been determined as they have not been tested so it is possible that there are asymptomatic persons walking around Barbados who could potentially be spreading COVID-19,” Carter cautioned.

In light of activities last week since commercial flights recommenced, he added: “For me, no person fresh off a plane of indeterminate COVID-19 status could be seen hugging up Ms Carter last boy because I will respect my health and protect my health in that regard and therefore it is up to every individual to protect themselves and to observe the protocols that have been established”.

Considering applying the brake that Prime Minister Mia Mottley has spoken of numerous times in the past, Carter asserted that the COVID-19 Monitoring Unit will be hitting the streets to ensure that most Barbadians are strictly abiding by the rules and regulations. He pleaded upon locals to be responsible and to practice “common sense”.

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