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New COVID-19 measures take effect today

February 14th, 2022

While we know you have not forgotten that the curfew has been discontinued from today, we want to remind you of the other measures that take effect with the latest COVID-19 Directive.

New measures:

  • The six feet rule for distancing will no longer apply, except where persons exercise together outdoors, without wearing a mask. In all other cases, the physical distance of at least three feet will apply.
  • Hiking will also be allowed in no greater groups of 30 individuals
  • Pleasure craft and private boats, chartered for private cruises will move from 50 to 100 per cent of their authorised number of passengers. Proof of vaccination or testing will be required prior to boarding.
  • Party cruises will be allowed to operate at 100 per cent of their authorised number, subject to proof of vaccination and Rapid Antigen Test and the presence of an officer from the COVID Monitoring Unit on board all cruises.

Noting that public health officials had indicated that these outdoor open-air events would not pose a significant threat to public health once the protocols were followed, Mr Gooding-Edghill said cricket capacity at the Kensington Oval for the upcoming international tournaments would move from 60 to 80 per cent, fully vaccinated.

Additionally, it was disclosed that there will be no restriction of beach activity and parks, as the previous 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. stipulation would no longer apply and Barbadians and visitors alike would again be allowed to enjoy these facilities without limitation.

Also, public service vehicles will be allowed to increase the authorised number of sitting passengers from 75 per cent to 100 per cent, wearing masks. However, they will not be allowed to carry standing passengers.

Addressing the issue of students returning to school, the Health Minister said when the Ministry of Education [Technological and Vocational Training] settled on this, his Ministry would discuss an agreed timetable for the safe return of community-based events, including sporting events. This, he added, was expected to be done in a few weeks time.

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