Barbados has expanded the hours for its curfew because of its corona virus spread, which began on Saturday.
The new curfew hours are 9pm to 5am from Monday through Saturday and from 6pm to 5am on Sunday. The curfew had been 11pm to 5am.
“These hours will be in effect for two weeks, but may be extended to four weeks if our Covid case numbers don’t go down,” said Barbados prime minister Mia Mottley during a televised address on Thursday.
Indoor dining is prohibited at fast food restaurants. Mottley urged residents and visitors to go for “early suppers” at all restaurants to comply with the curfew.
Barbados has set up a number of community vaccine stations throughout the island to facilitate access to vaccinations for those unable to reach the main sites in Bridgetown and elsewhere.
“We don’t need to lock down if we can slow down and vaccinate, and that is absolutely, absolutely critical,” the PM said. “All persons must wear a mask above their nose and below the chin. This does not come with a penalty but as a reminder to persons that Covid and the delta variant are nothing to play with.”
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