On Friday last, the measures for the Emergency COVID-19 Measures were updated in the Official Gazzette. This move was previously announced by President Irfaan Ali at a press conference on Wednesday. “The curfew, based on all the advice I have received, and the task force would have debated and deliberated, there is no need for the adjustment of the curfew,” he said. The curfew timings remains the same.
However, on Wednesday also, Pan American Health Organization Director Dr. Carissa Etienne advised that countries should enforce strengthen guidelines as COVID-19 cases continue to tackle the Americas and the Caribbean.
The PAHO Director acknowledged leaders in the Americas who have already started to enforce lockdowns and stricter curfews. She said, “It’s no surprise, then, that many countries in our region have tightened public health measures by extending curfews, limiting reopening, and imposing new stay-at-home orders.”
There are 62 million-plus cases in the Americas with more than 1.5 million reported deaths. “These decisions are never easy, but based on how infections are surging, this is exactly what needs to happen. We know these measures work, and I commend leaders across our region for putting health first,” Dr. Etienne alluded.
In the latest COVID-19 measures, there aren’t many changes from the previous gazetted order in April, however, casinos or betting shops are allowed to operate only at 40 percent capacity of the building.
The COVID-19 Emergency Measures also states that no person shall host, attend or visit a cinema, except a drive-in cinema; a private party; a banquet, ball or reception; a public hotel, swimming pool or waterpark; a wake or vigil; a club or discotheque; a meeting of any fraternal society, private or social club or civic association or organisation; or, any other social activity.
Gyms and fitness centres, restaurants and bars, and places of worship are allowed to operate at a limited capacity, once all health and safety guidelines are in place. In the updated measures, as stated in prior measures.
Also, like April’s measures, the Lethem Crossing (at the Takutu Bridge) will remain closed, except on Thursdays, where the crossing of essential goods and supplies is permitted. Flights to and from Brazil are strictly prohibited. The Moleson Creek crossing shall be allowed to operate three days per week, as determined by the Ministry of Public Works.
Face Masks are also required to be worn in workplaces.