Acting Prime Minister Santia Bradshaw has announced a major tightening of the COVID-19 emergency measures with a 24-hour curfew going into effect tomorrow.

It prohibits people from leaving home unless they are part of the essential services or they are going to the pharmacy or to seek medical attention.

This as Barbados records one more case of COVID-19 taking the total here to 46.

Ms. Bradshaw made the announcement in a post-cabinet news briefing this afternoon.

The acting Prime Minister said village shops can remain open but no more than three people can congregate and the sale of alcohol is banned.

She also announced all restaurants will be closed until midnight on the 14th of April, automarts at gas stations will only open for top ups but gas stations remain open for refuelling, primarily to facilitate people working in the essential services.

Bread depots and bakeries can remain open but all government departments will remain closed, except those  notified to be at work.

The acting Prime Minister served notice there may be further changes if necessary.

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