Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley has announced a plan for a further reopening of the economy, saying the intention is to gradually put as many people back to work as possible.
Speaking after a meeting of the social partnership Miss Mottley disclosed that as of Monday 18th May more businesses will be able to open including bookstores, flower shops, home furnishings, appliance retailers, hairdressers, barbershops, air conditioning, other repair and maintenance operations, and restaurants for drive-thru.
In addition, from next Wednesday it will allow housekeepers and home helpers to work.
Churches and funerals will be allowed to accommodate at least 20 people and perhaps more based on building size.
Contactless sports will be allowed with social distancing, beaches will be open from 6 am to 9 am and from 4 pm to 6 pm, but there will be no opening of workout gyms, no cricket or football or opening of night clubs and gaming arcades but these may be considered for the next stage.
The curfew remains 8pm to 5 am and the alphabet system remains.
However, people may shop at supermarkets any time throughout the day on their designated day.
Miss Mottley earlier announced a plan to cut costs in the public sector in the face of a possible $450m reduction in revenues and said discussions would have to take place on the options.
She also disclosed that the National Insurance Scheme has received more than 36,000 unemployment claims representing 26% of the workforce, which indicates the unemployment rate could be approaching 30% of the 140,000 strong workforce.
She acknowledged that the private sector has asked workers to take pay cuts of up to 50 percent.
The PM also disclosed that of work tour coaches and taxis are to be incorporated into the public transport system.