More businesses allowed to operate on Sundays

More businesses allowed to operate on Sundays

Supermarkets, minimarts, village shops will be allowed to reopen on Sundays starting June 13th.

This was announced by Home Affairs Minister Wilfred Abrahams during this evening’s covid-19 news conference. The new directive goes into effect on June 8th.

Key Points

  • Current directive (No. 10) expires on Monday June 7
  • New directive (no. 11) runs until June 29
  • Auto-marts allowed resume full service on Sundays
  • Spectator-less sports allowed to resume subject to protocols
  • Competitive sports, including horse racing, can resume subject to receiving permission from Covid-19 Monitoring Unit
  • Details for Crop Over not disclosed as yet

With the first cruise ship for the year set to arrive in Barbados on Monday, Minster of Tourism, Senator Lisa Cummins stressed strict protocols will be enforced.

Key points 

  • Celebrity Millennium to arrive at the Port on Monday,11 a.m.
  • 630 people on cruise ship
  • All passengers required to have a negative PCR test three days prior to arrival
  • Everyone on ship fully vaccinated.
  • Cruise ships allowed 50 per cent capacity only
  • For the summer months, “softer” than usual …not a lot of traffic out of the UK
  • Canada will resume flights Caribbean later this month
  • US demand is extremely strong
  • Full flights from the US
  • Bubble tours on island

The Minister of Health Lieutenant Colonel Jeffery Bostic said the country continues to do well in reducing the spread of COVID-19.

He however disclosed a new case at a secondary school.

Key points

  • Positivity rate lowest 0.5 per cent during the last week of May.
  • Cumulative incidents target 25 per 100 000
  • Last two weeks of May 20 cases per 100 000
  • 1 new  case, non-Barbadian in-transit
  • Family cluster of 3 at The Lester Vaughan School.
  • Concern about  groups of 30 to 40 people congregating at bus stops not wearing masks and not physical distancing
  • There is still community spread, while not wide spread
  • Barbados still awaiting vaccines from the COVAX facility,
  •  China agreed to donate some vaccines to Barbados
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