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BARBADOS IMPOSED NEW COVID RESTRICTIONS AHEAD OF EASTER

The government of Barbados has imposed restrictions for the upcoming Easter public holidays in an attempt to stymie the spread of COVID-19, but the curfew will be reduced by an hour from Monday.

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Under the new emergency management directive announced on Saturday, from Sunday to April 11 the curfew will run from 9pm to 5am, instead of ending at 6am.

Sundays remain closed to commercial activity and no one is to be out and about unless they are performing an essential service or have an emergency, including on Easter Sunday, April 4.

Additionally, on Good Friday, April 2 and Easter Monday, April 5, no one will be permitted to leave home between 5am and 9pm.

During the Easter Weekend, the exceptions on Sundays are bakeries for the baking of bread only between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., cleaning services, farms from 6am to 6pm, gas stations for the sale of fuel and mobile phone top-ups between 7am and 5pm, as well as fuel distributors, hotels and accommodation, pharmacies and tyre repair shops.

Churches must have no more than 75 people in-house and 25 for funerals, while weddings are permitted up to 20 guests.

Those businesses allowed to open from Monday through Saturday but must close by 6pm on those days.

However, bars, gyms, dance and yoga studios, dojos and nightclubs remain closed. Pleasure craft and private boat charters, picnics, parties, banquets, bus crawls, limes and karaoke are also still prohibited.

Non-contact sports are allowed with the exception of squash and table tennis and no team sports are permitted.

Fast food restaurants can operate between Monday and Saturday for drive-thru or pick-up only. In-house dining can continue at restaurants, but with bars closed, alcoholic beverages can only be served with food. Physical distancing is to be maintained in these places.

As currently pertains, beaches are open for exercise from 6am to 9pm and 3pm to 6pm and parks from 6am to 6pm, but no more than two persons shall exercise together, in which case there shall be a physical distance of at least six feet between them unless they are members of the same household.

Barbadians have been warned that any person who contravenes the directives or fails to comply with the conditions is guilty of an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of BDS$50,000 (US$25,000) or to imprisonment for a term of one year or to both.

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