New curfew hours take effect on Oct. 15

The Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda has decided:

Curfew hours will be from 11pm to 5am effective 15th October, 2021.

Prime Minister Gaston Browne says Antigua and Barbuda will be entering 2022 with most, if not all of the measures put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, removed, whether or not a significant number of people has been vaccinated.

“I want to make a point here, too, that we are moving towards dropping the state of emergency, the curfews and so on and eliminate most of the restrictions as we can by the end of the year, the latest.

“Now, lest say if we only get 60 per cent of the population vaccinated, or 70 per cent and we decide to drop those restrictions, it means therefore that individuals would come exposed to those unvaccinated persons,” Browne said.

He said that nationals were given sufficient time to get vaccinated to curb the spread of the virus that has so far killed 85 people and infected 3, 503 others since March last year.

“We are not going to go into 2022 limping and creating more stress and strain for the economy. The economy cannot take any more stress, cannot take any more strain and those who may want to suggest that it may be irresponsible for us to do so, well, you know what, our people would have had several months to get vaccinated.

“So, by then, whoever is not vaccinated by then would have taken a conscious decision not to get vaccinated and if the unfortunate happens and they get ill, or they die that’s the choice they would have made,” Browne said.

Last week, Information Minister Melford Nicholas, said that public sector employees who would have contracted COVID-19 and are in the early stages of recovery will be considered ‘medically exempt’ from the Government’s mandatory vaccination policy.