Below is a letter to Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley sent this morning by Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne.
I was deeply troubled to learn of recent events in Barbados that have caused a sudden surge in the number of COVID-19 cases, despite all the diligence and careful protocols that your government implemented to ensure that the virus did not spread in the community.
I know that your health authorities and law enforcement agencies have acted swiftly to address the problem and I am confident that, with the support of the Barbadian people, the situation will be brought under control and new measures introduced to stop a recurrence.
Apart from expressing my solidarity with you, the purpose of this letter is to advise that, while our border authorities will continue rigid adherence to our protocols for entry into Antigua and Barbuda, we will not be prohibiting travel from and to Barbados.
Further, I want to assure you of my Government’s readiness to be of any help that we are capable of giving to the Government and people of Barbados at this difficult time. Barbados is not alone.
With kind regards.
Gaston Browne M.P.