Restaurants closed, stay home COVID plan extended

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley yesterday announced longer, tighter COVID-19 “lockdown” measures to keep the public from possible exposure.

Starting this morning, the “Stay-at-Home” mandate has been extended to April 30, including for schools, curtailed operating hours for non-essential businesses and there’s now complete closure of food places.

This as Government’s COVID-19 battle moved to the level of seeking to curtail community spread.

In announcing the extension and changes at yesterday’s daily COVID-19 media briefing, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley explained, “We’re removing people from having to come out to get things and taking steps to put more people indoors until April 30. This is how we’re aiming not to walk the road others have walked as they missed this milestone.”

The first “Stay Home” mandate was up to April 15. But Rowley yesterday said when he last spoke on COVID measures he’d hinted Government would have evaluated the position going forward and make necessary adjustments as required.

He added, “…Clearly, we’re not going to be in a position on April 15 to be able to tell the public you can come out and return to some resemblance of normalcy. It’s the other way around. We expect by April 15, it’s quite likely, certainly possible, we may be in a worse situation than we were on the first of the 15 days of staying home.”

Top of his announcement—effective from yesterday—he recommended people wear masks covering their mouths and nostrils, where the virus can enter. Government will be distributing masks to the public soon. The Opposition on Sunday said it’s having masks made for those who don’t have.

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