While the law makes a distinction between the ability to police public versus private spaces, the Covid-19 virus does not.
That’s according to epidemiologist Dr Avery Hinds, as he spoke during today’s Ministry of Health press briefing.
Speaking on the topic of the Covid-19 risks patrons at two large events this weekend would have exposed themselves to – namely the zesser party at Kelly Village and a large wedding in Valsayn, Dr Hinds said: “There is no distinction between one type of gathering and another with regard to the Covid-19 risk; the virus does not discriminate between one setting and another if protocols are not followed to prevent the transmission of illness. Those protocols including the reduction of gatherings to below ten, the physical spacing.”
Dr Hinds explained that every singular person presents their own web of exposure. This means that when too many of these webs converge in any space, the risk increases exponentially.
“The general concern remains that if any group of individuals in any space, public or private, chooses to gather in numbers that exceed the recommendations, continue to have events or gatherings or to have a situation where people are not physically distancing, where there are more people than there should be in a given space, where people aren’t wearing masks because of whatever activity they are engaged in; all of these factors are concerns,” he said.
He asked that people not take chances with their own health and the health of those they come into contact with.