Barbados has moved toward a 24-hour curfew as of Friday 4th April, 2020 at 5pm.
Acting Prime Minister Santia Bradshaw made the announcement last evening.
Bradshaw said “You can only be on the road to go to the pharmacy, to seek medical assistance or if you are part of any of the essential services, or if you are doing business with any of the businesses that are exempt.”
“Therefore as of 5 p.m., on April 3rd) all supermarkets and mini marts shall remain closed until further notice,” Bradshaw declared
She added that Government was in discussion with supermarket owners to see how they can offer consumers a form of electronic commerce that will allow them to grocery orders online.
The Acting Prime Minister, however, noted that village shops will remain open during the period but the sale of alcohol is prohibited and no more than three people will be allowed to congregate at the shop.
The Power Breakfast show on Power 102.1fm spoke exclusively with Soca songstress, Alison Hinds who said that citizens in Barbados have begun ‘panic buying’ when the announcement was made.
Hinds also said that pharmacies, supermarkets, liquor marts and beaches will be closed – however emergency facilities and banking institutions will remain open.
Automarts at gas stations will only be open for the sale of top-ups. However, stations will remain open to the public.
Bakeries and bread depots will remain open.
She said that the Government made such a drastic move in an effort to curb COVID-19 as citizens did not adhere to ‘social distancing’ measures.
Barbados as of April 4th have recorded 46 positive cases with no deaths.
Press Play for more on the interview with Alison Hinds on Power 102.1fm
Below is a video submitted showing the situation in Barbados when the 24hr curfew was announced.