Grenada entered another phase of the fight against Covid-19. After the early decision to close our borders in March and successfully managing to control the pandemic on our shores, Grenada has now reopened its borders to regional and international visitors. Although carefully considered, the decision brings with it, the risk of importing the virus.
During his address to the nation, Grenada’s Prime Minister, Keith Mitchell used the current situation in Trinidad and Tobago as an example as to what reckless behaviour around COVID-19 can cause.
He said “Sisters and brothers, this is not a joke, look at what is now happening in neighbouring Trinidad and Tobago, 10 people have died, 48 cases of Covid-19 were discovered from batch testing recently. The number of positive cases since the start of the virus in March is close to 500. The country is now virtually shut down by its announcements, again. Beaches and rivers are closed, all places of worship, all gyms and cinemas are closed, all contact sports have ceased.”
“Authorised gatherings of people outside of homes will not be more than five. Schools will be shut down for the rest of the year, and action will be taken against people who insist on not wearing masks in public. This is something I am very concerned about. Everywhere I go, I see people wearing no mask. Even in my own constituency, I have seen it. Sisters and brothers, can we really afford to go back to the stage where our freedom is restricted because of our own irresponsible actions?”
Mitchell warned citizens against ‘Carnival like activities and Jab Jab on the country’s then cancelled Carnival Monday and Tuesday (August 10/11) – however citizens were still engaging in activities throughout the island.
National Address by Dr the Right Honourable Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister, Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique
Posted by NOW Grenada on Monday, August 17, 2020