Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley has again been asked to defend the government’s recent extension of the SOE. The PM defended why the 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew needs to remain in place, as the country enters another three months of a State of Emergency as of midnight tonight.
The Prime Minister was discussing the burning issue during an interview on MultiCultural Television with former Planning and Development Minister Dr. Bhoe Tewarie. Dr Tewarie asked the PM directly: ‘What was “so special” about the 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew to prevent gatherings at night, when during the day there is interaction and movement of both vaccinated and unvaccinated people?’
Dr. Rowley responded: “It is not that the night is more infectious than the day. It is that we accept that even with the risk of the virus, we have to come out in the daytime to do the things that people do. You would have seen the among of calls for the opening up of this and the opening up of that so that people, largely in the daytime, will go and do these things for their livelihood,” Rowley also said: “Bear in mind that to have a 9 p.m. curfew, people stop moving around or going to places that they would otherwise have gone around 6 or 7 o’clock, to be able to be compliant with the 9 o’clock curfew, So we do that, giving up the things that we would do at night to be able to do the things we have to do in the daytime.”
Dr Rowley added: “So yes we are taking away some things, but we are giving you that golden opportunity, that very golden opportunity, to try and survive in a pandemic,”.