Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has justified the SoE extension and the retention of the curfew.
Dr Rowley reportedly told Guardian media that the measures were necessary to reduce movement and congregating, which could trigger a third wave of the COVID-19 virus.
He added that this approach is the most prudent in anticipation of the possibility and likelihood of facing a possible Delta virus challenge.
Dr Rowley said the curfew would also suppress the anticipated “freedom partying” which he claimed will be sure to follow any removal of the restrictions.
The Prime Minister Dr Rowley maintained that the extended curfew coupled with continued vaccinations would give the country the best chance to support and sustain the gains made in the fight against COVID.