Small committee set up to review exemption process

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Small committee set up to review exemption process

In one week, a decision will be made concerning the re-entry of nationals to the country, minus the need for exemptions.

At Saturday’s media briefing, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley announced that a small committee, consisting of the Minister of National Security, the Minister of Health and the Attorney General, has been set up to look at opening the borders to nationals without the need for applying for an exemption.

Dr Rowley said: “That committee’s work is to try to get us to remove the exemption system and to allow persons to come home as flights are available.”

“The reason I am able to think like that and go down that route is because I am now satisfied that we can monitor persons coming in by using an identification of persons who can come home and quarantine at home.”

The committee will meet and report to the country in a week on how the new system will work.

As it currently stands, exemptions have to be made for all returning nationals and upon their return, they have to undergo state quarantine either supervised or at hospital for a period of time.

However, the Prime Minister said that depending on where the returnee is coming from the Chief Medical Officer will determine whether they are allowed to quarantine.

He also said there is technology that allows medical staff to monitor patients even though they are at home, and it will be used so as to not overwhelm the health care system.