Barbados’ COVID-19 curfew will be suspended for two hours in early 2022.
Latest COVID-19 curfew directive – Emergency Management Directive (COVID-19) (Curfew) (# 24), 2021 – published on Saturday, states that no curfew will be in place from December 31, 2021 at midnight until January 1, 2022 at 2 a.m.
This follows an easing of restrictions from midnight on Christmas Eve to 5 a.m. on Christmas Day. All other days, the curfew will remain in place from midnight to 5 a.m.
The usual exceptions remain in place, including special requests to the CVID-19 Monitoring Unit and the Attorney General’s office.
However, there are also provisions for “anyone who wishes to host an event at which members of the public can be entertained for remuneration, directly or indirectly”, through the Monitoring Unit and the National Foundation of Culture. These authorities will approve the place as well as the number of patrons.
These conditions will be in place:
- all service providers, staff and artists must provide proof that they are fully immunized;
- and to have had a rapid antigen administered no more than 24 hours before seeking to enter the site of the occurrence and that the result of this test was negative;
- all clients must provide proof that they are fully immunized;
- or have undergone a Rapid Antigen test no more than 24 hours before seeking to enter the scene of the event and the result of this test was negative;
- and the duration of the event must not exceed 3 hours when the event takes place in a covered place.
“For the purposes of this directive, a person shall be fully vaccinated if that person has completed, at least 14 days or more before seeking to enter or remain within an occurrence site, a full regimen of COVID-19 vaccinations approved by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, ”explained the directive.
In addition to the above, where “at least 70% of those present are fully vaccinated, the host, staff and those attending the event can remain on site without having to wear face masks”, but masks should be worn if the vaccination rate falls below this number.
Conditions remain in place for operators of bars, restaurants, rum shops, churches, cinemas, funerals and weddings.
During this time, all indoor, contact, and team sports – including training sessions – are prohibited, but non-contact outdoor sports activities are permitted.
Those who wish to organize sports competitions organized outside can do so “only with the prior authorization of the Unit”. The following protocols apply:
- all participants, coaches and support staff should be fully immunized
- and submit a rapid negative antigen test administered no more than 24 hours before seeking entry to the site of the occurrence; and
- all spectators must be fully vaccinated or submit a rapid negative antigen test administered one day before entering the event site and must wear face masks. (PR / SAT)