Government has decided that the extension of the 24-hour lockdown will last for seven consecutive days.
Just before midnight on Saturday, Premier Andrew Fahie announced during a live public broadcast that the extended curfew will run from 6 am on Sunday, April 19 to Saturday, April 25.
“This is important to containing any spread of the virus and to allow the health officials the time they need to do thorough contact tracing,” Premier Fahie said while urging residents to ‘keep their minds open to any possibility’.
During these seven days, gas stations will only be open to serving essential workers. Premier Fahie said supermarkets, pharmacies, cooking gas suppliers, and water-delivery services will also be open but only for making deliveries.
He underscored that only approved supermarkets will be permitted to offer these delivers.
“Cabinet agreed that the delivery of provisions will be prioritised for seniors and vulnerable [residents] … All other businesses not specified above are to be closed for the duration of the extended curfew period,” Fahie said.
As for more vulnerable residents experiencing hardships, the Premier said government will be financing home deliveries of basic food packages.
He said Cabinet will be meeting tomorrow to finalise the logistics surrounding home deliveries of food and medication.
In the meantime, government is yet to give an update on the near-two dozen samples that have been sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency in Trinidad for COVID-19 testing.
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