Businesses not yet cleared to operate are being told to start getting ready to reopen.
A media release from the Ministry of Health on Thursday advised these establishments that they are now “allowed to begin putting social distancing requirements and health protocols in place in time for re-opening on Sunday, May 10”.
That date is also earmarked for an extension of the current curfew by six more hours. The new curfew will run during nighttime hours from 7 pm to 6 am for 14 days.
The release, in the meantime, said Cabinet approved for these businesses to start making preparation recently, adding that the approval was done in accordance with the Curfew (No.15) Order, 2020, whose purpose is to control, suppress or prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus locally.
“As businesses prepare to be inspected by the Environmental Health Division and the Social Distancing Task Force, owners are reminded that they are to remain closed to the public until they are given the approval to do so by the authorities,” the release further said.
In the meantime, the list of businesses currently approved to operate comprises the following
- Fishers and Farmers
- Fuel Stations
- Ferries for inter-island transportation only
- Busses and Taxis with limited passengers
- Construction companies, building and concrete supplies businesses
- Home delivery services
- Insurance and Financial Services that cannot be carried out remotely
- Office supplies and equipment and electronic stores
- Automotive parts and repairs
- Manufacturers of hand sanitizers and personal protective equipment (PPEs)
- Water and ice production and deliveries
- Emergency household and business repairs as approved
- Medical Establishments
- Legal Establishments
- Telecommunication companies
- Hardware stores
- Commercial and household supplies and appliances
- Restaurants for delivery and take out
- Beauty products supply stores
- Courier Stores and Freight Agents
- Veterinarian practices
- Printing, graphics and signage supplies
- Flower Shops
- Real Estate Agents
- Department and Clothing stores
- Marine stores and Boatyard operations
- Churches and places of worship
- Funeral homes
- Sanitisation, insect, mould and bug control companies.
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