…Govt offices revert to rotation of employees
…non-essential travel to Regions 1, 9 restricted
Government has taken a decision to extend the National Covid-19 Measures for the month of November and has eased the curfew hours which are now 22:30h (10:30 pm) to 04:00h (4 am). Published in the official gazette, the measures will take effect from November 1, and last until November 30 – unless earlier terminated, extended or amended by notice of the Minister of Health after an assessment of the prevailing public health conditions.
These emergency measures are made pursuant to paragraphs (1) and (2)(b) of the Direction by the President, given under the Public Health Ordinance, Cap 145, and published in the Gazette, Legal Supplement – B, 16th March 2020.
The Government concluded that it made a rapid assessment of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and found that it was fragmented and incapable of administering the public health, economic and social measures needed to keep the population safe. The Order noted that the current measures are extended to allow for further assessments and consultations to develop updated protocols to aid in the combatting of the COVID-19 spread.
Non-essential travel into or out of Regions One (Barima-Waini) and Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) is restricted, and travel shall only be permitted where it is connected to essential travel.
The special measures for these regions state that gatherings shall not exceed five persons and the physical distance of six feet must apply to all these gatherings. Where the Health Ministry considers necessary, any person may be tested for coronavirus or isolated. Regions Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) and Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) have been removed from the special measures category.
Gyms are to be opened for only 50 per cent of the building’s capacity and by appointments. Physical exercises shall be allowed only in parks, roadways, beaches, rivers and seawalls while maintaining social distancing.
The restriction to home continues, where persons shall remain in the confines of their house or yard space. No one is permitted to host or attend a cinema except for drive-in movies; private party, banquet hall, bar, public swimming pool or water park, wake or vigil, spa, club, meeting fraternity or any other social activity.
No person shall visit any place of quarantine or isolation facility, prison, patient in a hospital, nursing home, or other care facility. If it is not a COVID-19 patient, the hospital can grant permission on a case-by-case basis.
Meanwhile, for religious services, the attendance is restricted to 25 per cent of the building’s capacity and where there are multiple services, there should be no less than 45 minutes between each to allow for sanitising. All measures and guidelines must be followed.
Meanwhile, all persons employed within the Public Service, a semi-autonomous agency, statutory body or State-owned enterprise shall work on rotation.
Sporting events permitted
Sporting events are permitted subject to the approval of the Health Minister and compliance with requisite guidelines.
From 04:00h to 21:30h, stakeholders will be able to access services at banks, markets, supermarkets, grocery shops, gas stations, postal or shipping services, beauty salons, barbershops, hardware stores, clothing or stores; or other maintenance services.
Outdoor dining at a restaurant shall only be permitted between these hours, with tables six feet apart and a maximum of four persons that are three feet apart per table. Food services are still permitted to conduct delivery and curbside pickup.
Persons are still required to wear a mask, covering the nose and mouth, when in public. Both private and the public sector will have their staff on rotation while those in the health sector will be subjected to priority treatment.
Failure to comply with the mandatory mask requirement would make persons liable under Section 152 of the Public Health Ordinance.