Filter for Barbados Government Actions to Stop the Spread of Coronavirus

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2020-07-12 Out Movement restrictions: Border closure 
The borders will officially reopen effective July 12, 2020
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2020-07-12 Out Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
effective July 12, 2020. Resumptions of commercial flights are scheduled to begin
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2020-07-12 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
A mandatory 14-day quarantine for all persons entering Barbados. Passengers arriving from countries considered low-risk for COVID-19 cases are allowed to home quarantine.
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2020-07-12 In Public health measures: Health screenings in airports and border crossings
The Government of Barbados is conducting thermal screening at airports and seaports.
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2020-07-12 In Movement restrictions: Additional health/documents requirements upon arrival
All travelers must have proof of a negative COVID test withing 72 hours of travel (up to a week for low-risk CARICOM countries).
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2020-07-01 Out Movement restrictions: Curfews
Effective July 1, all curfew restrictions will be lifted.
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2020-07-01 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
The social gathering limit of persons will increase from 250 to 500, effective on July 1. and Effective July 1, social distancing measures is 1 meter (approx. 3 feet).
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2020-07-01 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Barbados’ COVID-19 surveillance has been further strengthened with the donation of three full-body thermal imaging scanners to Government, by Sagicor Life Inc. One scanner has been installed at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) and the other two at the Grantley Adams International Airport.
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2020-06-15 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
As of Monday, June 15 beaches and parks will no longer have limited hours.
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2020-05-28 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
Barbadian authorities have extended an ongoing curfew through Sunday, May 31
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2020-05-28 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Under the curfew (through may 31), residents are restricted to shopping in supermarkets, fish markets, hardware stores, and banks between certain times on specific days based on the first letter of their surname
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2020-05-28 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
International air travel remains suspended, with the current restriction scheduled to remain in place until June 30. The government also stated that a further extension of this measure can not be ruled out.
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2020-05-28 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
During curfew (through may 31) all other nonessential businesses will remain closed
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2020-05-22 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
Tourism Task Force Launched
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2020-05-21 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
COVID-19 Protocol Developed On Public Service Cleaning
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2020-05-18 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
funerals, weddings, church gatherings increased from 10 to 20 persons allowed; beaches allowed to open 6-9 am and 4-6:30 pm, parks still closed; fine of $50,000 or imprisonment for one year
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2020-05-18 Out Lockdown: Partial lockdown
Hair dressing salons, barber shops, furnishing stores and restaurants are among a suite of additional businesses given the greenlight to reopen their doors from Monday, May 18.
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2020-05-10 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
Barbados National Standards Institution (BNSI) is implementing what we call a Safe Business Certification Mark to certify businesses as ’healthy and safe’
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2020-05-07 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
All delivery persons must wear a face mask at the point of delivery.
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2020-05-07 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
COVID-19 Protocols For Food Service Establishments
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2020-05-06 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
Visits by the public to geriatric facilities and the Psychiatric Hospital will continue to be suspended, until further notice.
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2020-05-05 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
registration departmnet of judicial/supreme court complex to open with restrictions; The Barbados Immigration Department will recommence operations from tomorrow, Monday, May 4, from 9.00 a.m. until 2.00 p.m.
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2020-05-05 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
All persons entering the Supreme Court Complex and magistrates’ courts are required to wear face masks at all times. Persons visiting the immigration department are required to wear masks, whether disposable or cloth, and the requirement of physical distancing of remaining at least six feet apart must be observed.
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2020-05-04 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
places of religious worship only allowed to be open for funerals, weddings, streaming of religious services with only 10 peoiple present in person; parks remain closed, beaches can open 06:00 -09:00 and can only attend with members of same household; excercise groups not to exceed 3 people of different households; public transport limited to 60% capacity; no two passengers to sit side by side; sale of alcohol can resume but still cannot be consumed on premises
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2020-05-04 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
curfew resumes May 4-17 from 20:00 to 05:00; continue alphabet system used to limit number of people who will access certain places each day; i.e. first letter of surname associated with assigned days to leave your residence
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2020-05-04 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
users of public transport (drivers, conductors, passengers) must wear face masks
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2020-05-04 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
partial staffing of some government offices to resume
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2020-04-30 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Port Resumes Delivery Of All Commercial Cargo
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2020-04-30 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
$200 Million COVID-19 Recovery Fund For Tourism; being established as part of Government’s $2 billion economic stimulus plan; A $20 million Small Business Wage Fund is set to be established as a means to facilitate micro and small enterprises to help them cope with the challenges of the COVID-19 environment.
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2020-04-29 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
launch of a one-time Business Cessation Benefit for the self-employed that would see them receiving $1500 per month for April and May.
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2020-04-24 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
The Rotary Club of Barbados South donated 600 masks to the Ministry of Health and Wellness on Wednesday, April 22 to be used by frontline workers in the Royal Barbados Police Force.
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2020-04-24 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
World Safety & Health Day At Work 2020
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2020-04-24 In Socio-economic measures: State of emergency declared
by unanimous support in the House of Assembly, agreed to extend the State of Emergency in Barbados until the 30th of June.
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2020-04-23 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
To further isolate vulnerable patients and staff from potential exposure to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Queen Elizabeth Hospital has established a Clinical Decision Unit (CDU) at Jemmotts Lane, St. Michael.
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2020-04-23 In Public health measures: Testing policy
Revision To Referral Guidelines For COVID-19 Testing. Medical practitioners on the island have been advised to refer all clients displaying the following symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 to be considered for testing: Fever Respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) Fatigue Anosmia (loss of smell) Ageusia (loss of taste) and gastrointestinal complaints (anorexia, nausea, diarrhoea, abdominal pain).
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2020-04-22 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
Barbados has united with 144 United Nations (UN) Member States and Observers to end domestic violence, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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2020-04-22 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
QEH Pharmacy Launches Delivery Service
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2020-04-21 In Public health measures: Testing policy
there will be an increase in persons being tested for COVID-19 shortly to ensure there is no community transmission
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2020-04-21 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
PAHO/WHO Donates COVID-19 Test Kits & Equipment
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2020-04-21 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Virtual Classroom For Public Officers
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2020-04-21 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
permission for computer stores to reopen to facilitate online shopping.
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2020-04-20 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
parents of newborns reminded that they have up to one year to register babies without penalty, only stillbirths and those that have to seek urgent medical attention overseas should be registered at this time. The registration of deaths will continue, and only death certificates for recent deaths will be processed. Also, only persons seeking marriage certificates to facilitate urgent travel documents for medical reasons will be processed at this time.
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2020-04-19 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
No NIFCA Or Crop Over Festival For 2020
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2020-04-19 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Medical Field Hospital Set Up As Respiratory Facility
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2020-04-19 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
The Barbados Private Sector Association has donated 40 smart phones to the Ministry of Health and Wellness to help facilitate ease of communication between those on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response.
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2020-04-18 In Social distancing: Changes in prison-related policies
all prison officers temperature tested and hand sanitized on entry through the Prison gates. any officer entering any unit housing is again tested and hand sanitized.all prisoners, both male and female, now entering the prison for the first time are interviewed and questioned as to their present health status, screened and tested for temperature. They are then placed in an isolated area, separate and apart from those who are already incarcerated. They are thereafter periodically tested by public health personnel for the next 14 days before being allowed entry to the general prison quarters
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2020-04-16 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Airport Post Office Reopened; New Protocols In Place: Postmaster General has outlined safety measures which must be undertaken by all persons transacting business at post offices across the island. They will be required to sanitize their hands on entering the post offices and must wear a cloth mask to cover the mouth and nose.
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2020-04-15 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Financial Institutions To Reopen From April 15
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2020-04-15 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Produce Vendors To Be Back In Business Soon; Vendors will also be required to prepackage produce for sale; wear masks and gloves; have hand sanitizer and ensure the cleanliness of the work areas. Additionally, they have been advised to deal with one customer at a time, so as to prevent crowding.
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2020-04-15 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
Ministry Offering Counselling Services For Students
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2020-04-15 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
Groceries To Be Packed In Plastic Bags At This Time
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2020-04-14 Out Socio-economic measures: Limit product imports/exports
essential cargo deliveries will be done through an appointment system at the Bridgetown Port, between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
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2020-04-14 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
GSuite App will be administered across the public school system for onliuen schooling from April 14th
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2020-04-13 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
Specially Designated shopping Days For Seniors & Disabled
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2020-04-12 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
extended to May 3. Government will be putting measures in place to facilitate fruit and vegetable vendors during the curfew period
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2020-04-11 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
Shopping schedule for supermarkets, fish markets, hardware stores and banks during the COVID – 19 curfew
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2020-04-11 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Welfare Department has issued more than 1500 food vouchers to the poor and vulnerable in Barbados over the last three weeks.
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2020-04-11 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
Jobs and Investment Council is to be established in Barbados
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2020-04-09 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
Barbados Vulnerable Family Survival Programme to ensure those families who lost all their income due to COVID-19 are still able to put food on their tables during this pandemic.
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2020-04-08 In Movement restrictions: Surveillance and monitoring
The Ministry of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs is appealing to persons requesting caregiver passes to restrict the number of requests for passes to care for a single person.
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2020-04-08 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
The Ministry of Health and Wellness has issued a call for all persons who arrived in Barbados from the United States or the United Kingdom between March 15 and 22 to contact the Ministry.
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2020-04-08 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
Agricultural Produce To Be Sold By Order Only
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2020-04-07 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
to insure adequate access to food supplies: no in-supermarket shopping. Supermarkets and shops will be open on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday during this week.; Orders will be taken by the individual participating supermarkets via websites, telephone call-in, WhatsApp or email; Payment for these orders will be accepted through cash, debit or credit cards.; All persons ordering groceries in this manner will have the option of collecting their groceries in person, through curbside vehicle pickup, or home delivery.; Shoppers who choose to pick up their orders in person will be given specific collection times to reduce the risk of large gatherings that would contravene the requirement for physical distancing.
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2020-04-07 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
Those Barbadians who have already obtained adequate food supplies have been asked to "stand down" from grocery shopping now, to allow those in need to capitalize on the new arrangements coming on stream tomorrow.
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2020-04-07 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Supermarkets Expected To Take Welfare & Pension Cheques (if not able to change them at post office for cash due to public service closure and full lockdown)
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2020-04-06 In Movement restrictions: Surveillance and monitoring
Passes for third sector organisations will be electronic and will be sent to the specific person’s cellphone
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2020-04-06 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
new medical facility at Harrison Point, St. Lucy, with 220 beds for the treatment of COVID-19 patients
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2020-04-05 In Movement restrictions: Surveillance and monitoring
Caregivers may now apply for emergency passes to travel during curfew hours at a new and dedicated email address
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2020-04-04 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Request For Volunteers To Assist Public Health Teams
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2020-04-04 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
Ministry of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs encourages anyone who may be a victim of domestic violence during the national shutdown, or knows of anyone who may be abused during this time, to call its 24-hour helpline, 536-HOPE or 536- 4673, for assistance.
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2020-04-04 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
Care Packages Distributed To Vulnerable Groups
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2020-04-03 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
Special Shopping Hours For Healthcare Workers
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2020-04-03 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
pidemiology modelling on COVID-19 to map the potential spread
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2020-04-03 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Masks have been issued to members of the Royal Barbados Police Force, while the Barbados Defence Force will receive masks tomorrow
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2020-04-03 In Social distancing: Changes in prison-related policies
ll visits to Her Majesty’s Prisons Dodds will be suspended, until further notice
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2020-04-03 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
curfew for all nonessential workers from march 28 to april 14 from 6pm to 6 am
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2020-04-03 In Lockdown: Full lockdown
24-hour curfew from 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 3 until further notice
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2020-04-01 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
The Central Bank of Barbados today announced a series of measures to support the domestic banking sector in light of the projected impact of COVID-19 on the economy and the financial system.
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2020-03-30 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Education Ministry Temporarily Ceases Operations
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2020-03-29 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Cuban Nurses On The Way To Help In COVID-19 Fight
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2020-03-29 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
creation of new isolation facility
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2020-03-28 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
increase the number of community water tanks that are installed in rural Barbados and the hard-affected areas immediately.
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2020-03-28 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
All employees of businesses not deemed essential services are asked to work from home over the curfew period Saturday, March 28, to Tuesday, April 14.
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2020-03-28 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
a 40% increase in the rates that are going to be paid by the Welfare Department – the 1,500 most vulnerable families are going to be identified through a scientific process led by the Welfare Department and the Ministry of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs.
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2020-03-27 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
"And those 1,500 families will receive $600 per month to support them in these particular times when the challenges that they may face in terms of their own maintenance may be greater than they can manage," he stated.
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2020-03-27 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
use of courts restrricted to: Applications of Extreme Urgency Applications for Bail and Habeas Corpus.
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2020-03-27 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
FundAccess is working to bring relief to their clients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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2020-03-27 In Social distancing: Changes in prison-related policies
Prison Visits Suspended Until Further Notice
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2020-03-27 In Socio-economic measures: State of emergency declared
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2020-03-26 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
campaign for managing stress/anxiety related to covid
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2020-03-26 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) has set up a help desk to advise the public about the changes in the hospital’s operations, in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic.being manned on a 24-hour basis by personnel who will answer queries specifically related to the new arrangements in place at the hospital (via phone).
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2020-03-26 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Home Helpers Issued With Protective Gear
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2020-03-26 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
curfew in place from Saturday, March 28, until Tuesday, April 14, from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. for all residents, except those who are part of the essential services. Persons are confined to their places of residence during curfew hours; Limited movement during the day; Continue to practise physical distancing of six feet between persons. a fine of $50,000, or one year in prison, or both, for anyone found guilty of breaking the curfew. Applies to businesses (including street vendors) too. Agricultural workers employed in areas which require them to be on the road during restricted hours, must be in possession of an emergency pass.
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2020-03-25 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Offices of the Public Counsel and Supervisor of Insolvency; closure of immigration/passport services except for emergency (no extension of visas being granted); Vocational Training Board’s Offices Closed
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2020-03-25 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
businesses are being asked to give special consideration to clients of the Welfare Department. Government is asking banks, supermarkets and other commercial establishments to honour all Welfare Department cheques that are presented by its clients, even though they will be dated Friday, March 27, 2020.
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2020-03-24 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
safeguards for health of airport workers
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2020-03-24 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
The Ministry of Health and Wellness has advised that all non-urgent polyclinic services have been discontinued.
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2020-03-23 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
elderly helpline established
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2020-03-23 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
The Barbados Drug Service (BDS) has cautioned doctors and pharmacists as well as the general public against irrational prescribing, dispensing and use of pharmaceutical drugs in response to COVID-19.
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2020-03-23 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
immediate suspension of visiting hours at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH). only exceptions for those on palliative/end-of-life; pregnant; others at nurses’ dicsretion
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2020-03-23 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
With immediate effect, public and private pharmacies are dispensing up to two months’ supply of pharmaceutical drugs to the public, subject to availability.
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2020-03-23 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
The Ministry of Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Commerce has advised that a Covid-19 Critical Stock List was tabled by the Ministry last week and agreed upon by the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) at a meeting at the Warrens Office Complex.
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2020-03-23 In Socio-economic measures: Limit product imports/exports
suspension of international mail
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2020-03-23 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
reduced monthly payment/deferral of payment options on student loans
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2020-03-22 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
As of Sunday, 22 March, all visitors arriving from the United States, United Kingdom, and Europe will be subject to a 14-day quarantine. Citizens and residents of Barbados will be subject to a home-quarantine. Failure to comply may result in the offender being placed in mandatory quarantine at a health facility. Disobeying can also result in a maximum fine of $5000.00, or imprisonment of up to 12 months or both.
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2020-03-22 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
Persons arriving in Barbados from USA, UK and Europe will be placed in quarantine for 14 days. Quarantine at home if seem healthy or at facility if not. Iran, China, South Korea, and Italy already on list
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2020-03-22 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Call on retired nurses and doctors, private sector nurses and doctors, anyone else at least somewhat qualified to volunteer (those who had done nursing assitant courses, even retired police officers). Also prepared to bolster health system with addnl. nurses from Ghana
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2020-03-21 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
launch of online personal guide for staying safe and prepared for COVID 19
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2020-03-21 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
$20 million Household Survival Programme consisting of a number of initiatives to assist the vulnerable. 40 per cent in all rates and fees paid by the Welfare Department to its clientele that it services on an annual basis. Another $10 million would be spent on assisting 1,500 vulnerable families, identified by the Welfare Department and the Household Mitigation Unit. She noted that the families would be given $600 monthly. Announced creation of the Barbados Adopt Our Families Programme. Persons who are laid off will immediately have the opportunity to get their unemployment benefits, guaranteeing them 60 per cent of their insurable earnings, up to a limit of 26 weeks. The National Insurance Board has agreed to relax the requirement to visit the employment exchange at Warrens. The National Insurance Board will give those on short weeks 60 per cent of their earnings for those days. For example, if a person is put on a three-day week, then the Board will pay 60 per cent of the wages the person would have earned for the other two days. For those employers who are prepared to retain three quarters of their workforce, even if some on short week, Government will defer their obligation to pay the employer’s contributions for three months, in the first instance, with the preparation to extend it for another three months if the crisis continues beyond that period. There will be a six-month payment moratorium on all existing loans and mortgages for persons and businesses who are directly affected and impacted by COVID-19. Persons must go to their bank and work out those programmes. The commercial banks have also agreed to temporary working capital financing options for corporates and small businesses which are directly impacted by COVID-19. Government will recapitalize the Small Hotel Investment Fund with $20 million to allow small hotels to borrow and blend with other commercial funds so they can refurbish their property during this down period. The interest rate for loans will no longer be five per cent but reduced to 3 1/2 per cent. Government will take $1 million from the Arts and Sports Development Fund to finance a programme dedicated to assisting artists, dancers and musicians create developmental content for Barbadians. The creation of a Jobs, Investment and Business Survival Programme. Government will facilitate businesses to use this pause in activity to upscale and invest so that they can come back stronger. In addition, Government will facilitate and fast track a number of investments where the private sector has the capital and is ready to move on the projects.
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2020-03-21 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
moved to Stage 2 of the National Preparedness Plan for COVID-19 today when Minister of Health and Wellness, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Bostic, announced that the island had recorded its first cases of in-country human to human transmission
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2020-03-21 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
non-essential gatherings are now limited to 25 persons.
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2020-03-20 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley has given strict instructions that no shore leave will be granted to persons on board cruise ships that are homeporting in Barbados (exception for those going directly to airport)
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2020-03-20 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
Ministry of Transport, Works and Maintenance has embarked on a sanitization programme targeting all bus terminals and buses, in accordance with the preferred guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health and Wellness in Barbados.
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2020-03-20 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
Helpline Set Up For The Elderly
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2020-03-20 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
All elective surgeries postponed, only urgent and emergent procedures will be conducted. From 03/18/2020 all out-patient clinics closed
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2020-03-20 In Public health measures: Testing policy
visitors to the hospital will be required to submit to a temperature check and sign in at the main entrance
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2020-03-19 In Public health measures: General recommendations
Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) are advising residents and businesses to be careful in responding to requests for monetary donations to assist those affected by COVID-19.
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2020-03-19 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
PM met with stakeholders for 3+ hours (owners of capital, such as hoteliers, restauranteurs and the business community; captains of industry; public service vehicle operators; trade union officials; as well as members of the credit union and the banking communities) to discuss matters related to COVID 19
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2020-03-19 In Public health measures: General recommendations
elderly persons advised to stay home
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2020-03-19 In Public health measures: General recommendations
recommendations to guard against fraud from PM (fraudulent people seeking to collect money on behalf of the government)
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2020-03-19 In Social distancing: Schools closure 
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2020-03-19 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Public access to the Community Legal Services Commission suite of offices at the Supreme Court Complex will be restricted, with immediate effect.
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2020-03-19 In Social distancing: Changes in prison-related policies
only one person will be allowed on each visit to an inmate either per month or per week, while all children’s visits are cancelled.
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2020-03-19 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Ministry of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs has advised that the Jorris Dunner Elderly Day Care Centre, at Golden Rock, Pine, St. Michael, will be closed to the public, until further notice. Additionally, visits have been temporarily suspended to the following residential facilities: Vauxhall Senior Citizens Village; Lancaster House; and the Clyde Gollop Centre.
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2020-03-19 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Barbadian diplomatic missions across the world will now operate by teleworking, while others have reduced office hours, due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
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2020-03-18 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
A COVID-19 simulation exercise was conducted at the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) on Tuesday. Practiced standard operating procedures (SOPs) for a public health response to communicable diseases
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2020-03-18 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
Nutrition Officer in the National Nutrition Centre, Ministry of Health and Wellness advises on importance of good nutrition
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2020-03-18 In Public health measures: General recommendations
Avoid Taking Ibuprofen For COVID-19 Symptoms
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2020-03-18 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Contact Tracing Has Begun In Barbados after two cases confirmed
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2020-03-17 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
All public educational insituttions closed to facilitate online consultation on COVID 19
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2020-03-17 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
All public gatherings such as sporting and cultural events or any event that attracts crowds will be restricted to 100 persons.
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2020-03-17 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
There will be no data charge for Barbadians who want to access information on the COVID-19 virus online, or access the hotline.
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2020-03-17 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
The Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) advises members of the public that tours to police stations by groups and schools have been suspended, until further notice. Visits to public health care institutions have been suspended, and some facilities closed, as a result of the activation of Stage 1 of the Barbados National COVID-19 Preparedness Plan.
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2020-03-16 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Barbados Fire Service (BFS) will suspend all station tours, until further notice. In addition, all non-essential visits to fire stations, outside of legitimate business transactions, are discouraged.
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2020-03-16 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Public gatherings will be restricted to 100 persons or less as soon as Barbados records its first case of COVID-19.
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2020-03-16 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
water tankers deployed to prevent lack of water access
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2020-03-16 In Public health measures: General recommendations
Vulnerable Groups Urged To Self-Quarantine
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2020-03-14 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
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2020-03-13 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
Registration Dept. & Courts Sensitization Session
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2020-03-11 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
Minister of Health does Facebook livestream to spread updates, awareness, advice
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2020-03-11 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
visits to geriatric and district hospitals restricted
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2020-03-11 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
Establishment of information hotline
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2020-03-11 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
"Government has taken the firm decision that we will undertake countercyclical fiscal policies in order to make sure that if a man or woman cannot work fully within the tourism sector, that there will be other areas of economic activity in the country that we will now trigger or expedite, in order to keep as many people working as possible." Augmentation of resources and additional fiscal space, through the relaxation of fiscal and debt targets
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2020-03-08 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
Anyone who has been in Italy, South Korea, China, or Iran in the last 14 days will be made to quarantine
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2020-03-07 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
Barbados Government today expanded its quarantine protocol to apply to passengers arriving in Barbados from all of Italy.
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2020-03-04 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
With immediate effect, all arriving passengers who have been in Iran, or Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna or Veneto in Italy in the previous 14 days will be required to report to Port Health at the points of entry. These passengers will be interviewed by port health officers and sent to mandatory quarantine. The type of quarantine is determined by the level of risk of exposure. Low-risk individuals, he explained, are sent to home quarantine while moderate to high-risk individuals are sent to mandatory quarantine. Quarantine measures already in place for passengers who have been in Hubei Province in China and South Korea during the previous 14 days.
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2020-03-02 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
Special emergency meeting held with CARICOM (Carribean Community) Heads of Government adopted a protocol drafted by PAHO to deal with COVID-19, which defines roles and responsibilities and seeks to ensure that there is effective communication among stakeholders with respect to decisions. Regional governments adopted a protocol for dealing with COVID-19, which included establishing a sub-committee of Heads of Government which will continue discussions with the cruise industry, regional financial institutions, international financial institutions and the private sector to look at ways of providing resources for capacity to deal with any possible outbreak
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2020-03-01 In Public health measures: Health screenings in airports and border crossings
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2020-02-27 In Public health measures: General recommendations
The Ministry of Health and Wellness has advised residents of Barbados against travelling to China and South Korea, unless absolutely necessary. The recommendation follows a previous advisory, issued last month, warning against non-essential travel to Hubei Province in China after the coronavirus outbreak in its capital, Wuhan, last December. Further advised persons travelling to Italy and Iran, which have both reported clusters of COVID-19 cases, to take all necessary precautions related to respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene.
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2020-02-14 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Temporary quarantine center set up and ready to be deployed. Meanwhile, a permanent quarantine facility being prepared at the St. Lucy District Hospital. Preparations include the transfer of the residents of the hospital to the Geriatric Hospital, and the residents of the Elayne Scantlebury Centre, which is also on the River Bay, St. Lucy compound, to the Psychiatric Hospital.
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2020-02-10 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
three days of sensitization training conducted by the Medical Officers of Health in the Ministry for public officers as well as other stakeholder groups
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2020-02-09 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
General public invited to join other stakeholders at an engagement and training session on the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Two Mile Hill, St. Michael, on Sunday, February 9. Government departments such as Immigration and Customs, the Ministries of Tourism, Agriculture and Education represented.
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2020-02-05 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
isolation facility established at Queen Elizabeth Hospital. plans for bolstering laboratory capacity within coming weeks
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2020-02-05 In Public health measures: Health screenings in airports and border crossings
Bolstered screening capacity. Assistance from the Barbados Defence Force from their medical personnel to join with port health in order to give more numbers at ports of entry, particularly at the airport
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2020-02-05 In Movement restrictions: Surveillance and monitoring
The Government of Barbados is conducting thermal screening at airports and seaports.
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2020-02-04 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
CARICOM emergency meeting of regional institutions responsible for managing disease. Reviewed protocols that were established regionally in terms of dealing with other epidemics such as SARS, MERS and H1N1 and they also addressed the adaptation of these protocols to suit the coronavirus. Also had presentation from China to discuss how they had managed the disease.
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2020-01-27 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
MoH advises against non-essential travel to Hubei Province in China
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2020-01-22 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
MoH met in press conference to discuss readiness to respond and prepped meetings with local hospitals, Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Maritime Affairs, and Blue Economy. Have protocols they are prepared to mobilize from past Ebola and SARS outbreaks.
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2020-01-22 In Public health measures: Health screenings in airports and border crossings
Travelers arriving at ports of entry from high risk areas to be screened by health officers
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