Dominica declares 17 restrictions including night, weekend curfew

Following the growing cluster of COVID-19 cases in Dominica, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit announced night curfew effective from 6 PM to 5 AM daily from August 3, 2021 for the next 7 days.

Prime Minister of Roosevelt Skerrit
Prime Minister of Roosevelt Skerrit

Dominica: Following the growing cluster of COVID-19 cases in Dominica, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit announced night curfew effective from 6 PM to 5 AM daily from August 3, 2021 for the next 7 days.

The government has placed several pre-cautionary measures to reduce the likelihood of a COVID-19 outbreak in the country, such as increased patrol at borders of Dominica, restriction in the number of people attending events, mandatory use of masks and up to last weekend, the cancellation of social gatherings.

Prime Minister Skerrit announced 17 point restriction against the COVID-19:

1. A Curfew Order will be in effect from 6:00 pm to 5:00 am daily from Tuesday August 3, 2021 for the next 7 days;

2. However, in the case of the weekend the curfew will begin at 5:00 pm on Saturday August 7, 2021 and will continue throughout the day on Sunday August 8, 2021 and end on Monday August 9, 2021 at 5 am. Curfew will then resume the night of Monday August 9, 2021 at 6 pm.

3. All non-essential businesses are to remain closed.

4. Essential workers, including people working at the ports, healthcare workers, banks and credit unions, hardware stores, telecoms and broadcasting, pharmacies, farmers, security services, utilities—the exhaustive list will be published. This measure will also exclude

Workers and People who are:
a. travelling in and out of the country,
b. seeking medical care,
c. shopping for necessities,
d. banking but by appointment only,
e. caring for a family member, pet or livestock,
f. involved in construction, farming and manufacturing,
– all of whom will be allowed to continue their activity.

5. The hours of operation for businesses that are allowed to open are from 6:00am to 4:00pm.

6. All businesses must ensure physical distancing measures of 6 ft apart are maintained and should control the number of customers inside of the premises to ensure no more 4 customers per isle.

7. ALL Bars and nightclubs will remain closed.

8. Restaurants No dining-in (take-outs only).

9. No consumption of alcohol in public.

10. Churches and other places of Worship are to remain closed.

11. Weddings are to be limited to 5 people, while funerals are to be no more than 10 individuals.

12. The following will NOT be permitted:
a. Private parties,
b. Recreational or sporting events
c. Social events
d. Meetings of fraternal societies or of clubs
e. Group tours
f. Loud music

13. Public Transportation will be restricted to 3 individuals per row,

14. There will be no visitation to the Hospital, Prison, Infirmary or Quarantine Facility.

15. The airports and seaports will remain open

16. Remember that masks are mandatory by law

17. The penalty for people who fail to comply with the Order has been
increased to $5,000.

PM Skerrit also expressed sadness from many of those who are not observing pre-cautionary measures in the country. The current cluster is associated with individuals who entered Dominica illegally and took part in a biker’s activity along with a ‘jam’ at a location in Pottersville on Sunday July 25, 2021.

Over 200 people who attended the event LOT have voluntarily presented themselves for testing at the Roseau Health Centre on Monday and there are total 10 confirmed COVID-19 cases from the event, bringing total active cases in Dominica to 12.

Meanwhile 14 of the individuals who received rapid antigen test at the health centre tested positive are awaiting for the results of the PCR tests to confirm the status of these individuals and they have been placed in isolation at the government facility.

“I make a special appeal to the people who have been contacts of the individuals who have tested positive for the virus or individuals who have attended any of the events which I mentioned earlier, to come forward and get tested,” asserted Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.

The government also announced hotline numbers; if individuals have flu-like symptoms, they must call at 448-2151, 448-2153, 448-2156, 611-4325 or 1800219 to get tested.

PM also added that vaccines are available at the district health centres islandwide and urged people to get vaccinated as soon as possible.