Antigua government reviews sleeveless policy in government buildings

Ministry of Education

Antigua and Barbuda will be following Jamaica’s lead to review the dress code for accessing services at government buildings.

Prime Minister Gaston Browne over the weekend instructed the Ministry of Social Transformation to conduct a comprehensive review of the dress code in government buildings.

Three days earlier, Prime Minister Andrew Holness of Jamaica ordered the suspension of the practice by ministries, departments, and agencies to prohibit persons wearing sleeveless attire from entering government buildings.

In a statement, Holness said Cabinet has taken note of the concerns expressed by members of the public, especially women, about being denied access to facilities because of their sleeveless attire.

He pointed out that there is no law or official government policy against persons wearing sleeveless clothes but that government entities have instituted their own dress code practices.

Like Browne, Holness said he has ordered a full review of these practices with a goal of formulating a government dress code policy.

For years, women in particular have called on the government here to do away with the archaic policy which bans women from wearing sleeveless and other clothing deemed inappropriate for government offices.

The government did not say how long the review is expected to last.

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