Banks and other private sector businesses urged to resume full operating hours



The Cabinet was informed that certain private sector businesses, including banks, have been operating on a reduced schedule since the Coronavirus pandemic caused a closing of the Antigua and Barbuda borders on March 26, 2020.

The Cabinet voiced its concern that reduced schedules have an unwanted impact on the economic well-being of the state; hence, Cabinet encourages those enterprises to return to a full schedule of services, effective September 1, 2020.

All public servants are also advised to return to a full work schedule immediately, canceling any previous authorizations and decisions by Permanent Secretaries to limit the hours of public servants.

As schools return to a full schedule on September 7, 2020, all government employees are to return to their workstations immediately.

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  1. So business as normal??? No more threat of covid??? All restaurants and bars at full capacity?? No more worries, bring back all the work force?? Beaches open to us Antiguans??? Or did I read cabinet notes wrong???

  2. Please exercise is your lives.Not that of Cabinet.Continue to follow all of the Protocols.Do not follow the Pradicals.LOL

  3. Good point Billy Bob.
    Are cabinet assuring all civil servants(wherever they work) their places of work have been fully fresh aired for 72-hours, been deep cleaned, sanitized, including air con?
    Furnishings removed to ensure at least 6′ distance between persons work stations? Work stations have perspex screens? Thorough multiple times per day, cleaning & sanitizing schedule is in place, including air conditioning?
    That temperature checks are in place upon entry?
    That mask wearing to cover nose & mouth is mandatory?
    That no ‘gatherings’ occur and distancing is adhered to at all times?
    And most critically, supervisors/managers will enforce all the above????
    (Because this has not been the norm at the Min of Health opposite the GPO)

    The above applies for all private places of business cabinet is calling back to work.

    Will all business places & Govt workplaces be mandated to deliver clear protocol training on day one, to all staff, and insist upon compliance?
    (Not seeing this currently in many retail businesses & police force)

    The next month will be interesting.

  4. Good day. Why ACB bank not accepting foreign currency? Does this apply to all banks in Antigua? Can someone please shed some light anybody??

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