The Barbuda Council has extended the prohibition on travel to its sister isle, Antigua, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The existing quarantine period was also extended for another week.
These decisions to extend the prohibition and quarantine were taken by way of a Council Resolution and takes effect immediately and runs until April 16.
In a notice, the Barbuda Local Government announced that all non-essential travel is prohibited between the two islands for a period of 14 days.
Only essential-service vessels – the Emergency Medical Services (EMS), the fuel and sand barges, ACB banking services, and cargo boats – are permitted to enter Barbuda. However, the Council warns that they are not to carry passengers.
Further, “all yachts on our shores are not allowed to disembark during this period,” the notice reads. A ban has been in place since Thursday March 26.
While Barbuda has had no confirmed cases of the coronavirus, three people have been quarantined on the sister island.
In a recent interview, the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Rhonda Sealy-Thomas, said they have shown no signs or symptoms of the disease, to date.
Meanwhile, Antigua has 19 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and two deaths so far.
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