Barbuda Council initiates partial lockdown from today

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The Barbuda Council is initiating another period of lockdown for the next 14 days starting today, restricting all non-essential travel to the island, and recommending the halting of all construction activities until further notice.

A bulletin issued by the Council over the weekend indicated that the move is geared towards containing the spread of the novel coronavirus. Health authorities on the sister island recorded eight positive cases of the virus last week, a  ninth case was reported on the weekend, and a number of people remain in quarantine.

The changes that will remain in effect until September 9th will apply to business owners who have been asked to ensure that no more than 10 persons enter their establishments at one time, and that handwashing stations are provided before entry.

The Barbuda Express Ferry services will also be limited to a maximum of 25 passengers, and the Typhoon, a maximum of 19 passengers.

Taxi operators are being encouraged to follow the strict sanitisation protocols.

The council is also banning day tours for now, and people travelling on yachts to the island will not be allowed to disembark. (DAILY OBSERVER)

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