Curfew To Remain In Place “For Security Reasons”


Prime Minister Gaston Browne says Antigua & Barbuda’s curfew will remain in place even after the economy is reopened.

“The curfew will remain in place and primarily for security reasons,” the prime minister said in a radio interview from his home.

“Last thing we want is individuals roaming at nights and wearing a mask. It’s legal to wear a mask and that in itself could support the nefarious actors among us so we have to be very careful relaxing the curfew,” he added.

An armed robbery in Parham last week heightened fears over the mandatory wearing of masks to prevent the coronavirus.

Browne says while the curfew will remain in place it could be further relaxed.

“What we could do and we will consider next week is to possibly relax the hours in which for the day light hours maybe until 7 p.m to make sure it’s available to individuals so they can continue doing their business and maybe until 5 a.m. Give them another two maybe another 4 hours, so these are some of the discussions we will have next week to determine how we relax the curfew.”

The prime minister said the situation regarding COVID-19 is relatively stable” and we have to make sure that we continue to remain vigilant. Opening up the country’s economy is obviously very important for people’s livelihood and putting people back to work.”


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  1. When is the airport going to fully open, especially flights from big companies like American Airlines and aircanada?

  2. I would have been in Antigua a week ago.Soaking up the beaches,English Harbor 10 years Rum and lots of food at Fort James.Hopefully I would be able to come down very soon.

  3. The road From The Pink Church to Curtain Bluff needs repair desperately. Trenches, craters and broken road edges are treacherous. This should have been the perfect time to fix the roads with low traffic and put some people back to work. A no- brainer.

  4. I’m getting real tired of this curfew cause with this curfew i can’t work… I never had a day job always working nights so how I’m supposed to make money to feed my child weather it be night or day people still gonna get robbed cause they wearing mask

  5. I can’t see what difference a curfew will make on potential robberies. If this one occurred in the middle of the day, then that says it all, doesn’t it? People need to work; the economy needs to get moving. At least extend the curfew for a few more hours a day.

  6. Yh I don’t see the sense this guy robbed in high day light. If someone once to steal even during the curfew they will find a way look at the robbery in bargain credit union atm machine and the robbery at dredge bay those were during curfew hrs so I don’t see the sense. Plus there are alot if persons who operate business or work at nights that are losing out put more police in the communicaties on the roads to do their jobs and that will help

    • What about some of us that only had a night job? How are we suppose to survive now..? This is getting to my head now..cant take it any more…

  7. What is wrong with Gaston Brown, this curfew needs to end! People are starving in this island! They have no money to give to the people, we need to work! Some business get to open while others are starving! Where is the common sense in staying close! He and his minsters have there salaries and savings! All we have is hard work to survive! Done this curfew now, enough is enough Gaston!

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