The government is considering implementing a curfew during the passage of Hurricane Irma which is expected to make landfall within several hours.
Prime Minister Gaston Browne, speaking on Abundant Life Radio during a visit to Barbuda yesterday, said the regulation, which will require residents to remain indoor between specified hours during the storm, would apply to both Antigua and Barbuda.
“The objectives are to make sure that people stay within the safety of their homes to protect lives and limb and at the same time to ensure, that certainly in the case of Antigua where you have more commerce, that there is no looting of businesses. So again, we are seriously considering having a curfew during the period of the storm,” Browne said.
Browne said, however, that he is relying on individuals’ responsibility to ensure that they do not endanger their lives to protect their family members or to assist neighbours, “especially the disabled individuals within our communities to make sure that we provide the necessary assistance.”
No definitive announcement has been made as to if the curfew would actually take effect or from what time.