Antigua and Barbuda Implements Mask Mandate in Healthcare Institutions to Mitigate Ongoing COVID-19 Risks


On May 5, 2023, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the end of the public health emergency for the COVID-19 virus.

However, the threat of COVID-19 and its associated risks remain, and is very evident, as the virus has not been eliminated.

The Ministry of Health, Wellness, Social Transformation and the Environment remains steadfast in our commitment to providing the best possible healthcare to citizens and residents of Antigua and Barbuda in a safe environment.

Therefore, effective immediately, persons visiting or working on the premises of public Healthcare Institutions, will be required to wear a clean, properly fitted mask covering the nose and mouth.

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Ministry of Health Headquarters
  • Health Centers / Clinics / Polyclinics
  •  Sir Lester Bird Medical Centre
  • Medical Benefits Scheme
  • Clarevue Psychiatric Hospital
  • Fiennes Institute
  • Antigua Barbuda Emergency Medical Services
  • Central Board of Health
  • AIDS Secretariat
  • CARE Project
  • Hannah Thomas Hospital


This also serves as a reminder to continue to practice appropriate infection control measures, good hand washing and workplace hygiene, cough and sneeze etiquette as in protocols already established.

Your adherence to this policy is anticipated.


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  1. Covid is rampant in antigua once again?
    Omg…father help us!!
    What has caused this sudden proliferation of the virus??
    Could this have been brought in by a sudden influx of a certain type of people who were not properly vetted and I’m sure not immunized smh.

  2. Mercyyyyy a now duncey head Pringle CA-CAPA-TI-TAH going talk bout “MASKIZ” 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣

  3. In 2020, the amount of disposable face masks littered into the environment increased by a staggering 9000 percent. Billions of people strapped polypropylene masks to their faces every day for two years and sucked their air through plastic fibers for 8 hours or more. To not have discovered plastic in lungs would have been surprising.

    The confirmation of microplastics in the lungs also backs up a study conducted in 2020 which predicted a microplastic inhalation risk posed by wearing masks.

  4. In a study of 12 face masks, every mask contained titanium dioxide (TiO2) particles in at least one layer, at levels that “exceeded the acceptable exposure level.”

    The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies titanium dioxide as a Group 2B carcinogen, which means it’s “possibly carcinogenic to humans” by inhalation.

    Masks take both a physical and psychological toll; the journal Pediatrics highlighted the emotional burden felt by parents, clinicians and patients due to wearing masks in pediatric cancer wards.

  5. 47 studies confirm ineffectiveness of masks for COVID and 32 more confirm their negative health effects

    No studies were needed to justify this practice since most understood viruses were far too small to be stopped by the wearing of most masks, other than sophisticated ones designed for that task and which were too costly and complicated for the general public to properly wear and keep changing or cleaning. It was also understood that long mask wearing was unhealthy for wearers for common sense and basic science reasons.

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