New Curfew Guidelines


Curfew continues from 12:01 a.m. April 23 to 12 Midnight May 14, 2020

Official Guidelines

• The government of Antigua and Barbuda has declared a State of Emergency in an effort to curb the spread of the Coronavirus – COVID 19
• A curfew has been enacted from Thursday 23rd April – 12:01 a.m. to Thursday May 14, 2020 – 12 Midnight
• There will be no movement during the day by non-essential workers except for food and emergency
supplies. Private vehicles are limited to two occupants
• Essential workers and others should continue to practice social distancing of six feet betweenpersons
• Persons are confined to their places of residence during the 24-Hour curfew
Essential Services permitted to operate during State of Emergency
• Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda including the fire Brigade
• Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force
• Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP)
• Customs Department and Excise Division
• Immigration Department
• Mount Saint John Medical Centre
• Emergency Medical Services and E-911 Services
• Media workers and other employees of a broadcasting service to the extent that they are traveling
for work;
• Her Majesty’s Prison
• Air Traffic Control Service
• Metrological Services
• Clinics
• Pharmacies
• Provision of healthcare services and residential care services
• Residential or elderly care facilities and establishments
• Antigua Public Utilities Authority (Electricity and Water and Telecommunications); other Water
Service and Telecommunication Service Providers
• Assigned Volunteers
• Antigua and Barbuda Port Authority
• Brokers and Shipping agents
• Antigua and Barbuda Airport Authority
• Businesses licensed to provide private security services
• National Office of Disaster Services
• Commercial Banks and Credit Unions to the extent required to facilitate ongoing automatic banking
• All Members of Parliament
• The Treasury Department, as determined by the Accountant General
• The Inland Revenue Department, as determined by the Commissioner of Inland Revenue
• National Solid Waste Management Authority
• Healthcare workers and employees of allied health care services
• LIAT 1974 Ltd.
• Fuel Manufactures/Distributors (WIOC, RUBIS)
• Private Doctors/Veterinarians
• Lawyers providing legal services to clients at police station and at the Magistrates’ Court
• Critical Construction workers approved by the Cabinet to include BHM, Meridian Construction
Company, CCECC and WIOC
• Religious rites performed by church leaders and Chaplains of Faith-Based Organisations on the
recommendation of the Ecclesiastical Commission.
• Trade Unions
• Undertakers/Funeral Parlours
• Accountants Offices
• Businesses involved in logistics
• Hotels/Villas & Ancillary Staff operating on a limited scale (no gaming rooms, spas, gyms, tennis
courts and other recreational services are allowed; in room dining only)
Select businesses will be allowed to operate between the recommended hours with strict
adherence to the established social distancing regime. These businesses shall operate
between the hours of 6 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Fish and Meat Markets, Abattoirs
Vending of agricultural produce
Registered livestock and vegetable farmers are permitted to be at their farms between the hours of
4:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Licensed fishermen are permitted to operate during the curfew period between the hours of 2:00
a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Restaurants for drive-thru and curbside deliveries only – no dine-in services
Critical Cleaning Services, Sanitation workers
All retail businesses
Gas Stations
Wholesale or retail grocery stores, bakeries, supermarkets and community shops
Authorized Delivery Services of necessities (food, groceries, medicine, water, fuel)
Banking Institutions licensed under the Banking Act 2015
Credit Unions
All Money Services Businesses conducting money transfers pursuant to a Class A licence
issued by the Financial Services Regulatory Commission.
Hairdressing salons and barbershops are permitted to operate from Monday 11th May, under
the following conditions:
– The business operates under strict guidelines established by the Ministry of
Health and the Central Board of Health
– Copies of the guidelines must be displayed inside the work area in full view
of patrons. Must be placed on entry door of hairdressing salons and
Licensed Insurance businesses and Insurance Agents
Hardware Stores, Contractors and Construction businesses and their workmen
Landscape businesses and businesses engaged in maintenance of the physical environment
Marine Services
Auto mechanics
Auto Parts sales (on delivery basis only)
Churches and Faith-Based Organisations may conduct community outreach programmes, such as,
soup kitchens and the distribution of food and care packages to members of the community between
the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Public transportation services are permitted to operate during the curfew period from 6:00 a.m. to
7:00 p.m. provided the operator of the public transport and the passengers wear a face mask/covering
and the passengers are seated in a staggering formation with one person in every row that would
normally accommodate 2 persons and no more than 2 persons in the back seat.
Employees of the public service who are not employed in the provision of essential services
are permitted to work during the curfew period based on the instructions of the Permanent
Secretary of the Department or Division
Employees of Statutory Bodies will operate under the instructions of the Director or
Chairman of the Board of the Statutory Body
All Permanent Secretaries within the civil service, and the Directors and Chairmen of Board
of the Statutory Bodies shall encourage and support employees in working from home to the
extent that this is possible.
All courts will function under the guidance of the Chief Justice/Chief Magistrate
The Antigua and Barbuda Department of Marine Services and Merchant Shipping shall
operate as authorized by the Director.
Effective Tuesday 5th May, beaches will open under the following conditions:
. No person is permitted to picnic, consume alcohol, food or play music on any beach
for the duration of the curfew period
. The beaches will be open Monday to Friday between the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.
each day for a therapeutic purpose
. Sailing is permitted for the purpose of fishing with a maximum of five persons on
board the sailing vessel and must maintain social distancing at all times
Important instructions:
• Under the State of Emergency, persons must remain in the confines of their homes
• Every business permitted under the State of Emergency regulations to operate during the
curfew period shall observe the social distancing protocols as follows:-
– Ensure that all customers and staff maintain physical distancing of no less than six
(6) feet in or around their business;
– determine the number of persons that may be permitted in the establishment at any
one time by permitting one person for every fifty square feet of store space;
– place distance markers at six feet interval showing where persons are permitted to
stand at a check out point;
– place distance markers at six feet interval to show where persons are permitted to
stand while waiting outside of the establishment;
– In addition to social distancing, owners of businesses permitted operate during the
curfew period shall ensure that there is a sanitizing station available at the entry to
the business and sanitary procedures are observed by all customers.
No person is permitted to be in any motor vehicle, supermarket, market, or in any street or
in any public place without wearing a face mask/covering
Every person who is permitted to leave his or her residence for any portion of the curfew
period must wear a face mask/covering which completely covers both the nose and the
mouth of that person.
Persons are not permitted to wear dark glasses and head covering when entering any
business and persons must be prepared to show a government issued identification when
requested by security or management personnel of the business place.
All Religious and Educational places of instruction or worship shall remain closed. They
may however operate via electronic or virtual means.
The electronic or virtual broadcast of any religious instruction or worship may be produced
from within a church or other establishment, provided no more than ten (10) persons are
involved, to include the Pastor and the production team.
• No person shall –
• (a) host or attend at any private party which includes any person from outside of his or her
immediate household occupant;
• (b) attend or participate in any organised sporting event or any sports stadium;
• (c) hold any banquet, ball or reception;
• (d) any social event.
For the duration of the curfew period –
(a) weddings;
(b) meeting of a fraternal society, social or private club, civic organisation or association, are
(c) Funerals, if held during the curfew period, must be conducted in the cemetery with no
more than ten (10) mourners, the officiant, two (2) representatives from the funeral home
and two (2) persons employed to work in the graveyard, all of whom shall practice social
distancing and wear a face mask/covering.
No person shall drive any vehicle on any public or private road except for the purpose of:
(a) transporting someone who has a medical emergency;
(b) going to the supermarket or any of the businesses permitted to open pursuant to this
(c) going to an automatic banking machine within the period 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m;
(2) Only the driver and one other person are allowed to be in a private vehicle.
No person under the age of eighteen (18) years is permitted to be on any street or in any
vehicle, whether a private or public transport, during the curfew period, except in the
company of a parent or legal guardian.
A person may, during the period 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day, walk, jog, run, cycle or
perform any other physical activity which may lawfully be carried on, provided such a
person complies with the following:
b. Shall do so in an open field or on the side of a public road
c. May do so in the company of one other person while observing social
distancing protocol
d. Shall wear a face mask/covering
e. Shall not use the occasion as an occasion of social gathering
A person who fails to comply with these special measures commits an offence and is liable
on summary conviction to a fine of five thousand ($5,000.00) dollars or to imprisonment for
six (6) months or to both such fine and imprisonment.
Director-General of Communications | Government of Antigua and

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  1. ** Disclaimer ** Not applicable to the following areas:
    Blue Waters
    Hodges Bay
    Paradise view (including pedophile rings)

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      …and, go expose, wah U a do!
      …so, no trouble Chubble tarl
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      …and, day dey cyan be U demise!
      …yet, sum a go BARL!
      …”DAT, Chubble a sell, wan pack a lies
      …so, no buy dem, ’cause dem tink,
      …wussah dan, dutty dishes inna de sink
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  2. None of the above makes sense if the country is going to be reopen after one week

    • I agree.. no sense whatsoever. All you have to do is walk into the city. You’d see no semblance of a curfew taking place.

    • Canterbury has a beautiful cathedral. Open the borders and hotels but who will want to visit when they will be confined to the hotel? In room dining only. We are waiting for a vaccine. Ordinary people cannot move until then. Only the rich, with yachts, private aircraft and offshore money will profit. All of the monied tax evaders in Antigua could help but they are too greedy and selfish. Through the virus many rich people will make a profit. It would be ok if they would share their wealth but they do not. A few parcels from Jumby is a piffling amount. Any money given through charitable organisations is skimmed by those in charge. I would share my last bowl of food with a friend. Remember your love is paramount through these times. Antiguans will share and survive. x

  3. Tizzy you are quite right. The cathedral in Canterbury is quite beautiful and I see it every day. Perhaps we are both blessed.

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