Prime Minister Gaston Browne says bar operators who do not avail themselves of the COVID-19 vaccine will not be allowed to operate.
He said the requirement may be criticised for being draconian but that it is necessary to protect the population.
Bars and gyms have been ordered closed since March 15, 2021. Browne reiterated his view that gatherings at bars contribute greatly to the spread of COVID-19.
The Prime Minster made his remarks while addressing the slow in momentum of the island’s vaccination programme.
He told Pointe FM that while some 200 persons were vaccinated at the public market today, the slow in momentum was expected.
So far, close to 29,000 people have been vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine. The Prime Minister says he is confident the island will reach the 40,000 mark.
Browne advised residents that they should avail themselves of the vaccine as it may be a requirement based on the nature of their work and the things they want to do.