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Tuesday, Oct 27, 2020

Curfew extended for another 14 days; longer beach hours coming

Curfew extended for another 14 days; longer beach hours coming

The current 11-hour night-time curfew which is scheduled to end on Saturday, May 23 will be extended for an additional 14 days.

This is according to Governor Augustus Jaspert who told members of the media on Thursday, May 21, that Cabinet also decided to increase the amount of time allotted for persons to visit local beaches.

“Cabinet has been working diligently to plan and agree our ongoing approach including the phased reopening of our borders to Belongers, residents and nationals from the 2nd of June. We have also agreed on plans for the next 14-day curfew period which will come into effect from this Sunday,” he said.

“Our plan is to maintain the night-time curfew at 7 pm to 6 am which will allow more elements of our economy to safely reopen, as well as we would add a few more hours to the time allowed on beaches,” Governor Jaspert added.

Boat restrictions to be relaxed

The Governor further said that Cabinet has also been working on relaxing boat restrictions to begin the process of gradually reopening the maritime industry.

He said: “We are also working on plans to allow boats to safely move within our waters, we are restricting the moving across our national boundary lines to prevent anybody from coming into the territory.”

“We have restricted boat movements within the territory so that the Police and Customs can be clear about who is coming into the territory, but we are looking at protocols to try and reopen the maritime industry internally to some extent,” the governor further said.

While stating that more details will be forthcoming, Governor Jaspert said Cabinet is also looking at opening other sectors within the economy shortly.


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