Minister of Labour Jennifer Baptiste-Primus answers a question during yesterday’s sitting of the Senate.

Gail Alexander

The Central Statistical Office is exploring new ways to conduct the 2021 Population Census following ongoing social distancing measures being adopted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This was indicated by Labour Minister Jennifer Baptiste-Primus in Senate on Tuesday.

She said, “In view of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, with respect to new guidelines on social interaction, the CSO is exploring the use of technology which would include telephone interviews, online questionnaires, mail-in questionnaires and limited face to face interviews.”

She added, “The CSO at present is participating in ongoing dialogue with regional and international statistical institutions to consider and develop suitable methodologies. Support is also being explored with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the government of Canada through the Project for the Regional Advancement of Statistics in the Caribbean (PRASC) towards these initiatives.”

Senate President Christine Kangaloo also on Tuesday changed the Senate’s COVID-19 protocol – which was in place since March – where the number of senators in the Chamber was reduced. She said Senators can now all remain in the chamber but must observe social distancing rules.