Mia Mottley

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley yesterday announced that from July 1 there will be no more curfew restrictions in Barbados in the first sign that the country is seeking to reopen activity following COVID-19 restrictions.

In addition, Mottley physical distancing will now be one metre (three feet).

The prime minister also announced that commercial air traffic will resume on July 12 with Air Canada being the first to return to activity at the Grantley Adams International Airport. She said British Airways will restart on July 18 from Gatwick; Jetblue from JFK in New York on July 25; Virgin Atlantic on August 1 and American Airlines on August 5. She said it is anticipated Caribbean Airlines will resume in mid-July.

Attorney General Dale Marshall also announced the following measures:

• All daycare centres will reopen to full capacity from next week

• Sporting events will be able to have spectators, once physical distancing and wearing of masks are observed. Indoor events will be subject to density requirements.

• The limit for outdoor entertainment and social events has been raised to 500 people, and those indoor will be subject to density capacity.

• From July 15, once the COVID-19 Monitoring Unit approves, that limit can go above 500.

• The one-hour limit for church services will also be lifted, and baptisms will be permitted once people wear gloves, but the other protocols remain. (Barbados Daily Nation)