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Montserrat announces 10-hour curfew, closure of borders

Published:Friday | March 27, 2020 | 9:59 AM

BRADES, Montserrat, CMC – Montserrat has announced a 10-hour curfew and the closure of its borders from Thursday as the British Overseas Territory reacts to the confirmation of two cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19.

Premier Easton Taylor-Farrell said that the borders will be closed to non-residents from 6:00 p.m. (local time) and that the curfew would be from 7:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m.

The government has also said that all non-essential businesses will be closed for 14 days  and that the exception to the total shut down would be medivacs, and vessels bringing food and related supplies.

There will also be no public gatherings of more than four people and funerals can have up to 15 people in attendance.

During the curfew, permission will be granted to persons travelling to and from work, shopping and “as exercise is necessity for many, groups no larger than four.”

Taylor-Farrell said companies will have to work out the logistics for their organisations and that essential service providers are required to close by 6:00 pm daily to allow workers to be home before the curfew kicks in.

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