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Curfew order revoked

Published:Monday | October 18, 2021 | 12:10 AM
Health Minister Carvin Malone
Health Minister Carvin Malone

TORTOLA (CMC):

Health Minister Carvin Malone says the Cabinet has revoked the existing curfew that was in effect in the territory for the last several weeks.

Malone, in making the announcement in an audio broadcast on Friday, indicated that the curfew revocation is among a number of restrictions that have either been discontinued or relaxed.

Among the restrictions lifted was that on gatherings.

“The Cabinet also decided that effective Saturday, October 16, “there shall be no restrictions on gatherings except in the case of an ‘event’,” Malone said.

Events include social occasions or activities such as parties, festivals, et cetera. Organised sporting activities, as well as conventions, conferences, and meetings are also defined as ‘events’.

Physical-distancing protocols

During such events, organisers and the proprietors of the premises hosting the event must ensure that the physical-distancing protocols and sanitisation measures are adhered to.

They must also ensure that attendance at the event is restricted to no more than one person per nine square feet, unless otherwise approved by the minister for health.

Malone further noted that the previous six-feet social-distancing requirement at gatherings have been reduced to three feet.

These relaxed measures were decided when the Cabinet met last Wednesday. The decisions have come at a time when the number of active COVID cases in the territory dropped to four.

“But we are not out of the woods,” the health minister cautioned.

“We must realise that the Delta and the Mu variants are still within our community. We must realise that throughout the world, challenges exist when it comes to COVID-19.”