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COVID-19 Pandemic in Barbados

Last Updated by Totally Barbados on February 20th, 2021, at 19:19 Barbados time. Kind compliments go out to The Barbados Government Information Service.

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February 2021 Covid Updates – Coronavirus Disease 2019

View the timeline of how COVID-19 and the coronavirus have affected Barbados and its population.

  • February 21st, 2021: Barbados rolls out its drive-thru vaccination center without hitches – Another first for Barbados with its vaccinations at the Globe Drive-in location being done like a drive-thru system.
  • February 21st, 2021: Dodds Prison Back To Full Capacity – There are no active cases of COVID-19 at Her Majesty Prisons Dodds, St. Philip, as of yesterday, Friday, February 19. The prison is back to full operational capacity and being handled completely in-house, with available manpower resources.
  • February 20th, 2021: COVID-19 Update: 30 New Cases, 51 Recoveries, 1 Death – Since March 2020, this brings the totals for the period February 16th, 2021:
    – 770 active cases
    – 120,055 – Total Test Results
    – 2,715 – Total Cases confirmed cases in Barbados since March 2020
    – 1,472 are male
    – 1,243 are female
    – 31 deaths
    – 1,914 recovered and discharged
    – 14,411 – Total Vaccinated
    – 6,390 – Total Males Vaccinated
    – 8,021 – Total Females Vaccinated
  • February 19th, 2021: Wait Your Turn For COVID-19 Vaccination – “Wait for a call telling you it’s your turn and giving you an appointment.” That is the appeal being made by the National Vaccination Committee, which will continue its vaccination program this weekend February 20 and 21, during the national shutdown. Vaccinations will be made available only to people who have been given appointments. No walk-ins will be accommodated. The Committee has taken this position because of the number of people overwhelming polyclinics and vaccination centers and creating long lines over the 5 days. As a result, people with NCDs and senior citizens have had to wait in line for hours because of the large number of walk-ins turning up at polyclinics across the island.
  • February 19th, 2021: COVID-19 Update: 30 New Cases, 51 Recoveries, 1 Death – Since March 2020, this brings the totals for the period February 16th, 2021:
    – 702 active cases
    – 119,338 – Total Test Results
    – 2,677 – Total Cases confirmed cases in Barbados since March 2020
    – 1,449 are male
    – 1,228 are female
    – 30 deaths
    – 1,858 recovered and discharged
    – 11,494 – Total Vaccinated
    – 5,210 – Total Males Vaccinated
    – 6,284 – Total Females Vaccinated
  • February 18th, 2021: Stay Home Unless Doing Legitimate Business – A new COVID-19 directive issued by Government will now require residents across Barbados to remain at home both day and night unless they have legitimate reasons to be on the roads. In addition, the Government has instituted a “stay at home weekend” which will also result in further restrictions including the closure of gas stations and bread depots across the country on Saturday, February 20, and Sunday, February 21. The new directive took effect from midnight on Wednesday, February 17, and runs until midnight on February 28.
  • February 18th, 2021: Zero-Tolerance For Persons Breaching Current Directive – The Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) has already brought some 20 cases involving persons breaking curfew before the courts and according to Commissioner of Police, Tyrone Griffith, that is 20 too many. He expressed this view while speaking during this morning’s COVID-19 update at Ilaro Court. Noting that the majority of Barbadians were adhering to the law, he admonished those who still flouted the directive. “We’re seeing persons still attempting to open shops and other businesses… not wearing their mask appropriately. …We’re also seeing instances of people crowding at the beaches,” he pointed out. He added that going forward, “we’ll have a zero-tolerance policy in terms of persons breaching the directives…I think we have warned sufficient people”.
  • February 18th, 2021: Progress In Vaccination Programme & Lab Backlog – Businesses deemed as an essential service must provide their employees with an emergency pass issued by Government and not a letter from the employer. Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Dale Marshall, gave this reminder today as he addressed the COVID-19 Press Conference, where he spoke about the upcoming stay-at-home weekend and gave an update on Directive No. 4, which is now in effect until midnight, February 28. Mr. Marshall told the media: “It has come to our attention that a number of employers have been issuing to their employees’ letters saying that they are working this place and it is an essential service and therefore, treat this as a pass….”For those of you who have been using letters, the police will not be accommodating that. Please go to www.gov.bb and apply for your passes…. For those of you who have letters, …that will not be accepted, and not just on the weekend, not generally,” he stressed.
  • February 18th, 2021: Accident and Emergency Department (A&E) For Persons With Moderate To Severe Symptoms – “We are discouraging persons with mild symptoms from coming to the Emergency Department at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH). That department is really for those with moderate to severe complaints, [that is] those people who are so short of breath, their sentences are not complete. If you are having chest pains and you are not breathing properly and your relatives don’t like how you look, we stand ready to offer care and assistance for the moderate to a severe complaint,” she emphasized. Dr. Williams disclosed that the QEH diagnosed at least 10 people in the last week with COVID-19. However, she stated that she was not advising persons to stay home if they were not feeling well, but urged them to call either the COVID hotline at 536-4500 or the QEH’s help desk at 536-4800, so they could be guided accordingly by healthcare professionals, based on their symptoms.
  • February 18th, 2021: Emergency Management (Covid-19) (Curfew) (No. 4) Directive, 2021 Feb 17 SI – No person, other than a person referred to in paragraph 3, shall leave
    his residence between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. except…
  • February 18th, 2021: COVID-19 Update: 151 New Positives, 55 Recovered, 1 Death – Since March 2020, this brings the totals for the period February 16th, 2021:
    – 826 active cases
    – 117,669 – Total Test Results
    – 2,608 – Total Cases confirmed cases in Barbados since March 2020
    – 1,421 are male
    – 1,187 are female
    – 29 deaths
    – 1,753 recovered and discharged
    – 6,683 – Total Vaccinated
    – 2,973 – Total Males Vaccinated
    – 3,710 – Total Females Vaccinated
  • February 17th, 2021: Minister Bostic Clears The Air On Several Issues – With the national roll-out of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine there has been no sidelining of the regular vaccination programs at polyclinics across the island says Minister of Health and Wellness, Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic. The Health Minister also dismissed the claim that some samples had been lost by the lab. On the issue, he said once samples arrived at the lab they were processed and not lost. Lt. Col. Bostic was also asked whether a list circulating on social media and purporting to have the names of positive COVID-19 persons was fictitious. Acknowledging that he was not in a position to make comments in reference to the document, he noted, however, that it did not bear “any official thing from the Ministry of Health and Wellness”.
  • February 17th, 2021: Health Minister Gives An Update On Isolation Facilities – There are currently 45 persons resident at Barbados’ primary and secondary isolation facilities, where care is being provided for those with COVID-19. This was revealed by Minister of Health and Wellness, Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic, as he provided an update on isolation facilities during today’s press conference at Ilaro Court. While noting that these facilities have a capacity of 78 beds, Minister Bostic said: “But what I want to stress to you is that we have been expanding our isolation capacity, and of course, the critical beds are always the ones that we have to be very careful with, and by expanding the capacity, there are a lot of things that have been going on. For example, we have been making some transfers from Harrison Point to some of the other facilities and trying to focus at Harrison Point on those persons whom we deem to be very ill … obviously symptomatic.
  • February 17th, 2021: Minister Makes Plea In Light Of Three More Deaths – Three seniors are the latest persons to have died as a result of COVID-19. Minister of Health and Wellness, Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic, in a statement this morning, announced two women ages 88 and 74, and a 73-year-old man passed away yesterday.
  • February 17th, 2021: Death Reported In Keeping With COVID-19 Procedures – The recent death of a nine-year-old girl – ‘Child A’- from Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome, which is associated with COVID-19 complications, was disclosed according to the procedures for reporting COVID-19 deaths. Minister of Health and Wellness, Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic, stated this during a press conference this morning at Ilaro Court. He was explaining why the announcement of the death came after it was first revealed by the media in Trinidad and Tobago. He stated: “I am guided by our medical officials and the medical officials had reported up to the day before that there were still some tests being run, and that they were not in a position to make any confirmations, and therefore, the Ministry could not do anything…. And up to that time, we had not received any confirmation certainly from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital team, and so we were not in a position to do anything.”
  • February 17th, 2021: Progress In Vaccination Programme & Lab Backlog – To date, 6,665 persons have received their COVID-19 vaccines under Government’s National Vaccination Programme. And, Minister of Health and Wellness, Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic, has expressed satisfaction with the progress of the program since its rollout.
  • February 17th, 2021: No Need To Do Plasma Testing For Antibodies – Senior Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health and Wellness, Dr. Anton Best, does not see the need at this time for testing for plasma to determine if a person has the necessary antibodies to fight off the coronavirus. He made that clear today while addressing a televised COVID-19 update and press conference at Ilaro Court. Dr. Best said “to the best of our knowledge”, there was no need to do such testing and explained that if a person had COVID in the past, there is a protocol that states that they can receive the vaccine in approximately one month after the infection. “So, there’s no need to do any testing to see if you have antibodies to indicate whether you have a current infection or whether you’ve had a past infection,” he underlined.
  • February 17th, 2021: Weekend Curfew Will Not Affect Travellers Via GAIA – Visitors departing the island on scheduled flights for February 20 and 21 will not be affected by the upcoming imposed weekend curfew. Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Senator Lisa Cummins, has indicated that visitors who are scheduled to leave the island on Saturday, February 20, and Sunday, February 21, will be able to leave their accommodation and travel to the airport to board their specific flight.
  • February 17th, 2021: No Evidence Of COVID-19 Re-Infection In Barbados – Senior Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health and Wellness, Dr. Anton Best, has declared that there is no hard evidence of re-infection in persons who have already had COVID-19.
  • February 17th, 2021: Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C) Explained – Multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome in children (MIS-C) is a rare but serious complication associated with COVID-19, which was discovered less than a year ago. Director of Medical Services at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Paediatrician, Dr. Clyde Cave, stated this today during the COVID-19 update and press conference. He was speaking about the condition in light of the recent death of a Barbadian child and said MIS-C could result in children who have been exposed to the virus.Dr. Cave, who also referred to MIS-C as Paediatric Multi-System Syndrome, explained that usually weeks after an infection, a child may become ill with inflammation in multiple systems and the symptoms may vary.He mentioned some of those symptoms. “A high fever; if the bowel is involved, there will be vomiting and diarrhea. If the nervous system is involved, headaches, possibly seizures, or tremors, or confusion. If the skin is involved, there are rashes, or the eyes, or the linings of the mouth can become very pink and cracked,” Dr. Cave explained.
  • February 16th, 2021: Government Introduces Weekend Curfew – The government will be introducing a weekend curfew, as part of efforts to further restrict unnecessary movement, which has been deemed a contributing factor to the spread of COVID-19. Minister of Health and Wellness, Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic, made the announcement during today”s press briefing, as he expressed concern about persons who appeared to be “leaving home for the sake of leaving home”.Referring to the high volume of traffic on the island’s roads during the “period of pause”, Minister Bostic said he made a recommendation to the Prime Minister and the Emergency Operations Centre, “to do a little more” to significantly inhibit travel throughout the island, particularly over this weekend.”This is a major part of the problem.… Accordingly, the Honorable Attorney General will very shortly be issuing a new directive, in which we shall impose a weekend curfew, whereby effective Friday 7:00 p.m. to Monday 6:00 a.m., it shall be unlawful for persons not in possession of the appropriate pass, or not involved in the vaccination exercise, either as a service provider or recipient of the vaccine to leave the confines of their homes.”Simply put, if you are not directly involved in Operation Seek and Save or the National Vaccination Exercise, and if you are not coming from a medical facility on legitimate business, then you shall have absolutely no permission to be on the roads of Barbados from Friday 7:00 p.m. to Monday 6:00 a.m.,” he revealed, adding that the pending ban also applies to beaches and public parks.The Health Minister noted that the Royal Barbados Police Force would be “instructed to apprehend and prosecute all persons violating this order”.
  • February 16th, 2021: Vaccinations For High-Risk Groups On Wednesday – This is to facilitate the COVID-19 vaccination program for persons over age 70, as well as for those aged 18 to 69 who have non-communicable diseases. Vaccinations for individuals who fit into these two categories are being done by appointment only.
  • February 16th, 2021: Stop Creating Mischief Warns Prime Minister Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley is warning the public to stop creating mischief in an effort to sway others against taking the COVID-19 vaccine. In an address to the nation yesterday, Ms. Mottley made it clear that increasing the number of people vaccinated against the virus, would see it being “wrestled” to the ground and allow more businesses across the country to reopen.
  • February 16th, 2021: Public Being Vaccinated; More Vaccines To Come: As of Sunday, February 14th, 2021 night, 2,863 people were vaccinated with the first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in Barbados, and most persons are expected to receive their second dose in another 10 weeks. And Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley has declared that vaccinations will be “considerably ramped up” from this week, with the inclusion of the vulnerable population being vaccinated, as Barbados continues to wage war against COVID-19.She made these disclosures during an address to the nation yesterday while giving an update on the island’s present situation, and on the vaccination campaign, which was launched a week ago.Noting that health professionals and security personnel were at the front of the vaccination program thus far, Ms. Mottley said it would continue with other frontline workers receiving the jab.In addition, the Prime Minister said that as of Monday morning, just over 2,000 persons over the age of 70 and under 1,000 between ages 18 and 69 had registered to be vaccinated.”Once we ramp up the public education program, we expect those numbers to continue even more,” she said, stressing that if the number of vaccinations was increased, COVID-19 could be wrestled to the ground.Ms. Mottley added that it was the Government’s desire to have more vaccines available in the country to facilitate more people, whether they are citizens or not, being vaccinated by the end of April or early May.To facilitate that process, she noted that Government was able to settle different supplies of vaccines in addition to the 100,000, which it received from India last week.
  • February 16th, 2021: Covid-19 Update – 126 New Cases, 38 Recoveries, 3 Deaths: There were 126 new positive COVID-19 cases on Monday, February 15th, 2021.
    Since March 2020, this brings the totals for the period February 14th, 2021:
    – 731 active cases
    – 115,813 – Total Test Results
    – 2,457 – Total Cases confirmed cases in Barbados since March 2020
    – 1,367 are male
    – 1,090 are female
    – 25 deaths
    – 1,698 recovered and discharged
    – 4,490 – Total Vaccinated
    – 1,980 – Total Males Vaccinated
    – 2,510 – Total Females Vaccinated
  • February 15th, 2021: Barbados National Pause Extended To Sunday, February 28th, 2021.

Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley made the announcement today as she addressed the nation on matters pertaining to COVID-19, the impact of the disease on the economy, and the vaccine, among others.

Ms. Mottley told the country: “I ask you to listen to the professionals, and I ask us to stay the course for these 11 days. I hope that we will not have to do anything more, but I make no promises because as I have continually said to you, we will be guided by the evidence at all levels….

“This decision will not kill our economy. This decision might hurt us a little bit economically, but in the long run, if we can resume the normal, safe activity, you may actually find, as I was advised by the economic team this morning, that the economic activity will come much stronger in the second half of the calendar year, they believe, if we get this right at this point in time.”

The Prime Minister underscored the value of human life and said it was now necessary to go beyond the “pause” to continue aggressively battling this deadly disease.

“I cannot be driven into a situation where we are just ignoring what is happening and allowing persons to continue as if lives don’t matter, because lives do matter, and that is why we have paused, and that is why we are now going to stop,” she added, in reference to the extension of the “national pause” until February 28.

She noted that minimarts would join supermarkets and reopen from Monday to Friday, but close on weekends. She added that Western Union-type financial transactions; post offices and other courier companies which deliver critical supplies would reopen at this stage.

Ms. Mottley continued: “Minimarts will be allowed to open…because we also expect many of them to also help with the cashing of cheques for…pensions…. Minister [Wilfred] Abrahams will speak…tomorrow or Wednesday with respect to the arrangements for the pensions and the cheques that will be cashed….

“The good news is that because we’ve done a lot of lodgements…into people’s accounts, the number of NIS cheques has dropped significantly, and therefore we will work with them as we go forward.”

Ms. Mottley urged Barbadians to comply with the protocols and stressed that Government would remain on course with the six-point strategy it had been adhering to. She outlined the plan as:

– Aggressive contact tracing
– Operation “Seek and Save”, especially for those who are symptomatic
– Testing at the labs coming back to normalcy, particularly with the reagents, so officials can get an accurate picture of the positivity rate and the R number
– The vaccines being comprehensively given to as many people across the society who are entitled to receive them. It is not for persons under 18 years
– Adherence to the basic protocols – face mask, sanitizing, and physical distancing.
– Enforcement of the directives

  • February 15th, 2021: COVID-19 Update for February 13th, 2021: Situation Report for results of February 13, 2021 – The test results cover a range of dates and 112 of the positive results are for the period February 1 to 7, 2021. Test results have been slow recently because of the inability to obtain a critical reagent. This required lab technicians to use manual extraction which made the process longer and created a new backlog. – Since March 2020, this brings the total numbers as:
    – 605 active cases
    – 114,028 tests complete
    – 2,268 confirmed cases in Barbados since March 2020
    – 1,265 are male
    – 1,003 are female
    – 1,639 recovered/discharged
    – 24 deaths
  • February 15th, 2021: Plans To Do Continuous Genomic Surveillance – Plans are afoot to strengthen the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory to conduct continuous genomic surveillance to detect the presence of other strains of the novel coronavirus on the island.
  • February 15th, 2021: COVID-19 R-Number & Positivity Rate Explained – The Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization recommend an R number of one or less than one, and a positivity rate of less than four percent for COVID-19.The R number is simply a tool used by epidemiologists that gives a rating to infectious organisms, for example, coronavirus, in terms of the ability of that disease to spread in a society. That is if one person is infected with coronavirus how many persons is he likely to transmit that to in a population that is susceptible,” he explained.Using the example of measles, Senator Walcott said the R number for measles is 15. He stated that in a country where there is no immunization against measles, that means if one person is infected with measles, that person could essentially spread measles to 15 persons and those 15 persons could potentially spread it to 15.Minister Walcott pointed out that based on coronavirus modeling, scientists had worked out that the R rate number is three. “If I have the disease, I could spread it to three persons in a room, and both persons, once they’ve contracted it, can then pass it on to three persons,” he explained.He noted that the aim is to have an R number of one, or less than one. “In terms of the modeling being done now, they see that our R factor is about 1.4, which means that it can spread in the society; it is a susceptible society. And all the more reasons why people must adhere to the protocols which are very important; the wearing of a mask, hand sanitizing, and your physical distancing,” Senator Walcott stated.The Chairman of Cabinet’s COVID-19 Sub-committee said in terms of the positivity rate “that is a simple matter of the number of positive tests over the total number of tests and a percentage of that. And ideally, you aim for a percentage of perhaps less than four percent”. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley stressed it is important for persons in the country to get vaccinated in order to bring down its susceptible population.
  • February 14th, 2021: COVID-19 Opinion: A family doctor member of our family in London, England recommends the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine – If it turns out that it doesn’t work against emerging variants, maybe we will be offered a different one that does in due course. But for now, I’d recommend anyone offered “any” vaccine to definitely go for it. It protects against becoming severely unwell and requiring hospitalization. If afterward, they were to catch covid, they would more likely have a mild illness rather than the severe illness. An exploratory analysis of participants who had received one standard dose of the vaccine suggested that efficacy against symptomatic COVID-19 was 73.00%. People have been urged not to delay getting the Oxford vaccine, despite concerns that it might be less effective against the South Africa Covid variant. COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca confirms 100% protection against severe disease, hospitalization, and death in the primary analysis of Phase III trials.
  • February 13th, 2021: COVID-19 Update: 114 Cases, 29 Recoveries, Two Deaths – Since March 2020, this brings the total numbers as:
    – 422 active cases
    – 112,556 tests complete
    – 2,061 confirmed cases in Barbados since March 2020
    – 1,168 are male
    – 893 are female
    – 1,616 recovered/discharged
    – 23 deaths
  • February 13th, 2021: COVID-19 Update: 114 Cases, 29 Recoveries, Two Deaths – Since March 2020, this brings the total numbers as:
    – 422 active cases
    – 112,556 tests complete
    – 2,061 confirmed cases in Barbados since March 2020
    – 1,168 are male
    – 893 are female
    – 1,616 recovered/discharged
    – 23 deaths
  • February 12th, 2021: Barbados COVID-19 Update43 New Positives, 40 Recovered, 1 Death – Since March 2020, this brings the total numbers as:
    – 339 active cases
    – 110,086 tests complete
    – 1,947 confirmed cases in Barbados since March 2020
    – 1,114 are male
    – 833 are female
    – 1,587 recovered/discharged
    – 21 deaths
  • February 11th, 2021: Barbados COVID-19 Update47 New Positives, 43 Recovered – Since March 2020, this brings the total numbers as:
    – 339 active cases
    – 110,086 tests complete
    – 1,974 confirmed cases in Barbados since March 2020
    – 1,114 are male
    – 833 are female
    – 1,547 recovered/discharged
    – 20 deaths
  • February 10th, 2021: COVID-19 update and press conference – February 10, 2021. Government Working To Secure Additional Vaccines
  • February 10th, 2021: Barbados COVID-19 Update43 New Positives, 34 Recovered – Since March 2020, this brings the total numbers as:
    – 333 active cases
    – 109,146 tests complete
    – 1,857 confirmed cases in Barbados since March 2020
    – 1,071 are male
    – 786 are female
    – 1,504 recovered/discharged
    – 20 deaths
  • February 9th, 2021: Barbados COVID-19 Update82 New Cases, 43 Recovered, Two Deaths – Since March 2020, this brings the total numbers as:
    – 324 active cases
    – 108,831 tests complete
    – 1,814 confirmed cases in Barbados since March 2020
    – 1051 are male
    – 763 are female
    – 1,470 recovered/discharged
    – 20 deaths
  • February 8th, 2021: Barbados COVID-19 Update23 New Positives, 27 Recovered – Since March 2020, this brings the total numbers as:
    – 287 active cases
    – 108,286 tests complete
    – 1,732 confirmed cases in Barbados since March 2020
    – 1014 are male
    – 718 are female
    – 1,427 recovered/discharged
    – 18 deaths
  • February 7th, 2021: Barbados COVID-19 Update33 New Cases, 51 Recovered – Since March 2020, this brings the total numbers as:
    – 291 active cases
    – 1,709 confirmed cases in Barbados since March 2020
    – 1000 are male
    – 709 are female
    – 106,949 tests complete
    – 1,400 recovered/discharged
    – 18 deaths
  • February 6th, 2021: Guidance For Providers Conducting COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Testing – The Ministry of Health and Wellness has advised that Rapid Antigen Testing for COVID-19 may be performed in specific circumstances and by providers sanctioned by the Ministry.

Rapid Antigen Testing for COVID-19 in Barbados may be performed under the following circumstances:

For outbound passengers, the Healgen Coronavirus Antigen Rapid Test and the Sinopharm Rapid Test are currently accepted by the United Kingdom. While the United States of America accepts Rapid Antigen tests, Canada does not accept them.

Private providers must request permission from the Ministry of Health and Wellness to perform rapid testing by emailing the office of the Chief Medical Officer at cmo@health.gov.bb. Further guidelines on the testing process will be shared with providers.

The use of rapid tests, which are not sanctioned by the Ministry of Health and Wellness, is discouraged. The Ministry also advises that rapid tests should only be used for the circumstances outlined above.

Ministry of Health and Wellness

  • February 6th, 2021: Barbados COVID-19 Update20 New Positives, 60 Recovered, One Death – Since March 2020, this brings the total numbers as:
    – 309 active cases
    – 1,676 confirmed cases in Barbados since March 2020
    – 984 are male
    – 692 are female
    – 104,838 tests complete
    – 1,349 recovered/discharged
    – 18 deaths
  • February 5th, 2021: Barbados COVID-19 UpdateTwo More COVID-19 Deaths; Toll Now At 18. It has been a difficult 48 hours in the fight against COVID-19 in Barbados. A third and fourth Barbadian have died in this period, bringing the death toll from the virus to 18.
  • February 5th, 2021: Data Collected In “Seek And Save” ProtectedThe data being collected by student volunteers in “Operation Seek and Save” will be protected. Head of the Department of Management Studies at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Dr. Dion Greenidge, gave this assurance yesterday, during a COVID-19 update and press conference. Stressing that every precaution had been taken to ensure the security of the data being collected, Dr. Greenidge stated: “The data comes in real-time or almost real-time, and that comes through a secure server; only persons who have access credentials can access that server.” In addition, Dr. Greenidge shared that the cell phones being used to collect the data were not the personal property of the student volunteers, and calls could not be made on those phones. He said once the volunteer had completed the survey and it was uploaded, “it comes to the server; they can’t go back and look at that information”.
  • February 5th, 2021: Barbados COVID-19 UpdateTwo Deaths, 15 New Positives, 15 Discharged – Since March 2020, this brings the total numbers as:
    – 309 active cases
    – 1,656 confirmed cases in Barbados since March 2020
    – 973 are male
    – 683 are female
    – 106,036 tests complete
    – 1,289 recovered/discharged
    – 17 deaths
  • February 4th, 2021: Barbados COVID-19 UpdateCOVID-19 Update: 25 New Cases, 32 Recoveries – nine males and 16 females – were identified out of the 504 tests the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021. Since March 2020, this brings the total numbers as:
    – 359 active cases
    – 1,611 confirmed cases in Barbados since March 2020
    – 942 are male
    – 669 are female
    – 104,838 tests complete
    – 1,238 recovered/discharged
    – 14 deaths
  • February 4th, 2021: Barbadians Complying With COVID-19 DirectiveFrom all indications, Barbadians are handling well the second lockdown period, dubbed a “national pause”, and are complying with the latest COVID-19 directive. This was confirmed by Attorney General Dale Marshall this evening, as he spoke during a COVID-19 update and press conference.
  • February 3rd, 2021: Barbados is currently under a Level 3 Travel Advisory: Reconsider Travel due to health and safety measures and COVID-19 related conditions. Please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/ for further information on U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories.
  • February 3rd, 2021: Barbados Records Another COVID-19 Death 🙁The number of fatalities from COVID-19 in Barbados rose by one today, taking the total number of deaths to 15. The latest person to fall to COVID was a 62-year-old Barbadian male, who had been a patient at the Harrison Point Isolation Facility for the last nine days.
  • February 3rd, 2021: The Barbados Port Inc. (BPI) confirmed that four of its employees have tested positive for COVID-19. But operations at the Port of Bridgetown, currently focused on delivering essential and emergency cargo during this Government-mandated national pause, which runs from February 3rd to February 17th, 2021, are not expected to be disrupted.
  • February 3rd, 2021: Barbados COVID-19 UpdateCOVID-19 Update: 25 New Cases, 32 Recoveries – nine males and 16 females – were identified out of the 504 tests the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021. Since March 2020, this brings the total numbers as:
    – 359 active cases
    – 1,611 confirmed cases in Barbados since March 2020
    – 942 are male
    – 669 are female
    – 104,838 tests complete
    – 1,238 recovered/discharged
    – 14 deaths
  • February 3rd, 2021: Mask Wearing Mandatory From February 3 – Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021, mask-wearing in Barbados will be mandatory except for those who cannot wear a face covering as a result of a physical condition or other special circumstances. Attorney General Dale Marshall made this position clear yesterday, during a COVID-19 update press conference at Ilaro Court.
  • February 2nd, 2021: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Key Information for Travelers to Barbados.
  • February 2nd, 2021: COVID-19 Infographic – Directive (February 3-17, 2021) – Emergency Management (COVID-19) Infographic – Curfew (No. 3) Directive, 2021 – from the COVID Communications Unit Barbados – Curfew from 7 pm – 6 am Daily. Rules for everyone in Barbados.
  • confirmed today that four of its employees have tested positive for COVID-19. But operations at the Port of Bridgetown, currently focused on delivering essential and emergency cargo during this Government-mandated national pause, which runs from February 3rd to February 17th, 2021, are not expected to be disrupted.
  • February 2nd, 2021: New Compliance Team For ProtocolsTo ensure Barbadians adhere to the established COVID-19 protocols at every level, the Government will be putting in place a new team headed by a Chief Compliance Officer.
  • February 2nd, 2021: Prime Minister Urges Public To Pause, Reflect & RestPrime Minister Mia Amor Mottley has called on the public to use the “period of “national pause,” from February 3 to 17, for pause, rest, reflection, and renewal of self. She urged families not to let down their guard within their homes and encouraged persons to reduce their movements at this time.
  • February 2nd, 2021: Prime Minister To Public: Cooperate With Survey Teams. The public is being urged to be cooperative and honest in completing the COVID-19 Community Evaluation Survey being conducted by over 300 student volunteers. Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley is encouraging all Barbadians to cooperate with teams from the “Seek and Save” project, starting tomorrow. She said students from The University of West Indies would be going to every possible household to ask questions about the occupants’ health.
    “We now have over 400 persons who were trained by The University of the West Indies in the last few days to do the questions and to be able to ask you the questions in your households.
  • February 2nd, 2021: How To Protect Family Members From COVID-19To curb the spread of COVID-19, public health officials in the Ministry of Health and Wellness have issued some life-saving advice on how persons should interact with members of their families. Persons are asked to avoid mingling or close interaction with relatives or friends who are not members of their households.
  • February 2nd, 2021: Barbados COVID-19 UpdateCOVID-19 Update: 28 New Cases, 37 Recovered. Since March 2020, this brings the total numbers as:
    – 366 active cases
    – 1,586 confirmed cases in Barbados since March 2020
    – 933 are male
    – 653 are female
    – 104,334 tests complete
    – 1,206 recovered/discharged
    – 14 deaths
  • February 2nd, 2021: Barbados To Receive 100,000 COVID-19 Vaccines SoonBarbados’ frontline workers are expected to begin receiving the COVID-19 vaccine “very shortly.” The first batch of vaccines is expected to target 50,000 frontline workers, including doctors, nurses, those who work with medical facilities or other essential services to the country, police, and hotel and supermarket workers. Barbados had received a commitment from India for 100,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.
    CNN: AstraZeneca vaccine appears to reduce transmission of the coronavirus, study shows substantially.
    BBC: France’s Health Authority made an official recommendation on 2 February that the vaccine should not be used for people over 65. It said more studies were needed before it was rolled out to older age groups.
    Washington Post: Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine may help reduce transmission, developers say.
    New York Times: The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is based on the virus’s genetic instructions for building the spike protein. But unlike the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, which store the instructions in single-stranded RNA, the Oxford vaccine uses double-stranded DNA. Read more about how COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca confirms 100% protection against severe disease, hospitalization, and death in Phase III trials’ primary analysis.
  • February 2nd, 2021: Keep Positive – Key Tips For Coping With COVID-19With some Barbadians dreading the COVID-19 disease or fearing the pain and stigmatization associated with recovery, consultant psychiatrist Dr. Joy Sue is urging everyone to zero in on the positives. The advice came on Saturday evening as she addressed a press conference at Ilaro Court, providing several ideas on how to manage our time and ourselves to minimize stress, fear, and anxiety and feel a sense of peace, mental well-being, and general wellness as the island moves to a “national pause” from February 3 to 17. She noted several people presented with problems such as anxiety, insomnia, or difficulties with sleeping. And, she added that others, after the pause, presented in increased numbers with depression. As she outlined the coping mechanisms, the consultant psychiatrist stressed the importance of focusing on the positives that we still have in our lives.
  • February 2nd, 2021: Apply Now For Barbados Accommodation RebateIn a gesture of good faith, Barbados’ Government is offering a rebate to travelers whose test results took longer than three days to be processed. The rebate applies to travelers to the island between December 24, 2020, and January 31, 2021, who were impacted by delays of more than three days in receiving their second COVID-19 PCR test results.
  • February 1st, 2021: Check Emails For COVID-19 Test ResultsPersons awaiting COVID-19 tests are advised to check their emails, including their junk mail and spam, for the notification email from the Ministry of Health and Wellness. Members of the public should note that test results are normally sent from the following emails, pcrtestresults@shapebb.com and rapidtestresults@shapebb.com, or a Medical Officer.
  • February 1st, 2021: COVID-19 Update: 2 Deaths, 13 New Positives, 11 RecoveredSince March 2020, this brings the total numbers as:
    – 375 active cases
    – 1,558 confirmed cases in Barbados since March 2020
    – 901 are male
    – 622 are female
    – 103,468 tests complete
    – 1,139 recovered/discharged
    – 12 deaths

  • January 31st, 2021: COVID-19 Update: 22 New Cases, 19 RecoveredSince March 2020, this brings the total numbers as
    – 375 active cases
    – 1,545 confirmed cases in Barbados since March 2020
    – 911 are male
    – 634 are female
    – 102,948 tests complete
    – 1,158 recovered/discharged
    – 12 deaths
  • January 29th, 2021: Since March 2020, this brings the total numbers as
    – 372 active cases
    – 1,523 confirmed cases in Barbados since March 2020
    – 879 are male
    – 598 are female
    – 102,163 tests complete
    – 1,098 recovered/discharged
    – 11 deaths
  • January 28th, 2021: Since March 2020, this brings the total numbers as
    – 368 active cases
    – 1,477 confirmed cases in Barbados since March 2020
    – 879 are male
    – 598 are female
    – 101,253 tests complete
    – 1,098 recovered/discharged
    – 11 deaths
  • January 27th, 2021: Another Barbadian has passed away from COVID-19. The 48-year-old woman, who had an underlying illness, died on Tuesday, January 26. Since March 2020, this brings the total numbers as:
    – 353 active cases
    – 1,443 confirmed cases in Barbados since March 2020
    – 863 are male
    – 580 are female
    – 100,890 tests complete
    – 1,079 recovered/discharged
    – 11 deaths

January 27th, 2021 – New Entry Protocols From Midnight February 3rd, 2021. Two major changes to Barbados’ travel protocols will take effect from midnight, February 3rd, 2021. Those changes are a mandatory rapid antigen test on arrival on the island and a mandatory quarantine extension from two nights to five nights.

Antigen test (frequently referred to as a rapid test). This test detects protein fragments specific to the Coronavirus. It can be done in a clinic, doctor’s office, or hospital. Turnaround time for results is usually speedy, and in some cases, results can be reported within 15 minutes.

PCR test. PCR testing is considered the “gold standard” in SARS-CoV-2 detection. This test actually detects RNA (or genetic material) specific to the virus and can detect the virus within days of infection, even those who have no symptoms. The test can be done in a clinic, hospital, or even in your car. Turnaround time is longer, generally in the 2-3 day range, but results can be in as little as 24 hours. When demand is high, results can take a week or longer.

“Once you have a negative test, you will then go to a government authorized quarantine center, where you will then spend, and whether that is a free one, or whether that is one where you pay, you will then spend a minimum of five nights before a PCR swab is then taken to determine whether you are suitable for a safe exit from that facility.”

In addition to the two new protocols, visitors will still be required to present on arrival a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The Prime Minister stressed that the test must be taken no more than three days before travel to Barbados.

“All persons desirous of visiting Barbados shall be permitted to board a plane only if they have a negative PCR test, … no more than three days before departure. And I’m making this clear because, in some instances, people have been coming with a test result dated three days before; we want the tests to be done three days before, because that way, we know that you fall within the 72-hour category,” she explained.

Ms. Mottley further explained that requiring the COVID-19 PCR test to be taken 72 hours before travel and having a rapid antigen test on arrival would take care of the time of additional risk between taking the test the point of arrival.

She said if a traveler’s rapid antigen test results are positive, they will go immediately to the Harrison Point Isolation Facility for assessment.

January 27th, 2021 – New Entry Protocols From Midnight February 3rd, 2021. Two major changes to Barbados’ travel protocols will take effect from midnight, February 3rd, 2021. Those changes are a mandatory rapid antigen test on arrival on the island and a mandatory quarantine extension from two nights to five nights.

January 27th, 2021 – Prime Minister Declares War On COVID-19. Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley has declared war on COVID-19 as she announced a suite of new measures to save lives and reduce the risk of infection across the country. Noting that there were community spread and confirmation that the UK variant of COVID-19 is present in Barbados, the Prime Minister announced that the island would undergo a “national pause” from February 3rd to 17th, 2021, to fight back.

During that time, there will be many new measures introduced. These include:

  • An extended curfew from 7:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m.
  • The mandatory wearing of masks in public spaces from February 3.
  • Supermarkets opened Mondays to Fridays from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and are closed on weekends.
  • Gas stations (not the convenience stores) and pharmacies will open seven days a week.
  • The closure of all commercial banks from February 3 to 9. They will reopen on February 10.
  • The cashing of pension cheques dated February 1 by banks, post offices, and supermarkets from Thursday, January 28.
  • The closure of restaurants, bars, community shops, and gyms.
  • Remote working for the public sector and private sector entities, where possible.
  • No vending and closure of markets.
  • Cessation of construction projects in public and private sectors except for that on Highway One.
  • Visitors coming into Barbados must have a negative PCR test taken three days before travel and receive a rapid antigen test on arrival and quarantine at a Government-approved center for a minimum of five days before undergoing another test.
  • Systematic household testing of residents for the virus to ensure that persons received early treatment.
  • However, the Prime Minister has given the country the next seven days to prepare for the “national pause.”

“So, that I am asking us please to prepare ourselves for this pause, and to allow us to ensure that we can give our healthcare professionals the best chance at saving lives in this country and reducing the pressure on those who may have to go in the ICU,” she said.

  • January 27th, 2021 – Barbados’ Borders Will Remain Open During Lockdown – Barbados’ borders will remain open even though the island will go into a period of lockdown effective midnight, February 3rd, 21021. She pointed out: “We can’t shut down completely because we’re an island, and there is no way any of us in this country can predict the combination or permutation of instances, or opportunities, or needs that we will have to deal with. And as a result, we keep the airport and air flights travel open, but we minimize the numbers significantly.”
  • January 27th, 2021 – Changes To Supermarket Shopping & Banking From Feb. 3 – Residents across Barbados are being urged to plan their shopping over the next seven days as the island prepares to embark on a 15-day “national pause” to combat COVID-19.
  • January 27th, 2021 – Masks Are Mandatory From February 3 – The wearing of protective face masks in public and public buildings to protect against COVID-19 will be mandatory in Barbados from Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021.
  • January 27th, 2021CARPHA Confirms UK COVID-19 Variant In Barbados – The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has confirmed that the United Kingdom’s (UK) COVID-19 variant is present in Barbados.
  • January 27th, 2021 – Apply For Emergency Pass Electronically. Barbadians desirous of applying for an emergency pass are reminded that they can only do so electronically. Persons may visit the Barbados Government Integrated Portal to download the template, complete the form, and email it to emergency.pass@barbados.gov.bb. Additionally, persons are asked not to alter the form and complete it as is. Members of the public are strongly advised to only apply for an emergency pass for valid reasons.
  • January 26th, 2021: Since March 2020, this brings the total number of confirmed cases in Barbados to 1,443, of which 863 are male and 580 are female after 100,890 tests were completed. Currently, there are 761 active cases, 1,79 recovered/discharged, and 11 deaths.
  • January 25th, 2021 – Since March 2020, this brings the total number of confirmed cases in Barbados to 1,401, of which 848 are male, and 553 are female after 99,799 tests were completed of 742 active cases, 649 recovered/discharged, and 10 deaths.
  • January 24th, 2021 – Barbados Records 10th COVID-19 Fatality.
  • January 24th, 2021 – Public Health Officials Declare Community Spread Of Covid-19 in Barbados – Community spread, as defined by international agencies, is the inability to identify the source of infection. Minister of Health and Wellness, Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic, said there is evidence of community spread of Barbados’ viral illness. He announced January 23rd, 2021, during a televised press conference from Ilaro Court, stating that the decision to do so was based on public health officials’ consultation. “We know, based on what the public health officials have reported, we have reached the stage where we believe we are declaring that there is community transmission in Barbados. This is a situation we have discussed with the Pan American Health Organization, and we have informed them of our decision to do so,” he stated.
  • January 24th, 2021 – Minister Of Health Urges Public To Protect Families – This is the strong appeal from Minister of Health and Wellness, Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic, to members of the public who may have engaged in activities that exposed them to COVID-19 but are hesitant to come forward to be tested early. The Minister urged the public to follow the protocols, including the regular sanitizing of hands, wearing masks and engaging in physical distancing of six feet.
  • January 24th, 2021 – COVID-19 Cases At Prison On Decline – The number of COVID-19 infections at HMP Dodds Prison is on the decline, and rapid testing has been introduced at St. Philip penal institution.
  • January 24th, 2021 – Major Strides Made In Clearing Backlog Of Tests – Officials at the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory have worked assiduously to clear the backlog of PCR tests has been a major concern for citizens and visitors who have been waiting for long periods to receive their results. Minister Bostic continued: “We have practically cleared the backlog that existed, and we are trying to keep current by the timelines, and so on that, we would have established, and the lab right now is back to some degree of normalcy.
  • January 24th, 2021 – Businesses Should Continue To Follow Protocols – Business places should continue to follow the guidelines and protocols implemented by the Health Ministry since the discovery of the first COVID-19 case here last year.
  • January 24th, 2021 – Since March 2020, this brings the total number of confirmed cases in Barbados to 1,387, 841 are male and 546 female. A total of 99,537 tests were completed with 744 active cases, 634 recovered/discharged, and 9 deaths.
  • January 23rd, 2021 – Health Official Outlines Contract Tracing Procedures – Medical Officer of Health at the Glebe Polyclinic, Dr. Carl Ward, has sought to provide some understanding of the Ministry of Health and Wellness’s contact tracing procedures. Dr. Ward shared: “Contact tracing is the process by which, during an outbreak of anything, public health teams or officials, doctors, nurses, health inspectors, basically start to interview the ill person or persons with the condition, and start to get from them what we call a contact trace.”
  • January 23rd, 2021 – Hospital is still able To Provide Services Despite Positive Case – Minister of Health and Wellness, Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic, has given the assurance that the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) is still in a position to provide services, even though 10 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • January 23rd, 2021 – Barbados COVID-19 Situation Report Since March 2020, this brings the total number of confirmed cases in Barbados to 1,341, of which 812 are males and 529 female after 98,318 tests were completed. A total of nine (9) deaths, 710 active cases, and 622 totally recovered and discharged. New cases for the period of January 22nd, 2021 total seventy-two (72), while four (25) were discharged. The prison, HMP Dodds, now has 359 cases – 101 staff (38 females and 63 males) and 258 male inmates. Cases in Barbados have now reached 1,341 – 529 females and 812 males. Four persons have left the isolation facilities, bringing the total active cases to 710, and those who have recovered to 622. Nine persons have died from the viral illness.
  • January 23rd, 2021 – COVID-19 Update: 87 New Positives & Two Deaths Since March 2020, this brings the total number of confirmed cases in Barbados to 1,191, of which 713 are male, and 478 female after 93,972 tests were completed. A total of nine (8) deaths, 614 active cases, and 569 totally recovered and discharged.
  • January 20th, 2021 – Government Providing Testing For Outbound Travellers Since March 2020, this brings the total number of confirmed cases in Barbados to 1,191, of which 713 are male, and 478 female after 93,972 tests were completed. A total of nine (8) deaths, 614 active cases, and 569 totally recovered and discharged.
  • January 20th, 2021 –Barbados’COVID-19 Deaths Move To Nine.
  • January 20th, 2021 – Barbados Receives ‘Timely’ Donation From PAHO – The donation included personal protective equipment kits containing surgical masks, respirators, gloves, gowns, and face shields. PAHO also provided vital signs monitors, infusion pumps, and 20,000 rapid antigen-based diagnostic testing kits. In collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Tourism provides COVID-19 testing for outbound travelers. In collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Tourism provides COVID-19 testing for outbound travelers. During a press conference today at Ilaro Court, Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Senator Lisa Cummins, shared that 145 outbound travelers had been tested at the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory to receive their certification for travel. She said: “They have been, since Tuesday this week, … persons who have been able to come to the Best-dos Santos Lab to benefit from a combination of PCR tests for outbound travelers who are moving out to Canada … [and] to the United Kingdom; they have been able to benefit from antigen testing specifically.”
  • January 20th, 2021 –Barbados To Launch Rapid Test System For US Entry. Starting January 26, 2021, the United States will require travelers to present a negative COVID-19 test for entry into the country. Rapid tests are accepted. As a result, over the next week, Barbados’ Government will be announcing testing facilities dedicated to travelers to the U.S., where rapid tests will be administered. This will allow for fast-tracking of results for these special cases.
  • January 18th, 2021 –Travellers To U.K. Should Report For Rapid Test. Effective January 21, 2021, the U.K. will require travelers to present a negative COVID-19 test for entry into the country. Outbound U.K. travelers requiring a Rapid Antigen test to facilitate travel should present themselves to the Best-dos Santos Laboratory starting tomorrow, Tuesday, January 19, 2021, and continuing daily between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. The testing process will take approximately one-and-a-half hours from registration through test certification, so travelers are advised to plan accordingly.
  • January 18th, 2021 –Travellers To U.K. Should Report For Rapid Test. Effective January 21, 2021, the U.K. will require travelers to present a negative COVID-19 test for entry into the country. Outbound U.K. travelers requiring a Rapid Antigen test to facilitate travel should present themselves to the Best-dos Santos Laboratory starting tomorrow, Tuesday, January 19, 2021, and continuing daily between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. The testing process will take approximately one-and-a-half hours from registration through test certification, so travelers are advised to plan accordingly.
  • January 15th, 2021 – Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados. Emergency Management (Covid-19) Curfew Directive, 2021.
  • January 15th, 2021 – Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados. Eights Persons Receive First Round Of COVID-19 Vaccine in Barbados. Eight persons, including Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, have received their first round of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • January 14th, 2021New Health Policy For COVID-19. In light of the current challenges being faced by the Health Ministry, Government is considering adjustments to the existing COVID-19 strategy, given knowledge of the incubation period of this viral illness. Among these is the use of rapid testing technologies in collaboration with clinical assessments.
  • January 14th, 2021 – Advice For Parents In COVID-19 Environment – Parents are being urged to assure their children that they are doing everything necessary to protect them in this COVID-19 environment.
  • January 13th, 2021 – Curfew Extended Until January 31, 2021 – Barbados’ government has decided to extend the existing curfew from January 14 until January 31, 2021. The curfew was implemented on January 2nd to allow the government better to assess an outbreak of COVID-19 cases in Barbados. The curfew is intended to restrict activity and movement, leading to the further spread of the island’s disease. The curfew extension will restrict crowds’ gathering, which might also create conditions for increased COVID infections.
  • January 13th, 2021COVID-19 Update: 39 New Cases, 57 Discharged – Since March 2020, this brings the total number of confirmed cases in Barbados to 1,007, of which 395 are females, and 612 are males after 85,791 tests were completed with a total of 535 persons in isolation, 465 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • January 12th, 2021COVID-19 Update: 84 New Positives, Nine Recovered – Since March 2020, this brings the total number of confirmed cases in Barbados to 968, of which 377 are females, and 591 are males after 84,879 tests were completed with a total of 553 persons in isolation, 408 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • January 12th, 2021School Resumes With Online Classes On January 18 – Term Two of the 2020-2021 academic year will begin on Monday, January 18, 2021, with classes being taught online. Minister Bradshaw also assured the Ministry was working to ensure every student had access to a device. She revealed that over 8,680 students had received devices during Term One, which was also disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At that time, there was a blended approach to teaching, as it was a mix of face-to-face and online classes at some schools, while others were able to continue within the classroom setting.
  • January 12th, 2021Harrison Point Facility Is World-Class – Manager of the Isolation Facilities, Dr. Corey Forde, has described Harrison Point as a “world-class facility.” He said he and his team were aiming to continue to provide excellent care to patients, and he encouraged Barbadians to continue to support them. “I encourage all Barbadians to be proud of what you have …. We have an excellent, world-class facility. It’s not perfect, and I don’t think any place worldwide has a perfect facility. But, I think we have a great facility, and we have marshaled the troops within this facility to accomplish what we have accomplished within the country,” he stressed.
  • January 11th, 2021COVID-19 Update: Six Positives, 10 Discharged – Since March 2020, this brings the total number of confirmed cases in Barbados to 884, of which 368 are females, and 516 are males after 83,905 tests were completed with a total of 478 persons in isolation, 399 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • January 9th, 2021COVID-19 Cases A Seismic Shock To Health System – A seismic shock to the health system is how health personnel have described the largest outbreak of COVID-19 on the island of Barbados that has been linked to the December 26 – Boxing Day Bus Crawl. He said: “We had systems in place that was working for many, many months, but with this massive outbreak of nearly 200 cases in one day in one 24-hour period that we detected, it really put a significant strain on our systems, and in some cases, some of our systems that were working before broke down.”
  • January 9th, 2021 – Since March 2020, this brings the total number of confirmed cases in Barbados to 808, of which 347 are females, and 461 are males after 81,888 tests were completed with a total of 428 persons in isolation, 373 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • January 8th, 2021Masks Must Be Worn In Public Buildings – The wearing of masks inside public buildings is now mandatory. Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley said she had been in discussions with many public health persons over the past 24 to 36 hours, and she was satisfied with the decision taken.
  • January 8th, 2021Categories & Timelines For COVID-19 Testing – The wearing of masks inside public buildings is now mandatory. Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley said she had been in discussions with many public health persons over the past 24 to 36 hours, and she was satisfied with the decision taken. Minister of Health and Wellness, Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic, has announced several new categories that will guide testing for COVID-19 and the timelines for receiving results.
    Persons in Category One will receive their results within 24 hours. These include medical officers, primary contacts of positive cases, policemen, inmates of Her Majesty’s Prisons Dodds, soldiers, medical personnel, border security, immigration officers, customs officers, Barbados Port Inc. officers, patients awaiting tests for medical treatment, and patients in elder care facilities.
    Category Two, inbound and outbound visitors, can also expect results within 24 hours. Meanwhile, Category Three persons, secondary and tertiary contacts, will receive results in 36 to 48 hours. The last classification, Category Four, is for health officials to consider having a general curiosity and decide they just want to have a COVID-19 test. These individuals will get back their test results in 48 to 72 hours. The Health Minister added that the testing centers for Category One, only, will be the Best-dos Santos Testing Facility and Branford Taitt Polyclinic. Barbados ‘Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory‘ became one of the first in the Caribbean to acquire test kits and reagents for COVID-19 detection, with concurrent training of laboratory personnel in the new testing protocol. The provision of COVID-19 test kits and training was made possible by the PAHO Health Emergencies Department, who has worked in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Wellness to enhance national capacity in response to the Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).
  • January 7th, 2021 – Since March 2020, this brings the total number of confirmed cases in Barbados to 780, of which 334 are females, and 446 are males after 79,057 tests were completed of 438 persons in isolation, 335 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • January 6th, 2021 – Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados – Emergency Management (COVID-19) Protocol (Special Curfew) (No. 2) Directive, 2021
  • January 6th, 2021 – Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados – Guidance for COVID-19 testing January 2021
  • January 6th, 2021Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados – Since March 2020, this brings the total number of confirmed cases in Barbados to 743, of which 320 females and 423 males after 77,053 tests were completed with a total of 409 persons in isolation, 327 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • January 5th, 2021 – – Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados – Spike In COVID-19 Cases Continue. Barbados is continuing to experience a spike in COVID-19 cases. However, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Kenneth George, says the figures are trending downwards, and the 100 plus persons conducting the contact tracing exercise are making significant progress. For the two days, January 1st and January 2nd, the country recorded 211 new cases, including 121 staff and Her Majesty’s Prison inmates. For the following two days, January 3rd and January 4th, a total of 86 positive results emerged from 3,062 tests. This brings to 692 the total number of positive COVID-19 cases that have emerged from 75,889 tests conducted at the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory.
  • January 5th, 2021Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados – Since March 2020, this brings the total number of confirmed cases in Barbados to 692, of which 302 females and 390 males after 75,889 tests were completed with a total of 361 persons in isolation, 324 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • January 5th, 2021Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados
  • January 5th, 2021Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados – Prime Minister Mottley has disclosed that drone technology will assist with the enforcement of COVID-19 protocols for outdoor spaces where people are gathering. Speaking on the matter of visitors breaching quarantine, the Prime Minister stressed that Government is adamant about enhancing surveillance to suit the risk involved. As such, permission was received from the National Security Council to instruct the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) and the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) to use retired persons at this point. This, she said, is “until we can get through this period, and until we can have a sufficient level of vaccination in the country, however long that takes, whether it is three months, six months, another year.”
  • January 5th, 2021Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados – Proactive Treatment Key In Saving Lives. A proactive approach to treating persons diagnosed with COVID-19 has been highlighted as key in the island’s successful recovery rate. Barbados has recorded 324 recoveries and seven deaths since the first two cases were reported in March 2020. Persons who test positive would undergo an immediate clinical assessment. He said while most persons showed no symptoms, suddenly, deter authorities’ approach to the public health authorities’ approach to closely monitored patients. “You’re going to Harrison’s Point for that assessment, [which] is important because it allows us to benchmark you and put you in a category. It may be 24 hours; it may be 48 hours. You may not like it, but we have a dedicated team of medical staff.”I think why our rates in terms of deaths and complications associated with COVID-19 are really the lower end of the scale, since April [2 and and20], because of the phenomenon of watching people and seeing them moving from that symptomatic phase to asymptomatic phase. At that particular point, our competent and hardworking isolation consultants, Dr. Hassell and Dr. Lovell, really work with those patients at that particular stage…and we’re able to pull them back…. Our ultimate aim is to get them back to their families safely,” Dr. Forde explained. Providing a status report on the facility, he disclosed three (3) persons in primary intensive care; two Barbadians, one of whom is a resident of the United States, and a visitor from the United Kingdom. According to Dr. Forde, there were classified as severe COVID-19 patients but were all in stable condition.
  • January 5th, 2021Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados – QEH’s Status Re: Suspected COVID-19 Cases. Two nurses from the Medical Intensive Care Unit, who attended the bus crawl had been tested, in addition to 36 other persons – doctors and nurses. He said there were no reported positive cases from that sample. Referring to the Respiratory Unit, which has been closed, he said the two nurses who man that unit were swabbed and awaiting results. Also, there was a patient of a sister who tested positive, which had nothing to do with the bus crawl. In the Surgical Intensive Care Unit case, one patient had been swabbed, and that patient is said to be the mother of a prison officer. “The patient has been screened off; patient care has continued with all the necessary contingency plans and awaiting the report,” Dr. Walcott said. He also stated that the girlfriend of an employee from the Engineering Department, who attended the bus crawl, had tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, all staff in that department were tested. Dr. Walcott mentioned that a doctor, who is normally assigned to the Accident and Emergency Department, was tested as a possible secondary contact to two positive cases. He said her first test was negative, and she was waiting to have her second test done. About a doctor consultant, who also serves as a prison doctor, he said he was “on home quarantine pending a second test so that he would’ve been tested as part of the persons at the prison.”
  • January 5th, 2021Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados – Improvements Coming To COVID-19 Hotline. One of the Government’s COVID-19 hotline service providers has given the hotline’s hotline assurance to improve its technical service to the public. The 24-hour COVID-19 hotline number is 536-4500. It is operated by public health officers and has been set up to respond to queries about the coronavirus.
  • January 5th, 2021Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados – Chief Medical Officer: There Is No Community Spread. While there is the local transmission of COVID-19 in Barbados, there is no evidence to suggest there is community spread, says Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kenneth George. During a briefing last night, he spoke to update the country on the progress being made in the fight against the viral illness following a recent spike in cases. The Acting Chief Medical Officer explained that there was a difference between local transmission and community spread.“In Barbados, there is the local transmission (where the source of the transmission is known). We use the word clusters because clusters are small groups that w have said are connected, based on contact tracing. At this point, we do not have information to suggest that there is a community spread. What community spread indicates is that the contact tracing no longer can contain and identify contacts. We have not reached there yet. So, we have no community spread….”Community spread is where your efforts to contact trace are outstripped, and you don’t have control over your spread in your population. Therefore, you have community spread – you’ve lost your capacity to trace,” he explained.
  • January 5th, 2021Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados – All prison officers, civilian staff, and inmates of HMP Dodds Prisons were tested for COVID-19 and are now awaiting their second tests. Harrison Point & Prison Capable Of Managing Patient Load. Minister Walcott reported that the Harrison’s Point facility was not full and had “a capacity of 222 beds” at this point, and “was far short of that in terms of the numbers being accommodated there.”
  • January 4th, 2021Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados – Gov’t Receiving Assistance In Monitoring COVID-19 Strain. The government will be monitoring the new strain of COVID-19 reported in the United Kingdom (UK), with help from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).
  • January 4th, 2021Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados – Barbados recorded 211 new positive cases of COVID-19 between Friday, January 1, and Saturday, January 2, 2021, from a combined 2,570 tests conducted by the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory. The cases represent results for both visitors and locals. Since March 2020, this brings the total number of confirmed cases in Barbados to 606, of which 246 females and 360 males after 72,827 tests were completed with a total of 275 persons in isolation, 324 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • January 3rd, 2021Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados – Tracking Bracelets For Quarantined Persons. Persons in quarantine will soon be required to wear tracking bracelets. Our tracking bracelets have a tamper-proof mechanism, and they’re also water-resistant. As soon as anyone tries to do anything, an alarm goes off, and the command or control will receive those alerts, and we would then be able to respond. If a person goes out of the area that they’re supposed to be in, in quarantine, again the alarm goes off, and we will be able to respond promptly.
  • January 3rd, 2021Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados – Some 161 personnel and inmates at Her Majesty’s Prisons (HMP) Dodds, St. Philip, have tested positive for COVID-19, following an aggressive campaign of testing mounted by the Ministry of Health and Wellness over the past 48 hours. This comes on the heels of news that a bus crawl held on Boxing Day was the super spreader event, which led to a spike in local transmission among the staff and prison population. Four members of the Barbados Defence Force, who attended the event, also tested positive for the viral illness.
  • January 3rd, 2021Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados – We have 50,000 to 60,000 swabs available. We have over 100,000 rapid test PCR kits available, and we have some on order.… The lab has additional staff; there’s certainly no backlog at this stage.
  • January 2nd, 2021Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados – please click here to download Official Gazette, January 2, 2021 – Part A – No. 1 (Package) with the Emergency Management (COVID-19) Protocol (Special Curfew) Directive, 2021. New Special Curfew Directive In Place – Over the next two weeks, funeral services will have no more than 10 mourners, one officiant, the funeral director, and any other necessary staff. Also, weddings will only be attended by the bride, bridegroom, two witnesses, and the marriage officer. Places of religious worship shall only open for the conduct of funeral services, which shall be attended by no more than 10 mourners, one officiant, the funeral director, and any other necessary staff. During this two-week period, weddings should only be attended by the bride and bridegroom, two witnesses, and the marriage officer. About religious services’ day-to-day conduct, … all religious institutions have agreed that they will cease face-to-face functioning. Therefore, we are providing in this directive for the streaming and conduct of religious services, at which only three persons, including the officiant, shall be present. During the press conference, Mr. Marshall said because of the recent developments with the super spreader event; the Government needed to limit some of the social activities Barbadians had become accustomed to engaging in. He listed them as: No person shall host or attend a party, a recreational or competitive sporting event, a banquet, ball, dance or reception, a meeting of a fraternal society, private or social club or civic association or organization.No person may host or attend the social event known as a bus crawl, or a lime; nor attend a karaoke event. You may not host or attend a picnic. You may not host or attend any bus or other vehicular excursion. Barbadians will be allowed to continue to access beaches and parks, but only for the exercise, or in the case of a beach, for swimming. If a group of persons intends to gather at the beach or park, they must be from the same household and shall not exceed 10 persons. The curfew period was from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. and said during that period, no one should be on the roads or out of their residences unless they fitted within two exceptions.
  • January 2nd, 2021Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados – Six (6) Polyclinics To Be Opened For COVID-19 Testing
  • January 2nd, 2021Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados – Curfew Time Frame Amended Until January 9, 2021. A new curfew time frame is in effect until Saturday, January 9. This was announced on Friday night by Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley during a COVID-19 update. She said Barbados would be under a curfew from 9:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. daily, starting Saturday, January 2, 2021. Also, with immediate effect, no permission will be granted for social gatherings. This, the Prime Minister noted, is due to the number of positive cases arising out of the bus crawl held on Boxing Day. She added that it is being implemented to reduce the number of persons moving around so that contact tracing could be effectively and efficiently conducted and reduce further transmission. “We were allowing official gatherings of persons up to 50 or more, but now that we’ve seen the increased numbers of positives, I’ve equally advised the Attorney General that there are to be no banquets, social gatherings, fetes, limes of any number, whatsoever.”
  • January 2nd, 2021Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados – Prison Officers, BDF Soldiers Test Positive For COVID-19 – A super spreader event Boxing Day has led to an additional 45 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Barbados. Minister of Health and Wellness, Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic, disclosed during a press briefing last night that a bus crawl attended primarily by prison officers of Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) Dodds and some members of the Barbados Defence Force on Saturday, December 26, is being linked to the spike in cases. The 45 confirmed cases comprise 32 persons from HMP Dodds and four from the Barbados Defence Force (BDF). The four from the BDF and 17 from the Prison Service all attended the bus crawl. In a previous press conference on New Year’s Eve, Minister Bostic indicated five positive cases, two of whom were prison officers, which were under investigation by his Ministry. He revealed that following aggressive contact tracing and testing that began on Thursday evening, there were currently 100 cases under active investigation. “This bus crawl is now considered as a super spreader event. The Ministry of Health and Wellness intends to test or swab all prison officers tonight and the prison population’s remainder by tomorrow.
  • January 2nd, 2021Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados – Prison Security Not Compromised – the security complement at the prison was supported by personnel from the Barbados Defence Force and the Royal Barbados Police Force.
  • January 2nd, 2021Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados – Appeal For Public Cooperation In COVID-19 Fight – The Ministry of Health and Wellness has embarked on an aggressive contact tracing exercise, as it seeks to contain the spread of COVID-19. And Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Kenneth George, is appealing to public members to cooperate with personnel. This comes in light of investigations into the latest confirmed cases, which involve members of the Barbados Prison Service and the Barbados Defence Force, some of whom attended a bus crawl on December 26, 2020. There are 48 persons in total in isolation…;12 of those individuals are in primary, but the majority- 32 are in tertiary. When you’re in tertiary, it simply means you are mainly asymptomatic or have no symptoms. So, therefore, still, for Barbados, over 80 percent of the cases we have been seeing are asymptomatic,” he stated.
  • January 1st, 2021Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados – Public Urged To Adhere To Curfew and Protocols – Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley is urging Barbadians to adhere to the recently imposed nightly curfew and the COVID-19 protocols, which include wearing of masks and regular sanitizing of hands.
  • January 1st, 2021 – Gazette December 31, 2020, Part A with DIRECTIVES – TO USE
  • January 1st, 2021Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados – In response to recent questions from members of the press and public regarding the presence of the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) and the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) at Her Majesty’s Prison Dodds, I wish to confirm that this is part of the Government’s protocol in managing the situation at the prison. Following the confirmation of two prison officers testing positive for COVID-19, we have commenced testing all officers and inmates present at the facility. As a means of due diligence during this testing process, some staff and officers have been quarantined, leading to a need for the reorganization of shifts at the prison, pending results. The deployment of the RBPF and the BDF is to supplement the shifts and security arrangements until normal service resumes. There have been no reports of incidents at the prison, and the security at the prison is under control. The prison’s integrity and its population’s safety is of paramount concern, and all applicable resources will be utilized in this pursuit.
  • January 1st, 2021Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados – Twelve (12) New Cases. Barbados’ confirmed cases of COVID-19 have now risen to 395, of which 208 females and 187 males after 12 more persons tested positive for the viral illness. Nine (9) visitors – four (4) males and five (5) females – whose ages range from 17 to 59, are all asymptomatic. Five (5) of them, who came into the island between December 21 and 29, 2020, on British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, American Airlines, and Jet Blue, tested positive on their second test. The other four came into contact with known cases. Since March 2020, this brings the total number of confirmed cases in Barbados to 395, of which 208 females and 187 males after 70,257 tests were completed with a total of 69 persons in isolation, 319 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths. Two other persons, Barbadian males, aged 35 and 62, who arrived in Barbados on December 29, 2020, on Jet Blue, tested positive on their second test. They are also asymptomatic. The final person, a 46-year-old male resident, who is symptomatic, came into contact with a known cause.
  • January 1st, 2021Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados – Please click here to download the Emergency Management (COVID-19) Protocol (Special Curfew) Directive 202

  • December 31st, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados – Eleven (11) New Cases, Seven Recoveries. Three (3) Barbadians – two males and a female; two male residents, and six visitors. Five (5) persons are symptomatic, while the remaining six (6) are asymptomatic. The three (3) visitors arrived on the island aboard British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, while the other three came into contact with known cases. Since March 2020, this brings the total number of confirmed cases in Barbados to 383, of which 203 females and 180 males after 69,718 tests were completed with 57 persons in isolation, 319 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • December 31st, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados – Barbados Under Curfew Until January 14, 2021 – Barbados will be under a curfew the next two weeks, beginning midnight Thursday, December 31. This will be in effect from midnight until 5:00 a.m. daily, until January 14. Five (5) Barbadians, including two officers of the Barbados Prison Service, who do not have a travel history, had been infected with the virus. There will be no school between now and the 14th [of January] in terms of physical attendance whatsoever.
  • December 31st, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados – Barbados has recorded 10 new positive cases. Of those 10, five are of concern to the Ministry of Health Wellness and are Under Active Investigation.
  • December 31st, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados – Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley updated Barbadians on the status of COVID-19 from Ilaro Court and announced the country would go on pause from December 31, 2020, to January 14, 2021, to allow public health workers to undertake aggressive contact tracing, and testing of persons who might have come into contact with five Barbadians, diagnosed among the 10 COVID-19 positive cases reported today.
  • December 30th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of BarbadosChanges In COVID-19 Travel Protocols – December 28, 2020. Barbados’ updated COVID-19 travel protocols, which took effect from Monday, December 28, indicate that due to limited capacity, Government’s free quarantine facilities will be reserved for Barbadians and permanent residents arriving on the island. It is now also mandatory for all persons traveling to Barbados from high and medium risk countries to have a negative COVID-19 test result, which should be taken at an accredited or certified facility within three days before arrival. Over the next few days, you won’t be able to leave your room/suite until you receive your 2nd COVID-19 negative test result. Travelers from High and Medium-Risk Countries will be retested 5 days after their first accepted test. The updated travel protocols, including the list of countries in all categories – high, medium, low, and very low – may be viewed by clicking here. You can find several FAQs regarding Requirements for Entry, Testing, Taking your 2nd COVID-19 test in Barbados, Accommodation, Monitoring, Self-Isolation, and Special Requirements. Mobile Testing for COVID-19 PCR test, can we ordered now at Stage Zero Life Sciences in the USA and Canada. A Healthcare Professional Will Come to Your Home to Collect Your Sample. Read all of the details at the above link at Stage Zero Life Sciences.
  • December 30th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados – One (1) New Cases and Five (5) recoveries – The visitor, who is asymptomatic, arrived in Barbados on SVG Air on December 21 and tested positive on his second test. Since March 2020, this brings the total number of confirmed cases in Barbados to 372, of which 200 females and 172 males after 69,252 tests were completed with a total of 53 persons in isolation, 312 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths. Public Urged To Report COVID-19 Breaches.
  • December 29th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of BarbadosEmergency Management (COVID-19) Protocol Directive, 2020 – Please click here to download the  Emergency Management (Covid-19) Protocol (Special) Directive, 2020 and click here to download the Emergency Management (Covid-19) Protocol (No. 4) (Amendment) Directive, 2020.
  • December 29th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados – Six (6) New Cases and Two (2) recoveries – Six visitors tested positive for COVID-19. They are aged 33 and 38, who arrived on the island on December 28 on Virgin Atlantic, and a 51-year-old female was in contact with a known cause. Testing positive on their second test was a 30-year-old male, who came in on Virgin Atlantic on December 27; and two females, aged 11 and 30, arrived on British Airways on December 20 and 27. They were all asymptomatic.
    Since March 2020, this brings the total number of confirmed cases in Barbados to 371, of which 200 females and 171 males after 68,678 tests were completed with 57 persons in isolation, 307 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • December 29th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados – The government has strengthened its ability to monitor quarantine sites and a crackdown on persons and entities in violation of the island’s COVID-19 protocols with the establishment of a COVID Rapid Response Unit and a COVID Engagement Unit. Dr. Walcott revealed that the COVID-19 Rapid Response Unit would comprise members of the Royal Barbados Police Force and the Barbados Defence Force.
  • December 29th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados – Barbados’ Management Of COVID-19 Guided By Science –
  • December 28th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of BarbadosNew Limited COVID-19 Directive Being Put In Place. A new limited COVID-19 directive covering December 30, 2020, to midnight on January 6, 2021, is being put in place to buttress the current one. He noted that under the new limited directive, any person who wished to host an event for more than 150 people must seek the COVID-19 MonitoringUnit’s permission.
  • December 28th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados – Three (3) New Cases – Those testing positive are a 44-year-old male visitor, who arrived on Jet Blue on December 26, and a 26-year-old male visitor, and a 52-year-old female visitor, who each came into contact with a known cause. They are all asymptomatic. Since March 2020, this brings the total number of confirmed cases in Barbados to 365, of which 195 females and 170 males after 67,709 tests were completed with a total of 50 persons in isolation, 305 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • December 28th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados – Six New Cases, Four Recoveries – They came into the island between December 18 and 24, on the air carriers Jet Blue, American Airlines, and British Airways. Five of them – two male and two female visitors and a Barbadian female – tested positive on their second tests. The sixth person, a 79-year old female visitor, came into contact with a known case. Since March 2020, this brings the total number of confirmed cases in Barbados to 362, of which 194 females and 168 males after 66,649 tests were completed with a total of 50 persons in isolation, 305 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • December 26th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados – Four New Cases, Five Recoveries. Since March 2020, this brings the total number of confirmed cases in Barbados to 356, of which 190 females and 166 males after 66,066 tests were completed with 48 persons in isolation, 301 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • December 26th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados – Five (5) new cases of COVID-19 and four (4) recoveries recorded. Since March 2020, this brings the total number of confirmed cases in Barbados to 352, of which 187 females and 165 males after 65,977 tests were completed with a total of 49 persons in isolation, 296 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • December 25th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados – Two new cases of COVID-19 and one recovery recorded. Since March 2020, this brings the total number of confirmed cases in Barbados to 347, of which 182 females and 165 males after 65,473 tests were completed with 48 persons in isolation, 292 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths. In the face of a new COVID-19 strain, Barbadians and Visitors are reminded that they must follow the health protocols implemented by the Ministry of Health and Wellness.
  • December 24th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados – 16 New COVID-19 Cases Recorded. Since March 2020, this brings the total number of confirmed cases in Barbados to 345, of which 181 females and 164 males after 64,473 tests were completed with a total of 47 persons in isolation, 291 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths. In the face of a new COVID-19 strain, Barbadians and Visitors are reminded that they must follow the health protocols implemented by the Ministry of Health and Wellness.
  • December 23rd, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados – Report Breaches Of COVID-19 Protocols – Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Senator Lisa Cummins, is encouraging the public to report any occurrence of breaches of the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ COVID-19 protocols.
  • December 23rd, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados – Best-Dos Santos Lab To Operate 24-Hours.
  • December 23rd, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados – Five visitors returned positive results for COVID-19. Two arrived on British Airways on December 18; a 37-year-old woman and a 42-year-old man, who both came in on British Airways on December 19; and a 41-year-old man arrived on American Airlines on December 19. They were all asymptomatic and tested positive on their second tests. Since March 2020, this brings the total number of confirmed cases in Barbados to 327, of which 172 females and 155 males after 61,923 tests were completed with a total of 36 persons in isolation, 284 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths. In the face of a new COVID-19 strain, Barbadians and Visitors are reminded that they must follow the health protocols implemented by the Ministry of Health and Wellness.
  • December 22nd, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados – Five visitors returned positive results for COVID-19. Two arrived on British Airways on December 18; a 37-year-old woman and a 42-year-old man, who both came in on British Airways on December 19; and a 41-year-old man arrived on American Airlines on December 19. They were all asymptomatic and tested positive on their second tests. Since March 2020, this brings the total number of confirmed cases in Barbados to 327, of which 172 females and 155 males after 61,923 tests were completed with a total of 36 persons in isolation, 284 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths. In the face of a new COVID-19 strain, Barbadians and Visitors are reminded that they must follow the health protocols implemented by the Ministry of Health and Wellness.
  • December 21st, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados – One (1) person tests positive – A male visitor tested positive for COVID-19. Since March 2020, this brings the total number of confirmed cases in Barbados to 322, of which 170 females and 152 males after 61,024 tests were completed with a total of 32 persons in isolation, 283 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • December 20th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados – Minister Bostic: Let Caution & Common Sense Prevail.
  • December 20th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados – Six (6) people – A Barbadian and five visitors returned positive COVID-19 results. A visitor arrived on Virgin Atlantic on December 14; a Barbadian woman, who came in on American Airlines on December 16; and a 26-year-old female visitor, who arrived on American Airlines on December 18. The three other persons – two children, aged three and 11, and a 30-year-old woman, came into contact with a known case. Since March 2020, this brings the total number of confirmed cases in Barbados to 321, of which 170 females and 151 males after 59,894 tests were completed with a total of 33 persons in isolation, 281 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • December 20th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update by the Government Information Service of Barbados – Eight (8) people – two Barbadians and six visitors – tested positive for COVID-19. One of them, a Barbadian woman, arrived on British Airways, a male visitor, who came in on American Airlines on December 11; a Barbadian woman, who arrived on American Airlines on December 12; and a 60-year-old male visitor, who came into the island on British Airways on December 14. Also adding to the tally of confirmed cases is a female visitor, who arrived on Virgin Atlantic on December 14; a 29-year-old female visitor, who traveled to the island via Virgin Atlantic on December 16; a 24-year-old male visitor, who arrived on British Airways on December 16; and a 28-year-old female visitor, who arrived on Air Canada on December 17. With a total of 166 females and 149 males after 58,750 tests were completed. This brings the total to 27 persons in isolation, 281 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • December 18th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update – The 2020-21 Winter Tourist Season opened this week with players in the Public sector. Getting a clear mandate from Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley must be done to protect the health of Barbadians and visitors from COVID-19.
  • December 18th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update – Two visitors tested positive for COVID-19 via American Airlines and an 11-year-old child who came in on British Airways. The two, who arrived on December 14, were asymptomatic and tested positive on their second tests. Two persons were released from isolation. As a result, 20 people remain at the Harrison Point isolation facility. Since March 2020, the total number of confirmed cases in Barbados to 305. With a total of 159 females and 146 males after 57,019 tests were completed. This brings the total to 20 persons in isolation, 278 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • December 17th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update – Four more visitors tested positive for COVID-19. One of them arrived on American Airlines on December 13, while the other three arrived on British Airways on December 14. They were asymptomatic and tested positive on their second tests. Since March 2020, the total number of confirmed cases in Barbados to 305. With a total of 159 females and 146 males after 57,019 tests were completed. This brings the total to 20 persons in isolation, 278 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • December 16th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update – Four visitors tested positive for COVID-19. They include two women, aged 42 and 37, who arrived on American Airlines on December 10 and 11. The other cases came in on Virgin Atlantic on December 12 and British Airways on December 13. All of the visitors were asymptomatic and tested positive on their second tests. Since March 2020, the total number of confirmed cases in Barbados to 301. With a total of 156 females and 145 males after 56,097 tests were completed. This brings the total to 20 persons in isolation, 274 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • December 15th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update – a visitor, who arrived on British Airways on December 11, returned a positive result on the second test. He was asymptomatic. Since March 2020, the total number of confirmed cases in Barbados to 297. With a total of 154 females and 143 males after 55,233 tests were completed. This brings the total to 17 persons in isolation, 273 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • December 14th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update – Two male visitors tested positive for COVID-19. Since March 2020, the total number of confirmed cases in Barbados to 296. With a total of 154 females and 142 males after 54,434 tests were completed. This brings the total to 17 persons in isolation, 272 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • December 12th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update – A Barbadian woman and a male visitor returned positive results for COVID-19 on Friday. Since March 2020, the total number of confirmed cases in Barbados to 294. With a total of 153 females and 141 males after 53,732 tests were completed. This brings the total to 17 persons in isolation, 270 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • December 11th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update – A 26-year-old visitor has tested positive for COVID-19 who arrived on British Airways on December 9 and returned a positive result after a second test. She was asymptomatic. Since March 2020, this brings the total number of confirmed cases in Barbados to 292. With a total of 152 females and 140 males after 52,861 tests were completed. This brings the total to 16 persons in isolation, 269 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • December 10th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update – One New Case – A 52-year-old Barbadian woman is the latest COVID-19 positive case who arrived on JetBlue on December 2 was diagnosed with the viral illness after a second test. Since March 2020, this brings the total number of confirmed cases in Barbados to 291. With a total of 151 females and 140 males after 52,152 tests were completed. This brings the total to 15 persons in isolation, 269 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • December 8th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update – Two New Cases – Two visitors to the island went into isolation yesterday after returning COVID-19 with positive results. One arrived on Virgin Atlantic on December 5, while the other was diagnosed after coming into contact with a known positive case. 289 confirmed cases in Barbados. 149 females and 140 males after 50,369 tests were completed. 19 in isolation, 263 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • December 7th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update – Two New Cases – Two more visitors have tested positive for COVID-19 after undergoing second tests. Both arrived on December 2nd and 3rd via American Airlines and were asymptomatic. 287 confirmed cases in Barbados. 148 females and 139 males after 49,757 tests were completed. 20 in isolation, 260 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • December 5th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update – One New Case; Three Recoveries – on December 4th via American Airlines, and was asymptomatic. 285 confirmed cases in Barbados. 147 females and 138 males after 49,307 tests were completed. 18 in isolation, 260 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • December 4th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update – Three new cases – one via Caribbean Airlines flight on November 27; another one who arrived via Caribbean Airlines, and a 45-year-old male visitor, who came in on American Airlines. They both arrived on the island on November 30. 284 confirmed cases in Barbados. 147 females and 137 males after 48,896 tests were completed. 20 in isolation, 257 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • December 3rd, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update – Two new recoveries and two new cases via American Airlines on November 30, and was asymptomatic and another via Jet Blue on December 1st. 281 confirmed cases in Barbados. 145 females and 136 males after 48,582 tests were completed. 17 in isolation, 257 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • December 2nd, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update – One New Case via American Airlines on November 30 and was asymptomatic. 279 confirmed cases in Barbados. 144 females and 135 males after 48,176 tests were completed. 17 in isolation, 255 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • December 1st, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update – Two New Cases; Two Recoveries – 278 confirmed Barbados cases. 143 females and 135 males after 47,649 tests were completed. 16 in isolation, 255 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.

  • November 30th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update – Now new cases today;  three people will be released from isolation today – 276 confirmed cases in Barbados. 142 females and 134 males after 47,411 tests were completed. 16 in isolation, 253 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • November 29th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update – One positive case today; A 27-year-old male visitor was the only positive COVID-19 case recorded out of the 398 tests conducted yesterday. Three people will be released from isolation today – 276 confirmed cases in Barbados. 142 females and 134 males after 47,036 tests were completed. 19 in isolation, 250 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • November 28th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update – Five (5) new cases today; one (1) recovery – 275 confirmed cases in Barbados. 142 females and 133 males after 46,638 tests were completed. 18 in isolation, 250 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths. Those testing positive for the viral illness are a 44-year-old female visitor and a 55-year-old male visitor, who arrived on an American Airlines flight on November 21 and 26. The other three are male visitors aged 46, 43, and 30, who came into the island on Caribbean Airlines on November 27. All cases were asymptomatic.
  • November 27th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update – Four New Cases; Three Recoveries today;  three people will be released from isolation today – 270 confirmed cases in Barbados. 141 females and 129 males after 46,316 tests were completed. 14 in isolation, 249 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
    Four more people have tested positive for COVID-19 after undergoing second tests. They are a 31-year-old Barbadian man, who arrived on American Airlines on November 22; a 45-year-old male visitor, who came in on an American Airlines flight on November 21; a 47-year-old-male visitor, who arrived on November 20 via British Airways; and a 19-year-old female visitor, who arrived on November 20 on an American Airlines flight. They were all asymptomatic.
  • November 26th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update – Three New Cases; Three Recoveries – 266 confirmed cases in Barbados. 140 females and 126 males after 46,028 tests were completed. 13 in isolation, 246 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths. Three female visitors have been diagnosed with COVID-19 after undergoing second tests.
  • November 25th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update – One New Case, One Person Released – 263 confirmed Barbados cases. 137 females and 126 males after 46,623 tests were completed. 13 in isolation, 243 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • November 24th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update – Two New Cases – 262 confirmed cases in Barbados. 137 females and 125 males after 45,260 tests were completed. 13 in isolation, 242 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • November 23rd, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update – One New Case – 260 confirmed cases in Barbados. 136 females and 124 males after 44,868 tests were completed. 12 in isolation, 241 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • November 22nd, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update – Four (4) New Cases – 259 confirmed Barbados cases. 136 females and 123 males after 44,484 tests were completed. 11 in isolation, 241 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • November 21st, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update – Two (2) New Cases – 255 confirmed Barbados cases. 134 females and 121 males after 44,146 tests were completed. 7 in isolation, 241 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • November 20th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update – 253 confirmed cases in Barbados. 134 females and 119 males after 43,788 tests were completed. 5 in isolation, 241 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • November 19th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update – Visitor tests positive – 253 confirmed cases in Barbados. 134 females and 119 males after 43,420 tests were completed. 5 in isolation, 241 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • November 18th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update – One (1) new case – 252 confirmed Barbados cases. 133 females and 119 males after 43,135 tests were completed. 6 in isolation, 239 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • November 17th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update – Visitor tests positive – 251 confirmed cases in Barbados. 133 females and 118 males after 42,819 tests were completed. 6 in isolation, 238 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • November 16th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update – 250 confirmed cases in Barbados. 132 females and 118 males after 42,337 tests were completed. 5 in isolation, 238 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • November 15th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update – One New Case, Two Recoveries – 250 confirmed Barbados cases. 132 females and 118 males after 42,022 tests were completed. 5 in isolation, 238 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • November 14th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update – Two Recoveries – 249 confirmed cases in Barbados. 132 females and 117 males after 41,718 tests were completed. 6 in isolation, 236 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • November 13th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update – No New Cases – 249 confirmed cases in Barbados. 132 females and 117 males after 41,360 tests were completed. 8 in isolation, 234 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • November 13th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update – No Evidence Of Community Spread In Barbados – 249 confirmed Barbados cases. 132 females and 117 males after 41,360 tests were completed. 8 in isolation, 234 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • November 13th, 2020 – Barbados COVID-19 Update – Sea Dream Is Appreciative Of Barbados’ Assistance – Barbados has once again come to the aid of a cruise line partner in need of assistance. On Wednesday, November 11th, Barbados’e Government received a request for assistance from SeaDream I following reports of a suspected positive case of COVID-19 on board while at sea. The vessel, carrying 53 passengers and 68 crew, arrived in Barbados on Wednesday night, where they were met by port health officials who evaluated the situation and have been providing medical assistance. There are seven confirmed cases on board the vessel. The owner’s representative for the line, Andreas Brynestad, in a statement released today, said, “SeaDream is greatly appreciative of the Government of Barbados’ support and offer of medical resources to help us resolve this unfortunate situation. In our plans for our relaunch in the Caribbean, we aligned ourselves with Barbados largely because we knew of Barbados’ reputation as a cooperative partner.”
  • November 13th, 2020 – Barbados COVID-19 Update – Seven COVID-19 Cases On SeaDream 1 – A total of seven people on board the cruise liner, SeaDream 1, have tested positive for COVID-19 and are being transferred to the isolation facility at Harrison Point, St. Lucy.
  • November 12th, 2020Barbados COVID-19 Update – 249 confirmed cases in Barbados. 132 females and 117 males after 40,954 tests were completed. 9 in isolation, 233 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • November 11th, 2020Barbados COVID-19 Update – 244 confirmed cases in Barbados. 129 females and 115 males after 40,246 tests were completed. 6 in isolation, 231 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • November 10th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update – Two Caribbean Islands Shift Categories In Travel Protocols – Antigua and Barbuda, formerly on the list of countries deemed high-risk health authorities in Barbados, has now been moved into the medium-risk category. Additionally, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, which was in the medium risk category, has shifted to low risk. The updated list of countries in all categories – high, medium, low, and very low – may be viewed on the Barbados Tourism Marketing In website.
  • November 9th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update – 243 confirmed cases in Barbados. 128 females and 115 males after 39,722 tests were completed. 5 in isolation, 231 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • November 8th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update – 243 confirmed cases in Barbados. 128 females and 115 males after 39,394 tests were completed. 6 in isolation, 230 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • November 7th, 2020 – One (1) New Case, Two (2) Recoveries Barbados COVID-19 Update – a 69-year-old female visitor – 243 confirmed Barbados cases. 128 females and 115 males after 39,052 tests were completed. 6 in isolation, 230 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • November 6th, 2020 – Three (3) New Cases, Two (2) Recoveries Barbados COVID-19 Update – Three (3) visitors to the island tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday – 242 confirmed cases in Barbados. 127 females and 115 males after 38,521 tests were completed. 7 in isolation, 228 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • November 6th, 2020 – Two (2) Recoveries Barbados COVID-19 Update – 239 confirmed Barbados cases. 126 females and 113 males after 38,005 tests were completed. 6 in isolation, 226 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • November 4th, 2020 – One (1) More Case Today Barbados COVID-19 Update – A 33-year-old Barbadian male tested positive today out of the 464 tests conducted by the Best-dos Santos Public Laboratory. – 239 confirmed cases in Barbados. 126 females and 113 males after 37,546 tests were completed. 8 in isolation, 224 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • November 4th, 2020 – One (1) Recovery Barbados COVID-19 Update – 238 confirmed Barbados cases. 126 females and 112 males after 37,082 tests were completed. 7 in isolation, 224 recovered/discharged, and 7 deaths.
  • November 2nd, 2020 – One (1) New Case from Holland Barbados COVID-19 Update – 238 confirmed Barbados cases. 126 females and 112 males after 36,364 tests were completed—8 in isolation, 222 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • November 2nd, 2020 – 50 Countries Now In COVID-19 High-Risk CategoryEffective Tuesday, November 3, fourteen (14) more countries will be added to the list of those deemed high risk for COVID-19 by health authorities in Barbados, bringing the total number in this category to 50. High-risk countries are Antigua and Barbuda, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Iceland, Japan, Martinique, Norway, Sri Lanka, and the United Arab Emirates. These join 36 others in this category, including Barbados’ major tourism markets – the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada, and the Caribbean islands of Jamaica, Guyana, and Trinidad and Tobago. Five (5) countries are now deemed a medium risk for entry. These are Australia, Bermuda, New Zealand, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, and the Grenadines. There are only two countries in the low-risk category – Egypt and Greenland, while six are categorized as shallow risk – Anguilla, China, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, and St. Kitts and Nevis. All persons traveling to Barbados from high and medium risk countries must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test done at an accredited or certified facility within three days before arrival. However, persons arriving from Canada are allowed to be tested on arrival in Barbados if they cannot receive their test results in time for departure from their country. All high-risk passengers are required to quarantine at a designated hotel or approved villa at their own expense or free of charge at a government facility, up to the time of a second test, four to five days after the first test.
    At the end of the period, if they test negative, they are discharged from quarantine but will continue to be monitored for seven days from the time of arrival. Passengers from medium risk countries are monitored for seven days after arrival and must also undergo a second test within four to five days. Persons from low-risk countries are strongly advised to have a negative test taken within five days of arrival, and those who arrive without it will be tested on arrival. Those coming to Barbados from very low-risk countries do not require an entry test.
  • November 2nd, 2020 – New Emergency Management COVID-19 Protocols Emergency Management (COVID-19) Protocol (No. 4) Directive, 2020 – the Official Gazette – October 29, 2020 – Part A – No. 117 (Package) the Prime Minister on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer issue the following Directive for the period from the 29th day of October 2020 to the 27th day of March 2021. With effect from the 29th day of October 2020 to the 27th day of March 2021, every person and business establishment shall comply with this Directive.
  • November 1st, 2020 – One (1) Recovery Barbados COVID-19 Update – 237 confirmed Barbados cases. 126 females and 111 males after 35,884 tests were completed—7 in isolation, 222 recovered, and 7 deaths.

  • October 31st, 2020 – One (1) New Case, Three (3) Recoveries Barbados COVID-19 Update – 237 confirmed Barbados cases. 126 females and 111 males after 35,518 tests were completed—8 in isolation, 221 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • October 29th, 2020 – One (1) New Case Barbados COVID-19 Update – 236 confirmed Barbados cases. 125 females and 111 males after 34,998 tests were completed—10 in isolation, 218 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • October 28th, 2020 – Two (2) New Cases, One (1) Recovery Over Two Days Barbados COVID-19 Update – 234 confirmed Barbados cases. 124 females and 110 males after 34,310 tests were completed—9 in isolation, 217 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • October 27th, 2020 – Seven (7) recoveries Barbados COVID-19 Update – 233 confirmed Barbados cases. 123 females and 110 males after 33,795 tests were completed—8 in isolation, 217 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • October 25th, 2020 – Three (3) New Cases Barbados COVID-19 Update – 233 confirmed Barbados cases. 123 females and 110 males after 33,467 tests were completed—15 in isolation, 210 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • October 24th, 2020 – Three (3) New Cases, Two (2) Recoveries Barbados COVID-19 Update – 230 confirmed cases in Barbados. 122 females and 108 males after 33,136 tests were completed—12 in isolation, 210 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • October 23rd, 2020 – One (1) New Case, One (1) Recovery Barbados COVID-19 Update – 227 confirmed Barbados cases. 120 females and 107 males after 32,740 tests were completed—11 in isolation, 208 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • October 23rd, 2020 – Two (2) New Cases Barbados COVID-19 Update – 226 confirmed Barbados cases. 120 females and 106 males after 32,374 tests were completed—11 in isolation, 207 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • October 22nd, 2020 – Two (2) New Cases and Two (2) Recoveries – Barbados COVID-19 Update – 224 confirmed cases in Barbados. 119 females and 105 males after 31,982 tests were completed—9 in isolation, 207 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • October 21st, 2020 – One (1) Recovery – Barbados COVID-19 Update – 222 confirmed Barbados cases. 118 females and 104 males after 31,534 tests were completed—9 in isolation, 205 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • October 20th, 2020 – Quarantine BreachesIt is mandatory for all persons arriving in Barbados from countries categorized as high risk to go into quarantine for a period of four to five days from the receipt of their first valid negative COVID-19 PCR test. At the end of the period, they are retested, and if they continue to be negative for the virus are discharged from quarantine. Persons in breach of any of the quarantine stipulations will, on summary conviction, be subject to a fine of BDS $50,000, imprisonment for one year, or both.
  • October 20th, 2020 – One (1) Recovery – Barbados COVID-19 Update – 222 confirmed Barbados cases. 118 females and 104 males after 31,013 tests were completed—10 in isolation, 204 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • October 19th, 2020 – One (1) Recovery – Barbados COVID-19 Update – 222 confirmed Barbados cases. 118 females and 104 males after 31,013 tests were completed—10 in isolation, 204 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • October 18th, 2020 – One (1) New Case and Three (3) Recoveries – Barbados COVID-19 Update – 222 confirmed Barbados cases. 118 females and 104 males after 30,602 tests were completed—11 in isolation, 203 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • October 17th, 2020 – Two (2) New Cases and Five (5) Recoveries – Barbados COVID-19 Update – 221 confirmed Barbados cases. 117 females and 104 males after 30,241 tests were completed. 13 in isolation, 200 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • October 16th, 2020 –  One (1) New Case Barbados COVID-19 Update – 219 confirmed Barbados cases. 117 females and 102 males after 29,854 tests were completed—17 in isolation, 195 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • October 15th, 2020 – Three (3) New Cases and Three (3) Recoveries – Barbados COVID-19 Update – 218 confirmed Barbados cases. 117 females and 101 males after 29,397 tests were completed—16 in isolation, 195 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • October 15th, 2020 – Canada Moving Into COVID-19 High-Risk CategoryEffective Friday, October 16, Canada has been placed at high risk in the latest Barbados travel protocols. This is in response to an uptick of COVID-19 cases in the North American country. According to the updated protocols, travelers arriving from Canada are strongly encouraged to take a COVID-19 PCR test a maximum of three days before arrival. The protocol states that if persons arriving from this destination are unable to receive their test results in time for travel, they will be tested on arrival in Barbados. All persons from high-risk destinations arriving with a valid negative PCR test must remain in quarantine at an approved hotel or villa at their own expense or a government facility free of charge until their second test, which will be administered four or five days after the first. During this time, they will not be allowed to leave the property in which they are quarantining, and there will also be limited access to areas within the property. There are currently 35 countries listed as high risk in Barbados’ protocols.
  • October 15th, 2020 – Contact Information For COVID-19 Monitoring UnitThe COVID-19 Monitoring Unit now has a direct line and may be reached at +1 (246) 536-3865. The Head of the Unit, Ronald Chapman, may be contacted at +1 (246) 536-3855.
  • October 15th, 2020 – New Emergency Management COVID-19 Protocols & ProclamationClick The Official Gazette, September 28, 2020, Part A, No. 103 Package to download the following Official Gazette Part A 2020.09.28:
    – S.I. 2020 No. 52: A Proclamation declaring that a public health emergency exists in Barbados
    – S.I. 2020 No. 53: Emergency Management (COVID-19) (Nurses) (No. 2) Order, 2020.
    – S.I. 2020 No. 54: Emergency Management (COVID-19) (Medical Practitioners) Order, 2020.
    – S.I. 2020 No. 55: Emergency Management (COVID-19) (No. 2) Order, 2020.
    – S.I. 2020 No. 56: A Proclamation re Medicinal Cannabis Industry Act, 2019.– Emergency Management (COVID-19) Protocol (No. 3) Directive, 2020
    – Emergency Management (COVID-19) Churches (No. 4) Directive, 2020
  • October 14th, 2020 – Five (5) New Cases and Five (5) Recoveries – Barbados COVID-19 Update – 215 confirmed Barbados cases. 116 females and 99 males after 29,017tests were completed. 16 in isolation, 192 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • October 13th, 2020 – Barbadian Man Tests Positive On Friday – Barbados COVID-19 Update – 206 confirmed Barbados cases. 113 females and 93 males after 27,350 tests were completed—16 in isolation, 183 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • October 12th, 2020 – Two (2) New Cases, Three (3) Recoveries – Barbados COVID-19 Update – 208 confirmed Barbados cases. 113 females and 95 males after 27,773 tests were completed—16 in isolation, 183 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • October 11th, 2020 – Barbadian Man Tests Positive On Friday – Barbados COVID-19 Update – 206 confirmed Barbados cases. 113 females and 93 males after 27,350 tests were completed—16 in isolation, 183 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • October 10th, 2020 – One (1) new positive case and one (1) recovery – Barbados COVID-19 Update – 205 confirmed cases in Barbados. 113 females and 92 males after 26,971 tests were completed—15 in isolation, 183 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • October 9th, 2020 – One (1) new positive case – Barbados COVID-19 Update – 204 confirmed Barbados cases. 112 females and 92 males after 26,443 tests were completed—15 in isolation, 182 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • October 8th, 2020 – No New Positives Following 575 Tests – Barbados COVID-19 Update – 203 confirmed cases in Barbados. 111 females and 92 males after 25,968 tests were completed. 14 in isolation, 182 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • October 7th, 2020 – Three (3) new imported cases – Barbados COVID-19 Update – 203 confirmed cases in Barbados. 111 females and 92 males after 25,393 tests were completed. 14 in isolation, 182 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • October 5th, 2020 – One (1) new cases – Barbados COVID-19 Update – 200 confirmed Barbados cases. 108 females and 92 males after 24,849 tests were completed—11 in isolation, 182 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • October 4th, 2020 – Three (3) new cases – Barbados COVID-19 Update – 199 confirmed Barbados cases. 108 females and 91 males after 24,628 tests were completed—10 in isolation, 182 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • October 4th, 2020 – Barbados COVID-19 Update – a cluster of COVID-19 cases within one family, six family members were diagnosed with COVID-19 between September 30 and yesterday. The cluster has been traced to a Barbadian woman who returned from the United Kingdom on September 19 and tested positive for COVID-19 after a second test on September 24 – 199 confirmed cases in Barbados. 108 females and 91 males after 24,628 tests were completed—10 in isolation, 182 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • October 4th, 2020 – Barbados COVID-19 UpdateThe Ellerslie School, Black Rock, St. Michael, will be temporarily closed for the next 14 days after a student there tested positive for COVID-19. The student, a 15-year-old female who is in Fifth Form, was one of three persons who recently tested positive for the virus.
  • October 3rd, 2020 – One (1) new case, three (3) recoveriesBarbados COVID-19 Update – 196 confirmed Barbados cases. 107 females and 89 males after 24,360 tests were completed—7 in isolation, 182 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • October 1st, 2020 – Three (3) new casesBarbados COVID-19 Update – 193 confirmed Barbados cases. 105 females and 88 males after 23,750 tests were completed—7 in isolation, 179 recovered, and 7 deaths.
    The new protocol requesting a repeat test four to five days after the first test is based on the World HealthOrganisation’s current evidence. We are convinced that even in these uncertain times that the public health of Barbadians will remain protected;
  • The mandatory pre-testing was instituted as a good public health measure to ensure that there would be a reduction in the risk of transmission of the COVID-19 virus from passenger to passenger while on a commercial airliner. This will be subject to continuous review;
  • The Ministry is working closely with private sector agencies to expand the availability of PCR COVID testing in the private sector for those willing to pay for such a service;

  • September 30th, 2020 – No new casesBarbados COVID-19 Update – 190 confirmed cases in Barbados. 103 females and 87 males after 23,468 tests were completed. 4 in isolation, 179 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • September 29th, 2020 – Barbados COVID-19 Update – Barbados Travel Protocols – released on September 24th, 2020.
  • September 29th, 2020 – No new casesBarbados COVID-19 Update – 190 confirmed cases in Barbados. 103 females and 87 males after 23,225 tests were completed—5 in isolation, 178 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • September 28th, 2020 – No new casesBarbados COVID-19 Update – 190 confirmed cases in Barbados. 103 females and 87 males after 23,032 tests were completed—5 in isolation, 178 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • September 27th, 2020 – No new casesBarbados COVID-19 Update – 190 confirmed cases in Barbados. 103 females and 87 males after 22,963 tests were completed—5 in isolation, 178 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • September 26th, 2020 – No new cases – Barbados COVID-19 Update – 190 confirmed cases in Barbados. 103 females and 87 males after 22,780 tests were completed—5 in isolation, 178 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • September 25th, 2020 – Barbados’ COVID-19 Protocols Also Beneficial To Tourists – The ‘strict’ COVID-19 protocols the Government of Barbados has implemented are beneficial not only for locals but also for visitors to the island as well.
  • September 25th, 2020 – One (1) new case, 3 recoveriesBarbados COVID-19 Update – 190 confirmed cases in Barbados. 103 females and 87 males after 22,536 tests were completed—8 in isolation, 175 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • September 24th, 2020 – No new cases – Barbados COVID-19 Update – 189 confirmed cases in Barbados. 102 females and 87 males after 22,212 tests were completed—8 in isolation, 174 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • September 23rd, 2020 – No new cases, 1 recovery – Barbados COVID-19 Update – 189 confirmed Barbados cases. 102 females and 87 males after 21,972 tests were completed—8 in isolation, 174 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • September 22nd, 2020The CARICOM Travel Bubble Has Started.
  • September 22nd, 2020 –Smooth Return To School On Day One.
  • September 21st, 2020 – No new cases – Barbados COVID-19 Update – 189 confirmed cases in Barbados. 102 females and 87 males after 21,578 tests were completed. 9 in isolation, 173 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • September 20th, 2020 – Four (4) new cases, one (1) recovery – Barbados COVID-19 Update – 189 confirmed cases in Barbados. 102 females and 87 males after 21,475 tests were completed. 9 in isolation, 173 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • September 18, 2020 – No new cases – Barbados COVID-19 Update – 185 confirmed cases in Barbados. 98 females and 87 males after 21,069 tests were completed—6 in isolation, 172 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • September 18th, 2020Guidelines for the Safe Operation of Schools in Barbados – download now.
  • September 17th, 2020 – No new cases – Barbados COVID-19 Update – 185 confirmed cases in Barbados. 98 females and 87 males after 20,768 tests were completed—7 in isolation, 171 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • September 16th, 2020 – One (1) new case, two (2) recoveries – Barbados COVID-19 Update – 185 confirmed cases in Barbados. 98 females and 87 males after 20,546 tests were completed—7 in isolation, 171 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • September 15th, 2020Option to Self-Isolate – Persons who test positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Barbados are now given the option to self-isolate at designated properties at their own expense.
  • September 15th, 2020Negative Test Mandatory To Enter From High And Medium Risk Countries – Effective Saturday, September 19, 2020, everyone arriving in Barbados from a country designated as high or medium risk for COVID-19 will be required to travel with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. Persons arriving without a valid negative test result may be denied entry. Test results must be submitted electronically at www.travelform.gov.bb, and travelers are also required to present a copy, bearing their name, on arrival.
  • September 15th, 2020 – One (1)  new cases, four (4) recoveries – Barbados COVID-19 Update – 184 confirmed cases in Barbados. 97 females and 87 males after 20,322 tests were completed—8 in isolation, 169 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • September 15th, 2020 – One (1)  new cases, four (4) recoveries – Barbados COVID-19 Update – 184 confirmed cases in Barbados. 97 females and 87 males after 20,322 tests were completed—8 in isolation, 169 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • September 14th, 2020 – Barbados Travel Protocols (Effective September 11, 2020) Barbados Travel Protocols (Updated September 11, 2020)
  • September 14th, 2020 – Two (2) new cases – Barbados COVID-19 Update – 183 confirmed Barbados cases. 96 females and 87 males after 20,121 tests were completed—11 in isolation, 165 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • September 13th, 2020 – Two (2) new cases – Barbados COVID-19 Update – 181 confirmed Barbados cases. 94 females and 87 males after 20,016 tests were completed—10 in isolation, 164 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • September 12th, 2020 – One (1) new case, six (6) recoveries – Barbados COVID-19 Update – 181 confirmed cases in Barbados. 94 females and 87 males after 19,790 tests were completed—10 in isolation, 164 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • September 11th, 2020 – One recovery – Barbados COVID-19 Update – 180 confirmed cases in Barbados. 93 females and 87 males after 19,444 tests were completed—15 in isolation, 158 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • September 10th, 2020 – One recovery – Barbados COVID-19 Update – 180 confirmed cases in Barbados. 93 females and 87 males after 19,140 tests were completed—16 in isolation, 157 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • September 8th, 2020 – One recovery – Barbados COVID-19 Update – 180 confirmed cases in Barbados. 93 females and 87 males after 18,762 tests were completed—17 in isolation, 156 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • September 6th, 2020 – One new case – Barbados COVID-19 Update – 179 confirmed cases in Barbados. 93 females and 86 males after 18,464 tests were completed—18 in isolation, 154 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • September 5th, 2020 – No new cases, one (1) recovery – Barbados COVID-19 Update – 178 confirmed Barbados cases. 92 females and 86 males after 18,205 tests were completed—17 in isolation, 154 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • September 4th, 2020Revised Definition For Quarantine Villas – A villa for quarantine is defined in the updated travel protocols, which came into effect today, Friday, September 4, as a self-contained accommodation unit, which shares no common areas with other properties such as gyms, laundry rooms or swimming pools. The villa must be for the exclusive use of the party of each reservation. Guests are not permitted to leave the accommodation during the quarantine period. There must be no visitors to the property, except the property manager or a villa management company representative. Staffing at the property must be at reduced levels, and staff must wear full industry-standard personal protective equipment while working. There must be 24-hour staffed security or security cameras monitored by a security firm in Barbados, capable of ensuring that quarantine is not violated.
  • September 4th, 2020 – One (1)  new case, three (3) recoveries – Barbados COVID-19 Update – 178 confirmed Barbados cases. 92 females and 86 males after 17,979 tests were completed—18 in isolation, 153 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • September 4th, 2020 – Ministry of Tourism & International Transport – Click here to download the Barbados Travel Protocols (Effective September 4, 2020), which come into effect from September 4, 2020.
  • September 3rd, 2020 – One (1)  new case, one (1) recovery – Barbados COVID-19 Update – 177 confirmed Barbados cases. 91 females and 86 males after 17,677 tests were completed—20 in isolation, 150 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • September 2nd, 2020 – No new cases, three (3) recoveries – Barbados COVID-19 Update – 176 confirmed cases in Barbados. 90 females and 86 males after 17,492 tests were completed. 20 in isolation, 149 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • September 1st, 2020 – Two (2) new cases – Barbados COVID-19 Update – 176 confirmed Barbados cases. 90 females and 86 males after 17,332 tests were completed—23 in isolation, 146 recovered, and 7 deaths.

  • August 31st, 2020 – No new casesBarbados COVID-19 Update – 174 confirmed cases in Barbados. 89 females and 85 males after 17,180 tests were completed—21 in isolation, 146 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • August 30th, 2020 – Three (3) new cases, four (4) recoveriesBarbados COVID-19 Update – 173 confirmed Barbados cases. 88 females and 85 males after 17,057 tests were completed—21 in isolation, 145 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • August 29h, 2020 – Four (4) new cases – Barbados COVID-19 Update – 170 confirmed cases in Barbados. 87 females and 83 males after 16,780 tests were completed—22 in isolation, 141 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • August 28th, 2020 – One (1) new case, one (1) recovery Barbados COVID-19 Update – 166 confirmed Barbados cases. 84 females and 82 males after 16,538 tests were completed—18 in isolation, 141 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • August 27th, 2020 – No new casesBarbados COVID-19 Update – 165 confirmed cases in Barbados. 84 females and 81 males after 16,356 tests were completed—18 in isolation, 140 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • August 26th, 2020 – One (1) new case, seven (7) recoveries Barbados COVID-19 Update – 165 confirmed cases in Barbados. 84 females and 81 males after 16,162 tests were completed—19 in isolation, 139 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • August 25th, 2020 – Three (3) new cases Barbados COVID-19 Update – 164 confirmed Barbados cases. 84 females and 80 males after 15,990 tests were completed—25 in isolation, 139 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • August 24th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update – 161 confirmed cases in Barbados. 84 females and 77 males after 15,811 tests were completed—22 in isolation, 132 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • August 23rd, 2020 – Three (3) new cases, six (6) recoveries Barbados COVID-19 Update – 161 confirmed Barbados cases. 84 females and 77 males after 15,717 tests were completed—22 in isolation, 132 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • August 22nd, 2020 – One (1) new case, two (2) recoveries Barbados COVID-19 Update – 158 confirmed cases in Barbados. 83 females and 75 males after 15,503 tests were completed—25 in isolation, 126 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • August 21st, 2020 – One (1) new case Barbados COVID-19 Update – 157 confirmed Barbados cases. 82 females and 75 males after 15,332 tests were completed—26 in isolation, 124 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • August 20th, 2020 – One (1) new case Barbados COVID-19 Update – 156 confirmed Barbados cases. 81 females and 75 males after 15,028 tests were completed—26 in isolation, 123 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • August 19th, 2020 – Two (2) new cases, one (1) recovery Barbados COVID-19 Update – 155 confirmed cases in Barbados. 81 females and 74 males after 14,879 tests were completed—25 in isolation, 123 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • August 18th, 2020 – One (1) new case Barbados COVID-19 Update – 153 confirmed Barbados cases. 81 females and 72 males after 14,674 tests were completed—24 in isolation, 122 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • August 17th, 2020 – One (1) new case Barbados COVID-19 Update – 152 confirmed Barbados cases. 81 females and 71 males after 14,542 tests were completed—23 in isolation, 122 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • August 16th, 2020 – One (1) new case, one (1) recovery Barbados COVID-19 Update – 151 confirmed cases in Barbados. 80 females and 71 males after 14,423 tests were completed—22 in isolation, 122 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • August 15th, 2020 – Two (2) new cases, two (2) recoveries Barbados COVID-19 Update – 150 confirmed Barbados cases. 79 females and 71 males after 14,217 tests were completed—22 in isolation, 121 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • August 14th, 2020 – Four (4) new cases, one (1) recovery Barbados COVID-19 Update – 148 confirmed Barbados cases. 77 females and 71 males after 14,037 tests were completed—22 in isolation, 119 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • August 13th, 2020 – Three (3) people discharged today Barbados COVID-19 Update – 144 confirmed Barbados cases. 75 females and 69 males after 13,657 tests were completed—19 in isolation, 118 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • August 12th, 2020 – One-year-old tests positive Barbados COVID-19 Update – 144 confirmed cases in Barbados. 75 females and 69 males after 13,489 tests were completed—22 in isolation, 115 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • August 11th, 2020 – Travellers to Barbados are reminded that they must adhere to all COVID-19 protocols, as set out in the Emergency Management COVID-19 Protocol (No.2) Directive, 2020.
  • August 11th, 2020 – Barbados COVID-19 Update – 143 confirmed cases in Barbados. 75 females and 68 males after 13,313 tests were completed—24 in isolation, 112 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • August 10th, 2020 – One (1) new case, no recoveries Barbados COVID-19 Update – 143 confirmed Barbados cases. 75 females and 68 males after 13,143 tests were completed—24 in isolation, 112 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • August 9th, 2020The Official Gazette Part A- 7 Aug 2020- SI 2020.38 and COVID-19 Protocol No.2 Directive, 2020
  • August 9th, 2020 – Four (4) new cases, four (4) recoveries Barbados COVID-19 Update – 142 confirmed Barbados cases. 75 females and 67 males after 13,016 tests were completed—23 in isolation, 112 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • August 8th, 2020 – Eight (8) people discharged today from isolation Barbados COVID-19 Update – 138 confirmed Barbados cases. 74 females and 64 males after 12,785 tests were completed—23 in isolation, 108 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • August 7th, 2020 – Retesting Results In Three New Cases Barbados COVID-19 Update – 138 confirmed Barbados cases. 74 females and 64 males after 12,570 tests were completed—31 in isolation, 100 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • August 6th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update – 133 confirmed cases in Barbados. 72 females and 61 males after 12,233 tests were completed—26 in isolation, 100 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • August 5th, 2020Barbados COVID-19 Update -Travelers to Barbados who are unable to receive a COVID-19 test in their country may do so on arrival in Barbados, where the test “is of a certain quality.”
  • August 5th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update – 133 confirmed cases in Barbados. 72 females and 61 males after 12,233 tests were completed—26 in isolation, 100 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • August 4th, 2020 Barbados COVID-19 Update – For the second day in a row, Barbados has recorded no new cases of COVID-19.
  • August 4th, 2020 – University of the West Indies – UWI COVID-19 Task Force Create Ethics Handbook.
  • August 3rd, 2020 – Barbados COVID-19 Update – 132 confirmed cases in Barbados. 71 females and 61 males after 11,711 tests were completed—27 in isolation, 98 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • August 3rd, 2020 – No new casesBarbados COVID-19 Update – 110 confirmed cases in Barbados. 61 females and 49 males after 10,771 tests were completed—8 in isolation, 95 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • August 3rd, 2020 – Travel Protocols For Barbados – Updated August 3, 2020 – download Travel Protocols for Barbados
  • August 2nd, 2020 – 12 new cases – Barbados COVID-19 Update – 132 confirmed cases in Barbados. 71 females and 61 males after 11,558 tests were completed—27 in isolation, 98 recovered, and 7 deaths.
  • August 1st, 2020 – No new casesour public health protocols are working – 122 confirmed Barbados cases. 66 females and 56 males after 11,288 tests were completed—17 in isolation, 98 recovered, and 7 deaths.




  • March 30th, 2020, Minister of Health and Wellness Jeffrey Bostic announced one new case, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 34.[20]
  • March 29th, 2020, Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anton Best announced seven new cases taking the total number of cases up to 33. Of those cases, 19 were imported, 11 were identified through contact tracing, and 2 were still being investigated. 16 of the cases were males, and 17 were females. By that date, Barbados had conducted 287 tests overall, and there was no evidence of community spread.
  • March 28th, 2020 – A public health emergency was declared, and a curfew would be in effect from March 28th to April 14th, preventing people from leaving their homes from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., with limited movement during the day. Businesses in the private sector would be closed from March 28th, 2020, by 8:00 pm until April 15th, 2020, except for those excluded by the government, such as groceries, pharmacies, gas stations, and farms specific allowed operating hours for each type of business. Restaurants would still be allowed to open but only for drive-through and take away services. People contravening the order without a reasonable explanation would be liable to a fine of BBD 50,000, one year in prison, or both.
  • March 27th, 2020, the Minister of Health announced that the total number of cases reached 26. By that date, Barbados had conducted 234 tests overall.
  • March 26th, 2020 – twenty-four (24) confirmed cases. Barbados entered stage three of the COVID-19 National Preparedness Plan.
  • March 24th, 2020 – Eighteen (18) confirmed cases.
  • March 23rd, 2020 – Visiting hours for hospitals were suspended. Penalties for breaching self-quarantine were published.
  • March 19th, 2020 – Three more cases were confirmed, bringing the total number of cases to five.
  • March 17th, 2020 – COVID-19 was confirmed to have reached Barbados with its first two cases and was isolated.
    The Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS) became the leading source of information about COVID-19 in Barbados.
  • March 11th, 2020 – Recognized as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO)

  • January 30th, 2020 – It was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

  • December 31st, 2019 – The outbreak was identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.



Miscellaneous COVID-19 Coronavirus Information

Order 2020, Directive 4 Phase 2 (May 4-17)

The Government of Barbados’ Emergency Management COVID-19 Order, 2020

Directive 4 Phase 2 (May 4th-17th, 2020)

New Movement Information.

You may also download the document by clicking here at the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS) or Directive 4 Phase 2 at Totally Barbados.


Emergency Management (COVID-19) Curfew (No. 4) Directive 2020

WHEREAS by paragraph 15 of the Emergency Management (Covid-19) Order, 2020 (S.I. 2020 No. 16), it is provided that the Prime Minister, on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer, may issue a directive requiring every person within any area specified in the directive to remain indoors between such hours as may be specified:

AND WHEREAS a public health emergency exists in Barbados:

NOW, THEREFORE, by the power and authority in me vested and on the Chief Medical Officer’s advice aforesaid, I do hereby issue the following directive.

1.  (1) A curfew is hereby imposed throughout Barbados from midnight on the 3rd day of May 2020 until midnight on the 17th day of May 2020 between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. each day.
(2) No person, except an employee or member of an essential service, shall leave his residence between 8:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. as specified in sub-paragraph (1).|
(3) Every employee or member of an essential service shall have on his person at all times evidence of his employment or membership, as the case may be, of such a service.

2. (1) With effect from the 4th day of May 2020 to midnight on the 17th day of May 2020

(a) every person and business establishment shall comply with this directive; and

(b) every non-essential service shall remain closed, except the following, which may open only between the hours specified:

(i) auto marts between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. (no prepared food items shall be sold);

(ii) automotive stores and workshops for vehicle repair, servicing, and sale of spare parts for motor vehicles, motorcycles, and bicycles, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.;

(iii) bakeries and bread depots for the sale of bread between 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.;

(iv) bakeries for the baking of bread between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.;

(v) banks and credit unions between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday and between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. every Wednesday and Thursday for

(A) supporting automatic teller machines and card collection;

(B) facilitating internet banking, mobile banking, and point of sale transactions;

(C) facilitating electronic payroll;

(D) facilitating wire transfers for essential services and international payments and clearings;

(E) facilitating local payment, clearing, and other operations as required for the banking system;

(F) contact centers that facilitate payments; (G) retail banking limited to cash and cheque

(G) retail banking limited to cash and cheque transactions;

(H) persons signing up for internet and mobile banking;

(I) persons signing up for night deposits and collection services;

(vi) beauty supply stores between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.;

(vii) bill payment services, such as SurePay between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.;

(viii) butchers’ shops between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.;

(ix) cleaning services that clean for essential services and businesses to which this paragraph applies, between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.;

(x) construction projects are permitted to recommence and all allied businesses that provide support to or inputs into the construction sector, including hardware and building supplies businesses, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.;

(xi) delivery companies between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.;

(xii) delivery services for groceries and medical supplies between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.;

(xiii) dry cleaning and laundry services, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.;

(xiv) farms between 5:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.;

(xv) finance and insurance companies between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.;

(xvi) food and beverage manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.;

(xvii) fuel manufacturers, fuel storage facilities, and fuel distributors between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.;

(xviii) gasoline stations between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.;

(xix) hardware stores between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.;

(xx) hotels, villas, and other rental accommodation (excluding gaming rooms, spas, gyms, and discotheques), restaurants open for room service only for the entire day;

(xxi) information technology support services, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.;

(xxii) landscape, gardening, and pool services between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.;

(xxiii) legal, accounting, and other professional services to support businesses, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.;

(xxiv) manufacturing companies for the entire day;

(xxv) mining (quarrying) and allied services such as trucking and excavating as needed;

(xxvi) pet shops and pet suppliers, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.;

(xxvii) pharmaceutical manufacturers, manufacturers of juices, soft drinks, and dairy products, food processors and food distributors between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.;

(xxiii) pharmacies for personal shopping and the filling of prescriptions between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.;

(xxix) printing supply stores between 8:00 a.m and 4:00 p.m.;

(xxx) private veterinary services as needed;

(xxxi) property management services, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.;

(xxxii) public markets within the meaning of section 2 of the Markets and Slaughter-Houses Act, Cap. 265, including fish markets, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.;

(xxxiii) restaurants for off-site delivery of food only;

(xxxiv) retailers of baby products, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.;

(xxxv) safety equipment stores between 8:00 a.m and 4:00 p.m.;

(xxxvi) sugar factories for the entire day;

(xxxvii) supermarkets and minimarts, between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.;

(xxxviii) tradespeople, as needed;

(xxix) tire shops, wrecker services, and emergency personnel for vehicle response only, as needed;

(xl) vendors, including wayside vendors, for the sale of agricultural products only, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.;

(xli) vendors of computers, computer supplies, and peripherals on-line only;

(xlii) vendors of fabric for the sale of material for face masks only between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.;

(xliii) vendors of health and wellness supplies, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.;

(xliv) vendors of marine and fishing products, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.;

(xlv) vendors of office equipment and office  supplies, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.;

(xlvi) vendors of security products and services, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.;

(xlvii) vendors of stationery and education supplies (but not book stores), between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.;

(xlviii) village shops between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

(2) The Public Service, including Statutory Corporations, will function as and when required in the Head of the Public Service direction.

(3) Ministry of Agriculture’s plant quarantine and veterinary services shall work as needed

(4) The following private sector essential services shall be open for the entire day

(a) electricity; and
(b) telecommunications.

(5) The owner or operator of every business establishment shall

(a) follow strict distancing protocols for staff and customers;

(b) restrict the number of persons within or outside that establishment at any one time to ensure that a distance of at least 6 feet is maintained between every person and ensure that persons do not assemble otherwise than to transact business. Any owner or operator who contravenes this paragraph is liable to have his exemption revoked.

(6) Places of religious worship shall open only for

(a) the conduct of funeral services and weddings; and
(b) the streaming of religious services at which only 10 persons including the officiant shall be present.

(7) Every motor omnibus and every public service vehicle is limited to carrying only 60 percent of its seating capacity, and no 2 passengers shall be allowed to sit side by side. The driver, conductor, and passengers on such a vehicle shall wear face masks.

(8) Every motor omnibus and public service vehicle shall be sanitized after putting down passengers and before picking up new passengers at the following terminals:
(a) Oistins;
(b) Princess Alice;
(c) Fairchild Street;
(d) Constitution Road; and
(e) Speightstown.

(9) No person shall host or attend
(a) a private party;
(b) a recreational or competitive sporting event;
(c) a wedding other than the bride, the bridegroom, official witnesses, and the marriage officer;
(d) a banquet, ball, or reception;
(e) any social event;
(f) a meeting of a fraternal society, private or social club, or civic association or organization.

(10) No person shall visit any place of quarantine or an isolation station.

(11) No person shall transmit a video recording or audio recording of any person or in any way make known to the public the identity of any person who is in a quarantine or isolation station.

(12) No person shall visit a prison or a Government Industrial School.

(13) Private businesses and offices shall only continue their operations to work exclusively from their homes.

(14) Beaches shall be opened from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. only

(a physical distance of at least 6 feet shall be observed between individuals unless they are members of the same household). Parks shall be closed.

(15) The sale of intoxicating liquor shall only be permitted on licensed premises, but consumption on such premises is prohibited. (For the avoidance of doubt, Bars shall remain closed.)

(16) Any person may leave his residence

(a) to purchase medical and pharmaceutical supplies and to have a prescription filled;
(b) to seek medical, dental, or ophthalmic attention; or
(c) to work in, or transact business with, an essential service or a business exempt from this directive.

(17) No person shall leave his residence to go to

(a) a bank or credit union to do banking business;
(b) a public market, including a fish market, to purchase fruit, vegetables, fish, and meat;
(c) a hardware store or other retail operator; and
(d) a supermarket or a minimart, to purchase groceries,

except by the conditions set out in the Schedule.

(18) No group exceeding 3 persons who are not members of the same household shall remain outdoors unless they are within the curtilage of a residence.

(19) Notwithstanding paragraph (18), no more than 5 members of the same household shall remain outdoors as a group except in the curtilage of their residence.

(20) No more than 20 mourners, one officiant, the funeral director, and the necessary staff shall attend a funeral. (

21) No group exceeding 3 persons who are not members of the same household are permitted to exercise beyond the curtilage of their residence, and they must adhere to physical distancing.

(22) No more than one person at any time shall visit a patient in a hospital, nursing home, senior citizens’ home, and facilities for the treatment of persons with addiction or a dependency on drugs or a narcotic substance.

(23) Subject to the provisions of this Directive, every person shall remain in the confines of his residence and its curtilage.

(24) Notwithstanding any provision of this Directive, no person shall leave his residence unless he has with him his Barbados Identification Card, his driving license or his passport, or some other means of picture identification.

(25) Every person shall present one of the means of identification mentioned in paragraph (24) when requested to do so by a person in authority.

(26) A person who contravenes this Directive without reasonable explanation is guilty of an offense and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $50 000 or imprisonment for a  term of one year or both according to paragraph 15(1) of the Emergency Management (COVID-19) Order, 2020.

(27) This Directive shall come into effect on the 4th day of May 2020.

SCHEDULE

(Paragraph (17))

Conditions under which persons may leave their residence

(1) Every person whose surname begins with the

(a) letter A or B shall only leave his residence to go to

(i) a bank or a credit union, every Monday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.; and
(ii) a hardware store, public market, including a fish market and any other retail operator,
(A) every Monday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.; and
(B) every Friday between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and closing time; and
(iii) a supermarket and minimart
(A) every Monday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.; and
(B) every Friday between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and closing time; and

(b) letter C, D, E, or F shall only leave his residence to go to
(i) a bank or a credit union, every Wednesday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.; and
(ii) a hardware store, public market, including a fish market and any other retail operator,
(A) every Wednesday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.; and
(B) every Saturday between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and closing time; and
(iii) a supermarket and minimart
(A) every Wednesday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.; and
(B) every Saturday between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and closing time; and
(c) letter G, H, I, J, or K shall only leave his residence to go to
(i) a bank or a credit union, every Thursday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.; and
(ii) a hardware store, public market, including a fish market and any other retail operator,
(A) every Thursday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.; and
(B) every Monday between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and closing time; and
(iii) a supermarket and minimart
(A) every Thursday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.; and
(B) every Monday between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and closing time; and

(d) letter L, M, N, O, P, Q, or R shall only leave his residence to go to

(i) a bank or a credit union, every Friday between  the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.; and
(ii) a hardware store, public market, including a fish  market and any other retail operator,
(A) every Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.; and
(B) every Tuesday between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and closing time; and
(iii) a supermarket and minimart
(A) every Friday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 12 noon; and
(B) every Tuesday between the hours of 12 noon and closing time; and

(e) letter S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, or Z shall only leave his residence to go to
(i) a bank or a credit union, every Wednesday between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.; and
(ii) a hardware store, public market, including a fish market and any other retail operator,
(A) every Saturday between the hours of 8:00 a.m.  and 11:00 a.m.; and
(B) every Wednesday between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and closing time; and
(iii) a supermarket and minimart
(A) every Saturday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.; and
(B) every Wednesday between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and closing time.

(2) Every person who is 70 years of age or older, or who is disabled, notwithstanding the first letter of his surname, shall only leave his residence to go to
(a) a bank or a credit union, every Tuesday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.; and
(b) a hardware store, public market, including a fish market and any other retail operator,
(i) every Sunday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.; and
(ii) every Tuesday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.; and
(c) a supermarket and minimart
(i) every Sunday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.; and
(ii) every Tuesday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

(3) Every person who is healthcare or another essential worker, notwithstanding the first letter of his surname, shall only go to
(a) a bank or a credit union, every Thursday between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.; and
(b) a hardware store, public market, including a fish market and any other retail operator,
(i) every Sunday between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.; and
(ii) every Thursday between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and closing time; and
(c) a supermarket and minimart
(i) every Sunday between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and closing time; and
(ii) every Thursday between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and closing time.

(4) This Schedule does not apply to village shops, the purchase of inputs for construction projects, or pharmacies.

Made by the Prime Minister this 30th day of April 2020.

S BRADSHAW
Acting Prime Minister

Source: https://gisbarbados.gov.bb/download/official-gazette-may-2-2020-part-a-no-45/



Timeline of COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

  • Tuesday, May 12th, 2020 – As per the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS) – A 31-year-old Barbadian male is the latest COVID-19 positive case in Barbados. The Ministry of Health and Wellness is currently investigating his case since he has no recent travel history, nor can he be linked to any known contacts. His was the only positive result among 177 tests conducted by the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory yesterday. There are now 85 cases of COVID-19 – 44 females and 41 males. The number of persons in isolation has moved to 21, while the number of recovered persons remains 57. There have been seven deaths. The public health laboratory has now completed 3,185 tests.
  • As the phased reopening of businesses and the public sector continues, CEO of the Transport Board Fabian Wharton is today reminding the public of strict guidelines as it relates to commuting.” With more people beginning to report to work, we expect to see incremental increases in ridership,” said Wharton. He continued, “We are still in the midst of a public health emergency, and by the curfew directive, we are reminding persons that all passengers must wear face masks when riding the buses.”
COVID-19 Barbados Statistics

COVID-19 Barbados Statistics for May 13th, 2020.

 

 

  • Thursday, April 30th, 2020 – According to the Barbados Government Information Service – a 32-year-old Barbadian male is the latest COVID-19-positive patient. He was among one hundred and fifty-five (155) people tested yesterday. Of the one hundred and twenty-two (122) results returned so far by the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory, he is the only positive.
  • He brings the number of persons in isolation to thirty-eight (38) and the number of confirmed cases in Barbados to eighty-one (81), forty-three (43) females, and thirty-eight (38) males. No-one was released from isolation today, so those numbers remain at thirty-nine (39). The public health laboratory has now conducted two thousand, one hundred and sixty (2,160) tests since February 11, 2020.

  • Wednesday, April 29th, 2020 – Christiane Amanpour on CNN International (CNNI) featured Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley on CNN. See a recording of the live interview below from Bridgetown, Barbados. Prime Minister of Barbados and Chairman of CARICOM, Mia Amor Mottley, has described the coronavirus’s effects on this island and the region as “the most destabilizing event,” probably since World War II.

  • Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley Addresses To The Nation on matters of national importance – 29th April 2020.


  • Monday, April 27h, 2020 – According to the Barbados Government Information Service – All one hundred and seventeen (117) staff members at the National Assistance Board (NAB) tested for COVID-19 were negative for the viral illness, and tests are on-going. Their results were included in the 161 negative results returned by the Best dos-Santos Public Health Laboratory this morning.
  • So far, 156 employees of the NAB have been tested after a member of the administrative staff stationed at the Country Road, St. Michael headquarters, tested positive for COVID-19 on April 14th, 2020. Since then, four (4) others, also stationed at Country Road, have tested positive, leading to the Government’s decision to test all NAB employees at headquarters and the other locations. Forty-six staff members are being tested today, and tomorrow is expected to be the final day of testing. The five positive cases are in isolation.
  • Meanwhile, seven persons (7) will be released from isolation today after receiving negative results twice over a 48-hour period. This brings the number of persons in isolation down to thirty-four (34) and the persons who have now recovered to thirty-nine (39). The number of confirmed cases remains at seventy-nine (79), and six (6) deaths have been recorded. The Best dos-Santos Public Health Laboratory has now completed 1663 tests since testing began on February 11.
  • Barbados Nation News – Barbados is not accepting any commercial flights or passengers, says Terry Layne, acting chief executive officer of Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) Inc.

  • Sunday, April 26th, 2020Loop Barbados News – The people and government of Barbados received a heartfelt “Thank You” from the Aida Perla cruise ship for the hospitality shown over the past month.

The cruise ship arrived at the Bridgetown Port shortly after the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) announced the cruise ship operations’ temporary suspension in March.

During that time, the Aida Perla has worked with the Bridgetown Port and local Port agents Foster and Ince and Platinum Port Agents to complete complex operations to repatriate passengers and crew.

Throughout their stay, the Port continued to provide intensive operational support to the vessel and its captain and crew while working closely with the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) and cruise partners Carnival Cruise lines as the parent company.

Before saying farewell and setting sail from the Bridgetown Port on Friday (April 24) night, the Aida Perla’s remaining onboard crew wanted to thank you to Prime Minister Mia Mottley and the Barbadian people who welcomed them.

The crew staged a light display with the message “Thank You BB” while crew members shouted the words from the deck.

Heartfelt Thank You

Barbados’s people and the government received a heartfelt “Thank You” from the Aida Perla cruise ship for the hospitality shown over the past month.


  • Friday, April 24th, 2020 – As it seeks to expand testing, the Ministry of Health and Wellness has revised its COVID-19 testing referral criteria.  It is anticipated that “scaled up” testing will improve case detection for earlier diagnosis and viral illness containment. Medical practitioners on the island have been advised to refer all clients displaying the following symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 to be considered for testing:– Fever.
    — Respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath)
    — Fatigue
    — Anosmia (loss of smell)
    — Ageusia (loss of taste)
    — and gastrointestinal complaints (anorexia, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain). Source: Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS)
  • Friday, April 24th, 2020COVID-19 Czar says too many people on the streets – Czar Richard Carter has expressed frustration with the number of Barbadians who are not strictly adhering to the regulations of the 24-curfew. While acknowledging that there has been some compliance to the measures, Carter contended that some Barbadians acted as if it was business as usual as they traversed around the island. Source: Loop Barbados News

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020 – According to the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS) – the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Barbados remains at seventy-six (76). Six (6) people have succumbed to the viral illness. Three (3) more people will be released from isolation today after testing negative for COVID-19 twice over a 48-hour period.

  • Three (3) more people will be released from isolation today after testing negative for COVID-19 twice over a 48-hour period.
  • The number of recovered persons has now increased to thirty (30), and the number of persons still in isolation has dropped to forty (40).
  • Meanwhile, of the sixty (60) tests performed by the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory yesterday, there were no new positive results.
  • Since testing started in Barbados on February 11, the public health laboratory has conducted 1222 tests.
  • Barbados has recorded its sixth death to COVID-19 according to the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS) https://gisbarbados.gov.bb/blog/sixth-covid-19-death-one-more-positive-test/.
  • The Ministry of Health and Wellness has reported that the deceased is a 70-year-old CARICOM national who resided in Barbados. The diabetic gentleman became infected by a known case who traveled abroad. He was diagnosed and admitted into isolation on April 1. However, he passed away around 9:00 this morning at the Harrison Point Facility in St. Lucy. Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Kenneth George, expressed his deepest condolences to the deceased’s wife, family, and friends on behalf of the Barbados government and the people.
  • A 66-year-old Barbadian woman became the first person to test positive for COVID-19 after a six-day lull in cases on the island. She contracted the virus after being in contact with a known case on April 14. Aggressive contact tracing has begun.
  • This brings the total number of positive cases to 76 – 39 females and 37 males.
  • Sixty-four (64) tests were conducted by the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory yesterday, thirty-three (33) of which were conducted on the Trinidadian contingent, who left the island later in the day. They all tested negative for COVID-19.
  • On April 20, Minister of Health and Wellness, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Bostic, announced that the Ministry of Health and Wellness would broaden testing for COVID-19.
  • He also said that testing centers would be established across the island and would include all the polyclinics. Increased testing for COVID-19 is part of the Ministry’s strategy to ensure that community transmission is not taking place in Barbados.
  • The total number of tests conducted by the laboratory since February 11 now stands at 1,162. Two persons will also be released from isolation today after they tested negative twice within a 48-hour period.
  • To date, 27 persons have recovered. There are now 43 persons in isolation.

  • Tuesday, April 22nd, 2020 – For the sixth (6th) consecutive day, there were no new cases of COVID-19 recorded in Barbados. However, two more persons will be released from isolation today after testing negative twice within a 48-hour period. Their results were among the 35 tests conducted by the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory, which brought the total number of tests carried out by this facility to 1098. The island’s tally of confirmed cases remains at 75. Of these, 45 persons continue to stay in isolation, 25 persons have recovered, and five have died.
  • Education – According to BarbadoosToday – eLearning begins at colleges and private schools in Barbados. Online teaching is underway at all tertiary institutions. Most private schools, the Barbados Ministry of Education, have declared, even as it is yet to declare if and when the third term of the school year begins. All public schools are this week preparing to roll out online teaching using the Google G Suite for Education platform, which is accessed from any PC, laptop, tablet, or smart mobile device, the ministry said. Additionally, while the ministry works with providers and suppliers to ensure every child has internet access and devices to use the new eLearning platform, it will also be using radio and television in the interim to provide educational content to ensure that students are not disadvantaged, the ministry said.
  • During the recent Easter break, the ministry’s information technology coordinators have been training about eighty (80) teachers in the eLearning platform’s use, the education ministry said. But schools and teachers are expected to avoid introducing new concepts during the eLearning process once they begin to use the Google G Suite Classroom – at least for now. The ministry said: “This week provides an opportunity to identify any issues with the Google Classroom that need to be addressed and to ensure that all teachers are comfortable with this new emergency response teaching platform.”It also allows the Ministry of Education an opportunity to finalize protocols for teachers, students, and parents to operate in an online environment.”The ministry said it was aware that the e-learning environment was new to teachers, students, and parents but pointed out it would be “an exciting learning experience for all.”It also asked all parties to be patient “as we work to ensure that the nation’s children are not disadvantaged during this period of shut down.”
  • PAHO/WHO presented 11,000 COVID-19 tests and 782 PPE kits to Minister of Health and Wellness, Lieutenant Col. Jeffrey Bostic today. BGIS – https://gisbarbados.gov.bb/blog/paho-who-donates-covid-19-test-kits-equipment/
  • Virtual Classroom For Public Officers – The Learning and Development Directorate (LDD) of the Ministry of the Public Service will shortly be using its virtual classroom to provide learning in multiple areas for public officers. https://gisbarbados.gov.bb/blog/virtual-classroom-for-public-officers/

  • Tuesday, April 21st, 2020 – According to BarbadoosToday – with 2,800 swabs and 27,000 testing kits now available, Barbados will be ramping up testing for COVID-19, Minister of Health and Wellness Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic declared today. Additionally, he disclosed the number of available testing kits had increased from 500 to 27,000.
  • He sought to give the assurance that although there have been no new positive tests for COVID-19 in the last five days, the Government is not letting up in its fight against the deadly virus that has so far claimed about 170,000 lives globally, as the retired soldier repeated his mantra: “no retreat, no surrender.”
  • He said even though there had been a decrease in the number of people testing positive, the authorities will be testing more people daily.
  • So far, the nation’s public health laboratory has conducted 1,063 tests – merely 0.37 percent of the total estimated population of 287,375 – with five deaths from 75 positive tests.
  • He said a further four people had been released from isolation today after returning negative tests, bringing the number of recoveries to 23.

  • The Minister said 47 remained in isolation, with only one person being ventilated.

  • He encouraged Barbadians to continue to maintain best practices.

  • The Ministry of Education started to officially roll out its Google GSuite for Education online learning platform this week. https://gisbarbados.gov.bb/blog/no-exact-dates-for-start-of-term-or-exams/
  • Effective immediately, gas station operators will discontinue using the alphabet system of surnames to purchase gasoline, diesel, kerosene, liquified petroleum gas, and cellular top-ups.
  • Grocery shopping at supermarkets and minimarts may start at 7 am and run until 4 pm, while maintaining the previously mentioned break at 11:00 a.m. Supermarket operators can continue to process shoppers in the queues at the cut off times.
  • In light of the public holidays on April 28 (Heroes Day) and May 1 (May Day), individuals who would have shopped on those days using the alphabetical system will now be permitted to shop during the times allocated to essential workers, on Sunday, April 26, between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and on Thursday, April 30, between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. These time slots have been selected based on feedback from operators of supermarkets, who note that the shopping traffic has been quite manageable at those times.
    Ms. Bradshaw reminded that a strict curfew remains in place between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., except for essential services.

  • Sunday, April 19th, 2020 – No NIFCA Or Crop Over Festival For 2020 – (https://gisbarbados.gov.bb/blog/no-nifca-or-crop-over-festival-for-2020/)
  • This is the fourth (4th) consecutive day that Barbados has recorded no new viral illness cases. The tally of infected persons remains at seventy-five (75) out of a total of 1,035 tests carried out by the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory since February 11. Barbados has recorded five deaths since April 4. There are 51 persons in isolation.
    (https://gisbarbados.gov.bb/blog/covid-19-update-fourth-straight-day-of-negative-tests/)
  • Owners and restaurant managers are reminded that these businesses are not to be operating during the curfew period. The Emergency Management COVID-19 Curfew (No.3) Directive, 2020, states that “all private businesses and offices shall only continue their operations where the employees can work exclusively from their homes.” They are also asked to note that “any person who contravenes this Directive without reasonable explanation is guilty of an offense and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $50 000 or imprisonment for a term of one year or to both”.

  • Wednesday, April 14th, 2020 – Fifth (5th) Death recorded in Barbados – COVID – 19 Updates
  • Since April 4th, four (4) men and one (1) woman have succumbed to the viral illness. The number of COVID-19 positive cases in Barbados now stands at seventy-three (73), with one new case reported today out of twenty-two (22) tests yesterday. The latest patient is a forty-eight (48) year-old man who came into contact with a known medical-case.
  • Meanwhile, the number of persons who have recovered rose to fifteen (15) after two more persons left isolation today, after receiving two negative test results.
  • Fifty-three (53) people remain in isolation. The Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory’s number of tests since February 11 is eight hundred and sixty-four (864).

  • Saturday, April 12th, 2020 – We try to provide a lot of helpful information about the Coronavirus and COVID-19 in Barbados. If you are searching for more information, please feel free to visit other information services such as:
  • The Government Information Service (BGIS) at https://gisbarbados.gov.bb/covid-19/
  • Especially the Emergency Management (COVID-19) Curfew (No. 2) Directive, 2020, in which Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley last night announced that the curfew, in place since April 3, will be extended until midnight May 3, 2020.
  • COVID-19: Barbadians to shop by surname during extended curfew weeks – find schedules here: https://www.totallybarbados.com/gallery/notices-coronavirus-covid-19/
  • Active Cases of COVID-19 in Barbados = Seventy-one (71) infected
  • Deaths = Four (4)
  • Persons Recovered from virus = Eleven (11)
  • Fifty-six (56) persons are still infected and in isolation.
  • Thirty-five (35) are Male
  • Thirty-six (36) are Females

  • Saturday, April 11th, 2020 – Address to the nation by the honorable Mia Mottley, Q.C. M.P., Prime Minister on national importance matters in Barbados. 
  • Barbados 24-Hour Curfew to be extended from April 15th to now May 3rd, 2020. The first day we hope people can get back to work would be May 4th, 2020.
  • Active Cases of COVID-19 = Sixty-eight (68) infected
  • Deaths = Four (4)
  • Persons Recovered from virus = Eleven (11)
  • Fifty-three (53) persons are still infected.
  • Thirty-three (33) are Male
  • Thirty-five (35) are Females
  • Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory has now conducted 747 tests in total.


IMPORTANT: To see the complete Shopping Schedules for Supermarkets, Fish Markets, and Hardware Stores, visit our notices within our photo gallery. Viewing these files will clearly give you all the details and times when people hope at the grocery stores.

Shopping Schedule for Supermarkets, Fish Markets, and Hardware Stores

Two (2) times a week maximum, if possible, one or zero times if necessary.

Shopping Schedules for Fishing Markets Hardware Stores for COVID-19 Barbados 24-hour Curfew until May 3rd, 2020.


  • Tuesday, April 7th, 2020 – Ninety-five (95) year-old man is third death from COVID-19 in Barbados. According to the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS), a 95-year-old man, who was very ill when he presented with symptoms of COVID-19 last Sunday, passed away early this morning, becoming the third Barbadian to die from the viral illness. The deceased was infected after coming into contact with a known case.

    Isolation Facilities Manager Dr. Corey Forde further announced that three out of 45 persons tested yesterday were positive, bringing the tally of cases in Barbados to 63. The Ministry of Health and Wellness identified the three new cases as Barbadians – a 28-year-old man and a 60-year-old woman, who returned from overseas, and a 33-year-old woman wife of a known case. Currently, in isolation are 53 persons. Dr. Forde reported that three of them, who are on ventilators at the Enmore facility, were critically ill, including a 52-year-old man, who the medical professional deemed extremely ill, with the added complication of diabetes. We thank joy.springer@barbados.gov.bbfor for her daily updates on the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS).
  • Further detailed information about access To Food Supplies During Curfew can be downloaded here: https://gisbarbados.gov.bb/download/access-to-food-supplies-during-curfew/.

  • Monday, April 6th, 2020 – According to Barbados Today and the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS), “Four persons tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday, bringing the total number of persons who have tested positive for the viral illness since March 16 to sixty (60) – thirty-one 31 females and twenty-nine (29) males.
    Of those, 52 remain in isolation; six (6) have been released, and two (2) have passed away.  Their ages range from seven-years-old (7) to nighty-five (95). The new cases include a nighty-five (95) year-old male, who is critically ill.  The others are a forty-seven (47) year-old female who was infected by a known contact, and a fifty-seven (57) year-old female, and an eighty-four (84) year-old female who traveled abroad. A total of thirty (30) tests were done yesterday at the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory, and five hundred and fifty-seven (557) have been carried out since testing started on February 11, 2020. (BGIS)”.

  • Sunday, April 5th, 2020Palm Sunday – Barbados recorded its first death of COVID-19 by an eighty-one (81) year-old Barbadian man who arrived in Barbados on March 22nd, 2020, and was under home quarantine. He was tested positive yesterday, Saturday, April 4th, 2020. The now-deceased man deteriorated rapidly with pneumonia and diabetes. The Government of Barbados wishes the deepest condolences to the deceased. His wife is generally stable but was admitted to a medical facility for precautions.
  • One (100) Cuban specialists and nurse will arrive today in Barbados to assist in the medical efforts. We thank the Republic of Cuba.
  • A new medical facility at Harrisons Point is being outfitted – a two hundred and twenty (220) bed location – will be opened and outfitted with required medical equipment in the shortest possible time. Thirty-eight (38) with ventilation capacity. Ventilators have been arriving daily for the past two (2) weeks. Thus far, only three (3) ventilators were required in the treatment of Barbados COVID-19 patients. An order of one hundred and fifty (150) ventilators have been paid for and waiting for shipment.
  • The emergence of isolation of six (6) persons who have recovered by COVID-19 in Barbados.
  • Chief Medical Officer states that as of April 4th, 2020
  • Five hundred and twenty-seven (527) laboratory tests have been performed.
  • Fifty-six (56) positive cases
  • Twenty-eight (28) males
  • Twenty-eight (28) women
  • One patient is seven (7) years old.
  • The eldest patient is eighty-three (83) years old.
  • The majority of cases are mild to moderate conditions.
  • Testing continues in Barbados with efforts to contact, trace, and contain future cases.
  • Guyana 1.4 million Paid for ventilators but ceased in the USA – exportation of ventilators  – five (5) ventilators sent by Rihanna – 20 ventilators were ceased.
  • First Paragon campus: all stable 19 patients – 4 patients being discharged today, three (3) males and one (1) female
  • Second Enmore campus: Four (4) patients – three (3) female and one (1) male – three (3) on ventilators, other two (2) are in critical condition
  • Third campus: Blackman and Gallop – are looking after twenty (20) patients; two (2) have been discharged, one (1) male and one (1) female, while three (3) remain under intensive care

A large amount of COVID-19 positive patients in Barbados are walking around and feeling well. All three (3) critical care patients are on ventilators, have diabetes and hypertension, similar to the eight-one (81) year old who was the first to recorded death in Barbados.

One COVID-19 patient is seven (7) years old but is doing very well and is listed as mild. Barbados does not expect an increase in cases. The shutdown period was determined by other factors and not an incubation period.


  • Friday, April 3rd, 2020, at 8 pm – until midnight on the 14th day of April 2020, every non-essential service shall remain closed. Except for the following, which may open only between the hours specified (see Business Hours Below), all government ministries, departments, and statutory corporations will be closed until 6 am on 15 th April, the end of the current period of restriction. The only exception to this order will be those public services designated as essential services, which shall open between 9 am and 6 p.m. Only employees assigned as necessary may go to the office. All other staff shall remain at home. The owner and operator of every business establishment shall restrict the number of persons within or outside that establishment at any one time to ensure that a distance of at least six feet is maintained between every person.
  • Download the Emergency Management (COVID-19) Curfew (No. 2) Directive, 2020, on the Barbados Government Information Service website. The Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS) is the official communications arm of the Barbados Government.

  • Wednesday, April 1st, 2020 at 7 pm  – address to the Nation of Barbados, by Acting Prime Minister Hon Santia Bradshaw.
  • Wednesday, April 1st, 2020, at 5 pm – the number of COVID-19 cases globally stood at 928,000, with more than 46,000 deaths. COVID-19 is now affecting 203 countries and territories – around the world.

  • Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 – Barbados has done 382 laboratory tests for COVID-19, of which 45 have been positive.

  • Sunday, March 29th, 2020 – the Minister of Health of Barbados announced thirty-three (33) confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.

  • Saturday, March 28th, 2020 – 8 p.m – Island-wide Curfew Begins

  • Friday, March 27th, 2020 – the Parliament of Barbados passed an amendment to the Emergency Management Act, and the Government announced several restrictions, including — the limit of public and private sector activity to several identified essential services;– a restriction on the hours of operation for public and private sector agencies;
    — the imposition of a curfew period from 8.00 p.m. to 6.00 a.m.;
    — and an appeal to Barbadians to restrict movement outside of their homes to the absolute minimum required to meet essential needs and to observe the now-familiar basics of physical distancing when they do so.

  • Thursday, March 26th, 2020 – the Prime Minister of Barbados, Hon Mia Amor Mottley, addressed you on the state of the COVID-19 response in Barbados, announcing that the country had registered 24 cases and that the Cabinet of Barbados had agreed to an immediate declaration of Stage 3 of the National Pandemic Response Plan.

  • Sunday, March 22nd, 2020, all visitors arriving from the United Kingdom, Europe, and the United States are placed in quarantine for 14 days, regardless of whether they show any coronavirus symptoms. Barbados’ citizens and residents are subject to a home-quarantine and are confined to their residence places during curfew hours. The Government of Barbados is conducting thermal screening at airports and seaports.

  • Monday, March 16th, 2020 – Barbados identified its first case of COVID-19 on March 16 this year (and since then have witnessed an almost daily increase in the number of cases).

Quarantine

As the majority of new cases of COVID-19 have been identified as imported – persons residing in Barbados who have recently traveled abroad and returned; the Government of Barbados has decided to implement the following additional measures under the Emergency Management Act:

  • With immediate effect, a mandatory 14-day quarantine in a government facility will be placed on all persons entering Barbados, irrespective of the port of origin or port of entry

Business Hours

  • 8 am to 5 pm – Abattoirs, butcher shops, and fish markets
  • 6 am – 4 pm – Bakeries
  • 5 am – 4 pm – Farms
  • 8 am to 5 pm – Pharmaceutical manufacturers; manufacturers of juices, soft drinks, and dairy products; food processors and food distributors
  • 9 am to 5 pm – Banks, Credit Unions, and other financial institutions excluding insurance companies only to support the automatic teller machines
  • 7 am to 6 pm – Cleaning Services
  • 11 am to 5 pm – Restaurants for drive-through or take away services only; no dining on-premise
  • 7 am to 5 pm – Fuel manufacturers, fuel storage facilities, and fuel distributors
  • 9 am to 5 pm – Wholesale and retail grocery stores, mini-marts, and village shops
  • 7 am to 5 pm – Gas Stations
  • 8 am to 5 pm – Delivery services for meals, groceries, and medical supplies
  • Twenty-four hours – Hotels, villas, and other rental accommodations can operate but are NOT allowed to provide ancillary and recreational activities, such as gaming rooms, discos, salons, spas, restaurants (except for taking away and room service), golf courses, and lawn tennis.
  • 24 hours – Portvale Sugar Factory is excluded from the curfew
  • As needed – Private veterinary services.
  • All construction companies must cease to operate EXCEPT for work at Harrison’s Point Quarantine & Isolation Facility. Therefore, construction work on residential and commercial properties is not allowed during this period. Hardware stores must be closed except for the limited purpose of supplying goods to the Harrison’s Point Quarantine & Isolation Facility ONLY.

Curfew

Barbados has upgraded to Stage 3 of the national response plan – its highest level and moving to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and a curfew is in effect on the Caribbean island of Barbados.

  • Curfew Start Date: March 28th, 2020 – 8 p.m. through 6 a.m., in the first instance
  • Curfew End Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2020, (now extended to May 3rd, 2020)
  • This duration may be extended.
  • The curfew will be in place for two weeks unless extended.
  • No person may host or attend a private party, sporting event, or attend a public gathering during this curfew.
  • Visits by members of the public to all public and private geriatric institutions have been suspended until further notice.
  • Limited movement during the day
  • Continue to practice physical distancing of six feet between persons.

Barbados COVID-19 Hotline Phone Number

  • Barbados has established a COVID-19 information hotline that can be reached at +1 246-536-4500.




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Closures

  • The Barbados Government has announced that all businesses with a few exceptions are closed from Saturday, March 28th, 2020, 20:00 local time until April 2020.
  • All non-essential businesses are to remain closed across the island until Wednesday, April 15, 2020.
  • Businesses in the private sector will be closed from March 28th, 2020, by 8:00 pm until 15 April 2020,
  • Excluded companies by the government, such as groceries, pharmacies, gas stations, and farms, with specific operating hours for each business type.
  • Restaurants can open but only for drive-through and take away services.
  • People contradicting the order without a reasonable explanation will be liable to a fine of BBD 50,000, 1-year in prison, or both.
  • Sandals Resorts will be temporarily closing all its hotels between March 30th and May 15th, 2020.
  • Coconut vendors are not included in businesses allowed to operate when businesses close from 8:00 tonight.
  • Snowcone, coconut, roadside, fruit, and vegetable vendors are not included in the list of businesses allowed to operate when businesses close from 8:00 tonight, as Government moves to curb the spread of COVID-19.”Our priority is on keeping Barbadians safe and to do that, we have to reduce the number of people on the road. And we will make exemptions if it relates to vital things,” he said, noting they were prepared to make exemptions in appropriate cases. However, coconut, roadside, snow cone, fruit, and vegetable vendors do not fall into that category.”We always have to consider what is the proximity risk that is associated with these things. I am happy to discuss it, but I think that is proximity with the person who is purchasing snow cones and is probably a proximity risk to several other kinds of enterprises,” he said.

Essential Services during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

Only businesses deemed necessary will be exempt from the mandatory shutdown of enterprises across Barbados from 8:00 p.m. today, Saturday, March 28, until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14.

  • The uniformed organizations of Barbados
  • The security organizations
  • Royal Barbados Police Force
  • Barbados Fire Service
  • Barbados Prison Service
  • Immigration and Customs
  • Medical and paramedical professionals
  • Caregivers example, nurses, home helpers but NOT domestic workers
  • Collection, storage, purification, and distribution of water for public use
  • Customs Department
  • Disaster Management Services
  • Hospitals, Clinics, and Pharmacies
  • Media and Broadcasting Services
  • Medical and Paramedical Professions
  • Operation of airport and seaports
  • Removal, handling, or burial of deceased persons or disposal of dead animals
  • Sanitation Service Authority for the collection, storage, treatment, and disposal of sewage, garbage, or refuse
  • Security Services (Private)
  • The staff of pharmaceutical agencies
  • Telecommunications providers
  • Transport Services – aircraft, ship, motor vehicle and PSVs
  • Utility companies (water, electricity)

Businesses in the private sector are to be CLOSED from 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 28. However, select companies will be allowed to operate from March 28 to April 14, between the recommended hours from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Food enterprises that would be allowed were wholesale and retail grocery stores, mini-marts, village shops, and these are allowed to open between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Courier services bringing in medical supplies, such as personal protective equipment and medical supplies, or a freight forwarder bringing in ventilators needed by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, would also be allowed to operate within specified times.

Agriculture is essential to the continuity of residents, and therefore exemptions were provided in that area to allow farmers to tend their land and deal with their animals.

Feed manufacturers were also excluded from the curfew to allow farmers to feed their livestock. Simultaneously, hotels and restaurants will also be allowed to operate for housing and feeding guests only.

  • Grocery stores
  • Pharmacies
  • Restaurants for taking away or drive-thru only.
  • Shops
  • Commercial bakeries
  • Butcher shops and abattoirs
  • Fishermen
  • Farmers
  • Gas stations
  • Critical areas in the Government will be identified, and these will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays.

Stage 3 of the COVID-19 National Preparedness Plan

  • A public health emergency has been declared
  • A curfew from Saturday, March 28, to Tuesday, April 14, 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. This may be extended.
  • Persons are confined to their places of residence during curfew hours.
  • Limited movement during the day
  • Continue to practice physical distancing of six feet between persons.
  • The plan is being implemented in a phased manner based on the intensity of the spread.

Essential Services during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

  • Royal Barbados Police Force
  • Barbados Deference Force
  • Barbados Fire Service
  • Barbados Prison Service
  • Caregivers, e.g., nurses, home helpers but NOT domestic workers
  • Collection, storage, purification, and distribution of water for public use
  • Customs Department
  • Disaster Management Services
  • Hospitals, Clinics, and Pharmacies
  • Media and Broadcasting Services
  • Medical and Paramedical Professions
  • Operation of airport and seaports
  • Removal, handling, or burial of deceased persons or disposal of dead animals
  • Sanitation Service Authority for the collection, storage, treatment, and disposal of sewage, garbage, or refuse
  • Security Services (Private)
  • The staff of pharmaceutical agencies
  • Telecommunications providers
  • Transport Services – aircraft, ship, motor vehicle and PSVs
  • Utility companies (water, electricity)

Businesses in the private sector are to be CLOSED from 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 28.  However, select companies will be allowed to operate from March 28 to April 14, between the recommended hours ONLY:


The Public Service

A skeleton staff will perform selected ministries, departments, and statutory corporations.

They will open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

All courts will be closed EXCEPT for matters before the Duty Judge.


Additional Advice To The Public On Restrictions

  • Subject to the provisions of the Emergency Management (COVID-19) Order 2020, everyone must remain in the confines of his/her place of residence and property.
  • Except for funeral services and weddings, ALL churches and religious worship places, including mosques and synagogues, shall be closed.
  • Weddings are LIMITED to the bride, bridegroom, the official witnesses, and marriage officer.
  • Funerals will be LIMITED to no more than ten mourners, one officiant, the funeral director, and necessary staff.
  • No person shall host or attend a private party, a recreational or competitive sporting event, a banquet, a ball, reception, any social events, a meeting of a fraternal society, private or social club, civic association, or organization.
  • Restricted visitation to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital
  • Visits to all public geriatric hospitals and the Psychiatric Hospital have been suspended.
  • No appointments are allowed to any quarantine or isolation centers.
  • No visits to the HMP Dodds Prisons and the Government Industrial Schools
  • No more than one person will be allowed to visit private senior citizen homes, nursing homes, and facilities to treat persons with addiction or a dependency on drugs or narcotic substances.

Penalties

  • If any person contravenes the Emergency Management (COVID-19) Order 2020 without reasonable explanation, that person is guilty of an offense and is liable to a fine of $50,000, imprisonment for a term of one year, or both.

Business owners are required to restrict the number of persons within and outside their establishments to ensure that a physical distance of at least six feet is maintained between each person.

Private businesses and offices may continue to operate where employees can work exclusively from their homes.

For more information or to submit queries, email attorney.general@barbados.gov.bb


Extracts – Emergency Management (COVID-19) Order, 2020

You may also download this document by the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS) by clicking here.


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