Barbadians can go to the beach outside of the curfew hours, but they must be responsible.
Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Dale Marshall, cleared the air on this point as he and other members of the COVID-19 Response Team fielded questions on Down To Brass Tacks today in response to the enforcement of the Emergency Management (COVID-19) Curfew Directive, 2020.
“You can go to the beach, but we are insisting at all times that you be responsible; maintain physical distancing and do not congregate. So, if there is a family that says today is Sunday let us have a beach picnic, not on. But, on the other hand, if you want to go to the beach and enjoy a little Sunday recreation, we’re not going to stand in the way of that,” Mr. Marshall pointed out.
Stressing that Government was not keeping residents “under siege”, the Attorney General explained that the overriding mission was to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by reducing the movement of people.
“… As far as we’re concerned, Barbadians can do certain things as long as they’re responsible, and going to the beach is one of them,” he reiterated.
Mr. Marshall said while Government’s message to Barbadians was that they needed to stay at home, it was aware that it needed to operate within a cultural context.
“This is Sunday [and] Barbadians will traditionally go to the beach on Sunday …. So, yes sir, you can go to the beach,” he said in response to a query from a caller to the programme.