Erskine Springer, officer at the COVID-19 Monitoring Unit chatting with a PSV conductor at West Terrace, St. James this morning. The officers of the Unit were assisted by members of the Royal Barbados Police Force. (C.Pitt/BGIS)

Officers of the COVID-19 Monitoring Unit were out in full force over the last two days inspecting business premises and public service vehicles (PSVs) to ensure that commuters, customers and business operators were adhering to the COVID-19 protocols.

Yesterday, the officers visited several day care centres, and Director of the Unit, Ronald Chapman, reported that everyone visited was in compliance with the protocols established for these businesses.

Today, it was the turn of public service vehicles and supermarkets. In the case of the PSVs, the officers were checking to ensure that both the operators and commuters were wearing masks. 

At the business places, in addition to ensuring that masks were being worn, officers were also making sure that the protocols related to physical distancing, hand hygiene and sanitisation were being observed.

Mr. Chapman reported that all the minivans inspected were in compliance and there were “very few infractions” at the supermarkets. “Clearly the warnings given by the Czar worked. We were very pleased with the level of compliance,” he stated.

He said the inspections would continue this week at bars and at the residences of those in quarantine, as the Unit seeks to ensure that everyone complies with the protocols aimed at suppressing the transmission of COVID-19 in Barbados.

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