Approximately 2,000 masks were issued to members of the Royal Barbados Police Force today, while another 2,000 are expected to be sent to the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) tomorrow.
Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Dale Marshall, made this announcement during the Down To Brass Tacks Call-in programme today.
“We’ve taken the decision to outfit the members of the Royal Barbados Police Force with masks so that they would at least have the benefit of, if not protecting themselves, certainly protecting others, and the psychological comfort that goes with it. And the first set of 2,000 masks are being delivered to the police force today,” he said, adding that the BDF would receive theirs tomorrow.
Mr. Marshall also pointed out that frontline workers in other departments, such as the Sanitation Service Authority, who saw themselves as being at risk, would also be provided with masks.
However, he reiterated that medical professionals and the World Health Organization insist that the best protection against COVID-19 was not the wearing of masks, but practising good hygiene, such as hand washing and not touching the face.
“But we understand the psychology of it, and really do want people who are at the frontline to feel comfortable, and so the provision of masks will be starting from today,” the Attorney General stated.