Barbuda Day #7

Another day of doing not very much!

We continue to feel very safe here relative to the rest of the world. That said we are very concerned about our families and friends back in the US.

Please all of you, do what you can to stay safe inside your houses!! If Trump decides to save the economy and tells you its safe to go back to work, get a second opinion!

Antigua/Barbuda has reported only 3 cases of Coronavirus and none have been a result of community transmission.

Once we were allowed to check in here, we been worried about airplane and cruise ship traffic. Well, today Antigua decided to close their airport!! Hurray.

GOVERNMENT OF ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

Office of the Prime Minister

Queen Elizabeth Highway Tel. (268) 460-5100

St. John’s Fax. (268) 462-3225

Antigua and Barbuda         pmsecretariat@ab.gov.ag

March 25, 2020

MEDIA STATEMENT

The Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda, meeting today at 10:00 am, decided to close the V.C. Bird International airport to all incoming commercial traffic, commencing midnight Thursday March 26, 2020, thereby ending the possibility of flights from the customary North American and European tourism source markets. This decision expands the announced ban on citizens from several identified countries. Those citizens of those several countries who would have arrived on British Airways, American Airlines and Air Canada, among others, may wish to take advantage of the facility.

Commercial air carriers that choose to fly empty aircraft to Antigua after Thursday, will be allowed to enter in order to collect citizens of their respective countries for return to their originating cities.

While there has been no confirmed cases of community spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, the Government’s several ministries have been closely monitoring all developments, here and abroad. Antigua and Barbuda’s borders have remained open to air and sea traffic in order to ensure that workers across the several sectors remain employed.

It has now become evident to the Cabinet, after examining the extant conditions and the disregard displayed by attendees at funerals, that little or no attention is being paid to the announced policy of limited social gatherings of 25 persons. That policy is being violated, despite the severity of the threat of community spread of the coronavirus.

The announced policy of last Sunday, which limits social gatherings to 25 persons, has been disregarded and violated especially by returning nationals who feel a strong urge to re-connect with grieving family and friends. Funerals have served as a means of social expression of love and tenderness. However, the conditions of the spread of the coronavirus have compelled a change in behavior.

Cabinet repeats its determination to safeguard the health of the people of Antigua and Barbuda.  –end-

2 Comments

  1. Hello Gregory family! We have followed your blog intermittently, and must say, it is very enjoyable! Of concern is that tonight’s news states that New Orleans is now looking to be a hot spot of the virus. As Jim, Christopher were there recently, please take cautions for your health! Otherwise, continue living the dream! We love hearing good things!

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  2. We came down from the foothills today to pick up mail and some stuff we forgot to bring from Tivoli almost 3 weeks ago. Traffic was terrific, and all is good. Someone with a sense of realism combined with humor hoisted the yellow flag at RYC’s signal pole – precious!

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