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  • 24 HOUR CURFEW – YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED!

    30th March 2020

    WHAT TIME IS THE CURFEW?
    24 Hours Daily from Saturday 28th March at 6:00 p.m. until Tuesday 14th April 2020 at 12 am.
     

    WHO DOES THE CURFEW APPLY TO?
    Every person on Montserrat
     

    DURING THE CURFEW WHAT IS A PERSON EXPECTED TO DO?
    A person is expected to remain at home, this includes the yard, or garden etc. of your place of residence/occupancy.
     

    DURING THE CURFEW IS A PERSON ALLOWED TO LEAVE THEIR HOME?
    Yes, BUT ONLY to :
    1. Work as essential service worker (this includes travelling to and from work);
    2. Work as an essential business (this includes travelling to and from work);
    3. Assist, transport or provide an ancillary service for an essential worker;
    4. Seek medical care;
    5. Shop for necessities to include food, medicine, fuel or other necessity. However, only one person from each household may be in the public place for this purpose. Additionally, the person shall not be in the public place more than once daily for this purpose.
    6. Go to the bank or conduct a money transfer (eg. Western Union or MoneyGram);
    7. Care for a family, vulnerable person or pet;
    8. Engage in an activity to include walking, biking, hiking or swimming either alone or in a gathering that is not larger than 4 persons. This activity must be done from 5 am to 8 am or 3 pm to 6 pm. BUT, these activities must not be done with a person from another household so as to prevent cross-infection between different households (community transmission).
    9. Arrive into Montserrat by ferry or airplane, BUT you must get home within 2 hours of arriving in Montserrat;
    10. To transport someone who has arrived into Montserrat by ferry or airplane, BUT you must get to your residence/place of occupancy, within two hours of transporting the person.
    11. To leave Montserrat, BUT you must not leave your place of residence/home or occupancy before 4 a.m.;
    12. To transport a person who is leaving Montserrat, BUT you must not leave your place of residence or occupancy/home before 4 a.m.
    If your purpose for leaving does not fall into one of the above categories, then you must stay at home.
     

    WHAT SERVICES ARE ESSENTIAL SERVICES?
    1. air traffic (including meteorological, telecommunication, security, fire and crash services connected with airports) services;
    2. fire, prison, defence force or police services;
    3. medical, health, hospital, infirmary or nursing home services;
    4. telecommunications or broadcasting services;
    5. water, electricity (MUL) or sanitation services;
    6. immigration, customs or postal services;
    7. services connected with sittings of the Legislative Assembly and meetings of Cabinet;
    8. services connected with the loading and unloading of ships and with the storage and delivery of goods at, or from a dock, wharf or warehouse operated in connection with the dock or wharf , NB. This does not include services such as sand mining;
    9. public services connected with the payment of salaries, pensions and other benefits, in government departments, agencies; statutory bodies and arms-length bodies;
    10. services connected with the Judiciary;
    11. services connected with essential government functions as determined by the Deputy Governor;
    12. airport, seaport, civil aviation or ferry services;
    13. a service that is granted permission (By the Minister of Health) to offer an essential service.
     

    WHAT BUSINESSES ARE PERMITTED TO OPERATE?
    1. a banking business – which allowed to open 8 am to 12 pm
    2. a doctor’s office – which is allowed to open 8 am to 6 pm
    3. a grocery store, an agricultural produce business or a pharmacy- which is allowed to open 8 am to 6 pm. BUT only one person from each household is allowed to be out for the purpose of going to the grocery store, pharmacy or market.
    4. a gas station- which is allowed to open 8 am to 6 pm
    5. a bakery- which is allowed to open 8 am to 6 pm
    6. a business connected with fisheries 2 am to 7 pm
    7. as an undertaker – for 24 hours
    8. a money transfer business, from 8 am to 6 pm.
    9. a business or organisation that is granted permission (by the Minister of Health) to operate
    Please note, a bar, nightclub, restaurant, cook-shop (or any similar shop) barber shop, hair salon; insurance business or similar business is not an essential business, and is therefore not allowed to operate.
     

    NOTES TO BE GUIDED BY:
    Most of the essential services are Governmental services and services provided by statutory bodies – Water and Electricity services means (MUL)
    An essential business supplier is a business place whose main business is to provide one of the essential business outlined.
    Eg. Grocery – if your main business is to sell groceries retail or wholesale then your business is an essential service.
    Telecommunications – The telecommunications service providers – i.e. Flow and DIGICEL not a store that sells or repairs phones.
    Fisheries – Fishermen
    Agricultural services – this means Farmers and individuals who sell agricultural produce.
    Banking Business – Commercial Bank, Credit Union, Building Society
    Money Transfer Business – Money Gram and Western Union
    ARE BUSES AND TAXIS ALLOWED TO OPERATE DURING THIS PERIOD?
    NO. The public buses and taxis are not permitted to run at this time– The concern is that a person is at great risk of contracting the virus if they travel in public transportation.
     

    WHAT IS A BUSINESS THAT IS NOT AN ESSENTIAL SERVICE OR ESSENTIAL BUSINESS EXPECTED TO DO AS OF MARCH 28TH AT 6 PM
    Close. Stop operating at 6 pm March 28th until 14thApril 2020.
     

    DO THE RESTRICTIONS LIMITING GATHERINGS TO 4 PERSONS APPLY TO ESSENTIAL BUSINESS AND SERVICE PROVIDERS?
    No, it does not. However, these service providers are required to ensure that their employees and customers are able to maintain a physical distance of at least six feet from another person.
     

    WHAT STEPS SHOULD SERVICE PROVIDERS TAKE TO ENSURE THAT THEIR CUSTOMERS ARE ABLE TO MAINTAIN THE REQUIRED PHYSICAL DISTANCE?

    1. Assess the size of their premises and determine the number of people that may be permitted in the premises, given the social distancing requirement.
    2. Limit the number of persons permitted to enter your establishment to ensure that persons can maintain a distance of 6 feet between themselves and the next person.
    3. Place markings at the checkout point to ensure that customers remain 6ft apart from the customers in front of them.
    4. Place markers outside your store to ensure that the customers who are waiting to enter your premises can maintain a distance of 6 feet between themselves and the next person.
    Note: these marking etc. must be put in place by 6:00 p.m. on Sunday 29th March 2020
    – The service providers are expected to put the necessary systems in place to control the numbers coming into their premises.
    – The Public is also asked to comply with the measures that have been put in place by the Service Providers and to ensure that they comply with the requirement to stay at least 6 feet away from the next person.
     

    WHAT IS THE PENALTY FOR BREACHING THE CURFEW?

    · a fine of $500 or to imprisonment for three months OR
    · both a fine and imprisonment AND
    in the case of a second or subsequent offence to a fine of $1,000 or to imprisonment for a term of six months or to both such

  • 24 HOUR CURFEW UNTIL APRIL 14 AMONG NEW MEASURES ANNOUNCED BY GOVERNMENT

    28th March 2020

    March 28, 2020 GIU, Davy Hill Montserrat– The Government of Montserrat today (March 28, 2020) announced more stringent measures to contain and prevent further spread of COVID-19 on Montserrat; as there are currently five confirmed cases on the island.
     

    The Government of Montserrat made the announcement in a joint live virtual press conference with the Governor, His Excellency Andrew Pearce and members of the local press.
     

    The 24-hour curfew comes into effect from 6:00p.m. this evening (Saturday March 28, 2020) and ends on April 14 at 12:00a.m. During this lockdown period, persons must stay at home except for those carrying out functions as an essential service or business provider; seeking medical care; conducting a banking or money transfer transaction; caring for a family member, vulnerable person or pet, engaging in exercise activity, and shopping for necessities (food, fuel and medicine).
     

    The essential services are:
     
    1. air traffic (including meteorological, telecommunication, security, fire and crash services connected with airports) services;
     
    2. fire, prison, defence force or police services;
     
    3. medical, health, hospital, infirmary or nursing home services;
     
    4. telecommunications or broadcasting services;
     
    5. water, electricity, or sanitation services;
     
    6. immigration, customs or postal services;
     
    7. services connected with sittings of the Legislative Assembly and meetings of Cabinet;
     
    8. services connected with the loading and unloading of ships and with the storage and delivery of goods at, or from a dock, wharf or warehouse operated in connection with the dock or wharf;
     
    9. public services connected with the payment of salaries, pensions and other benefits, in government departments, agencies; statutory bodies and arms-length bodies;
     
    10. services connected with the Judiciary;
     
    11. services connected with essential government functions as determined by the Deputy Governor;
     
    12. airport, seaport, civil aviation or ferry services;
     
    13. a service that is granted permission to offer an essential service (By Minister of Health)
     

    Essential businesses allowed to operate are as follows:
     
    1. a banking business – from 8 am to 12 pm
    2. a doctor’s office – from 8 am to 6 pm
    3. a grocery store, an agricultural produce business or a pharmacy- which is allowed to open 8 am to 6 pm. BUT only one person from each household is allowed to be out for the purpose of going to the grocery store, pharmacy or market.
    4. a gas station- which is allowed to open 8 am to 6 pm
    5. a bakery- which is allowed to open 8 am to 6 pm
    6. a business connected with fisheries 2 am to 7 pm
    7. as an undertaker – for 24 hours
    8. a money transfer business, from 8 am to 6 pm.
    9. a business or organisation that is granted permission (by the Minister of Health) to operate

     

    All non-essential services, organizations and departments must close until April 14, 2020.
     

    Persons engaging in exercise can do so alone or in a gathering of no more than 4 persons from within one’s household. Additionally, exercise activities are only permitted from 5:00a.m. to 8:00a.m. or from 3:00p.m. to 6:00p.m.
     

    The airport and the seaports are closed, with the following exceptions:
    • Only Montserratians, are allowed to disembark (arrive) on Montserrat;
    • A person arriving for the purpose of aiding in the treatment, control and suppression of COVID19.
    • Medical evacuations
    • Courier (postal) services
     

    Recognizing the impact these measures will have on people and the economy, the Premier indicated that the government has presented a financial package to the United Kingdom government to provide support for businesses and residents. Further details on these will be provided once packages are confirmed.
     

    These new measures are contained in the Public Health (COVID-19 Control and Suppression) (No.2) Order – SRO 22 of 2020. The full details can be read at the following link:
     

    SRO No 22 of 2020 Public Health (Covid-19 Control and Suppression) (No. 2) Order 2020 28-3-20 (002)
     

    Persons interested in viewing and listening to the joint press conference, can do so on ‘GOM Information Unit Montserrat) on Youtube, or via direct link:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VO1Qs2IuZic&fbclid=IwAR22TztzIQusSAvHyQ_DjG-ojpMCPPz8WFl6m3RjVxFIq81UACz2RnxrDRE&app=desktop
     

  • NO STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED ON MONTSERRAT

    27th March 2020

    March 27, 2020 GIU, Davy Hill Montserrat– The Government of Montserrat is informing the public that there has been no state of emergency declared on Montserrat.
     

    His Excellency, the Governor Andrew Pearce today (March 27, 2020) signed a proclamation to bring section 18(1) to (8) of the Montserrat Constitution Order (Cap.101) into force. By doing this, it allows for emergency powers to be effected under the Constitution, instead of the old Leeward Islands (Emergency Powers) Order 1959; which has already been revoked in the other British Overseas Territories to which it had applied.
     

    The signed proclamation – SRO 21 of 2020, can be viewed at the following link:
     
    SRO 21 OF 2020
     

  • GOVERNMENT EXTENDS LIST OF ESSENTIAL SERVICES

    26th March 2020

    March 26, 2020 GIU, Davy Hill Montserrat– The Government of Montserrat has extended the list of ‘essential services’ in the Public Health (COVID-19 Control and suppression) order.
     

    The additional list of essential services, are outlined in the Public Health (COVID-19 Control and suppression) (Amendment) Order S. R.O. 20 of 2020. The list of essential services now includes the following:
     

    – services of a bakery;
     

    – services connected with fisheries;
     

    – a food delivery service, by a person or business that is granted permission to operate as a food delivery service. The permission must be granted by the Minister of Health in writing.
     

    – a service deemed to be an essential service. In this case, the Minister of Health, may in writing deem a service to be an ‘essential service’.
     
    S.R.O 20 of 2020 can be read at the following link:
     
    S R O 20 OF 2020 – PUBLIC HEALTH (COVID-19 CONTROL AND SUPPRESSION) (AMENDMENT) ORDER

  • STATEMENT BY MINISTER OF HEALTH & SOCIAL SERVICES – HON. CHARLES T. KIRNON

    26th March 2020

    Three More Test Positive for COVID-19 on Montserrat
     

    Minister of Health – Hon. Charles T. Kirnon


     

    The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MOHSS) is today (March 26) announcing another three cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Montserrat.
     

    As confirmed by the Caribbean Reference Laboratory, CARPHA, five of the eight samples dispatched on Wednesday March 25, tested negative, and three positive. This brings the total laboratory confirmed cases to five.
     

    The patients are all in isolation and are being monitored. As with all confirmed cases, contact tracing is ongoing to identify, isolate and treat any other cases of COVID-19. Members of the households of these individuals have also been quarantined by the health officials to minimize any further spread.
     

    At this time, it is imperative that residents of Montserrat heed the protocols for decreasing risk. The guidelines set by Government of Montserrat for social distancing must be strictly followed. We must all act in accordance with the rules of the curfew which are from 7pm to 5am. Visits to public places in the daytime should be restricted to extreme circumstances.
     

    We must practice good hygiene when coughing and sneezing and frequent hand washing. These infection control measures are necessary to slow the spread of COVId-19 on island and to protect the most vulnerable around us.
     

    In addition to this any residents experiencing any symptoms associated with COVID-19 are urged to contact the St. Peter’s Clinic at 491-5436 or 496-9724 for medical attention. The symptoms most commonly include fever, dry cough and difficulty breathing.
     

    Together we can contain the spread of COVID-19 in Montserrat.
     

    The Minister’s delivery of this statement can be viewed here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0yqI33QVCM

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