Government of Montserrat

24 HOUR CURFEW – YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED!

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

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

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

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

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

DENGUE CASES ON THE INCREASE ON MONTSERRAT – PUBLIC TO REMAIN VIGILANT

While COVID-19 concerns demands local attention; another health threat (dengue) is proving challenging for Montserrat.
 

The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) said an outbreak of dengue emerged on island in October 2019 and five months later, it is still proving difficult to contain. To date there have been 143 cases and one death.
 

Dengue is a potentially fatal viral disease that is spread from person to person via the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito.
 

Since the first case was identified on island, a number of measures have been employed by the Environmental Health Department to eliminate the Dengue vector and its breeding sites.
 

Principal Environmental Health Officer, Mr. Garrett Stanley explained that, “Apart from our routine inspections and eradication programme which we would have intensified. The Vector Control Team has conducted island wide fogging, instituted a number of public sensitization programmes and started a drum programme; whereby the drums of residents who collect water for farming and other purposes are mosquito-proofed free of charge.”
 

These measures were showing success with weekly cases dropping from as high as 13 to 3. However, the number of cases are once again on the increase; reaching to as many as 10 cases per week in the past month.
 

The Vector Control Team also noted that home inspections are revealing multiple breeding sites at many residences.
 

The Ministry is therefore cautioning residents not to become complacent in their efforts to eradicate their surroundings of mosquito breeding sites.
 

Members of the public are reminded that the Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes breeds in any standing or stagnant water. Home and yard inspections, should therefore be conducted at least three times per week to ensure that your yard and living space is free of mosquito breeding sites. Common breeding sites include buckets and drums, vases, dish drainers, pet bowls and even some plants and guttering.
 

In addition to this, protect yourself from bites by installing screens on your windows and door, wear appropriate clothing and use insect repellents on exposed skin.
The Environmental Health Department is now implementing targeted fogging in key areas across the island and remains available to assist residents with inspections, mosquito- proofing of water collection drums and providing other aids to person who must collect water for agriculture and other purposes.
 

To access the services of the Environmental Health Department the public is advised to call 491-6057.
 

GOVERNMENT CONDUCTING A COVID19 IMPACT ASSESSMENT ON BUSINESSES

The Trade and Quality Infrastructure Division, in the Office of the Premier is conducting a COVID-19 impact assessment on businesses in the private sector, to inform the Government of Montserrat’s policies to address the effects on the business community.
 

The division has therefore circulated a form for businesses to complete and submit. This will allow for the collection of first hand data from the businesses which have felt this impact of COVID-19.
 

Completed forms are available for download on the government website at the following link:
 

Office of the Premier


 

The form can also be accessed on the following google docs link: https://forms.gle/t87woNuUFvEiV5hY8
 

CLOSURE OF NON-ESSENTIAL GOVERNMENT SERVICES

March 25, 2020 GIU, Davy Hill Montserrat– Following Cabinet’s decision to close all non-essential businesses on island for a period of fourteen (14) days effective Thursday March 26, 2020, the Office of the Deputy Governor is informing the public and Government employees that all non-essential Government of Montserrat offices closed at the end of business today (Wednesday March 25, 2020).
 

This therefore means that as of Thursday March 26, only essential Government of Montserrat staff should attend their workplace.
 

Public Officers, who do not fall into the ‘essential workers’ category are therefore asked to finalize the necessary arrangements to allow them to work remotely as a matter of urgency, from tomorrow Thursday 26h March 2020. All non-essential civil servants are required to work from home and not return to the workplace until Tuesday April 14, 2020, unless otherwise directed.
 

The Office of the Deputy Governor has noted that there will be some civil servants who are not essential staff and who will not be able to continue to deliver their work remotely due to the nature of their jobs. These individuals are reminded that they are subject to redeployment to assist with filling any capacity gaps arising from the Government of Montserrat’s COVID-19 response. These employees are therefore asked to remain available and flexible should their services be required.
 

The following have been identified as essential services at this time:
• Royal Montserrat Police Service (o include Marine and IBSU);
• Fire and Rescue Service;
• Prison Services;
• Ministry of Health and Social Services (All Departments);
• Airport Management;
• Radio Montserrat;
• Government information Unit;
• Cesspool Operators and Driver;
• Security Night Watchmen;
• Customs;
• Supreme Court Registry (births and deaths);
• Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (at the direction of the DPP);
• Attorney General’s Chambers (at the direction of the Attorney General);
• Department of Information and E-Govemment Services (DITES);
• Ministry of Finance (Budget and Economic Team, Treasury, General Post Office) and
• DMCA
 

Employees in the following areas are expected to be On Call:
 
• Air Traffic;
• Access;
• External Affairs;
• Cabinet Secretariat;
• PWD;
• Vehicle Maintenance;
• Sanitary and Phytosanitary;
• Plant/Nursery Workers;
• Animal Protection workers, and
• Consular/Passport Services
 

The above list of areas is subject to review and from time to time adjustments will be made as the situation demands.
 

All Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Non-Ministerial Departments are considered essential personnel and will work either fulltime or remotely or a combination of both. In the case of uniformed services, non-uniform support staff may be deemed essential at the discretion of the Head of Department.
 

Let’s Contain COVID19 Together!
 

PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER WITH NEW COVID-19 MEASURES TAKES EFFECT AT 6PM ON MARCH 26

March 25, 2020 GIU, Davy Hill Montserrat– The Government of Montserrat has announced several new measures aimed at curtailing the spread of the Corona Virus, COVID–19 on the island.
 

In response to the confirmation of Montserrat’s second COVID-19 case, Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon. Joseph E Farrell announced several additional measures, in a press conference today (March 25), which were agreed to in an emergency Cabinet meeting on Tuesday March 24th.
 

The measures have been outlined in the Public Health (COVID-19 Control and suppression) order S. R.O. 18 of 2020. The new measures are being put in place for the suppression and containment of COVID-19, and include a further restriction on large gatherings and the implementation of a curfew.
 

The order provides for a lowering of the gathering of persons from 25 to four. As of tomorrow (Thursday March 26, 2020) at 6pm, no gatherings larger than four persons will be permitted on Montserrat. The only exception to this is for gatherings at a funeral, which would allow for a maximum of 15 persons. Additionally, the restriction on gatherings does not apply for a large gathering at a customs airport and a customs port, if the purpose is for passengers arriving and leaving the island. The restriction also does not apply to a person employed to provide an essential service.
 

The order also makes provisions for a curfew to be in place from 7p.m. daily to 5a.m. the following day. From 5:00a.m. to 7:00p.m. daily persons are allowed to be in a public place if the purpose is to seek medical care, shop for necessities such as food and medicine; conduct a transaction at the bank; care for a family member or a pet; travel to and from work as an essential service provider, and to engage in an outdoor activity (exercise) to include walking, biking or hiking either alone or in a group of no more than 4 persons.
 

The Public Health Order specifies the essential services as follows: air traffic; fire, prison, defence or police service; medical, health, hospital, infirmary or nursing home services; telecommunications or broadcasting services; water, electricity or sanitation services; banking business services; grocery, agriculture or pharmaceutical products; immigration, customs or postal services; services connected with the Legislative Assembly; 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; services connected with oil-refining and with the loading and distribution, transportation or retail of petroleum fuel, liquefied natural gas or any renewable energy source. Public services connected with the payment of salaries, pensions and other benefits, in government departments, agencies and statutory bodies; services conducted with the Judiciary; services connected with essential government functions as determined by the Hon. Deputy Governor; and airport, sea port, civil aviation and ferry services are all specified as essential services.
 

Premier Farrell said the Royal Montserrat Police Service (RMPS) would be given additional responsibility within the confines of the law to arrest and charge persons who are found to be violating these measures.
 

These measures will remain in place until April 10, 2020, along with the previously announced closure of schools and the requirement for persons arriving on Montserrat to self-quarantine for 14 days from the date of arrival.
 

Additionally, the ‘Immigration (Prohibition on Entry Order) S.R.O 19 of 2020’ prevents a person from entering Montserrat, except for Montserratians, a permit or permanent residence holder, crew members of an aircraft or ship, and the immediate family or dependant of the aforementioned categories.
 

The full orders can be read here:
 

S R O 18 OF 2020 – PUBLIC HEALTH (COVID-19 CONTROL AND SUPPRESSION) ORDERS
 

S R O 19 OF 2020 – IMMIGRATION (PROHIBITION ON ENTRY) ORDER
 

STATEMENT BY PREMIER JOSEPH E. FARRELL ON NEW GOVERNMENT MEASURES FOLLOWING 2nd CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASE

(Wednesday March 25, 2020) Statement delivered during press conference.
 

Premier, Hon. Joseph E. Farrell


 

My fellow Montserratians, residents, visitors and members of the Press.
 

As promised, I will continue to update you on my Government’s actions as we work through this COVID-19 pandemic together.
 

As part of the Ministry of Health’s response to managing the Corona Virus Pandemic here on island, samples are collected from persons displaying Flu Like symptoms and are sent overseas to be analyzed.
 

On Monday March 23rd, 2020, the Ministry sent eight samples to the Caribbean Public health Agency (CARPHA) laboratory in Trinidad.
 

The results of those samples returned on Tuesday March 24, 2020, showing 7 negatives and one positive case of the Corona Virus.
 

Last evening through a Government Information Unit Press release, the results of those tests were shared with the Population.

 
Therefore, the Minister of Health – Hon. Charles Kirnon, Director of Primary Health Care, Dr. Dorothea Hazel-Blake and I, are here today to provide a further update and to respond to questions from the press.
 

As of yesterday Tuesday March 24, we recorded a SECOND CASE of the Corona virus, while we were hoping for no additional positive cases, we have to accept this reality and implement measures to prevent any further transmission —“One additional case of COVID -19, IS ONE CASE TOO MANY FOR MONTSERRAT
 

The announcement of Montserrat’s first case would have caused some anxiety, and no doubt the announcement of a second case will cause further concern and quite rightly so. After all, we are dealing with many uncertainties where this virus is concerned.
 

In my many press briefings, I reminded you the people of this country that your health and safety is my government’s top priority and that if and when circumstance demands it, my government will not hesitate to put additional measures in place to safeguard your health.
 

Following last evening’s announcement, Cabinet convened an emergency meeting and has agreed on some additional measures.
 

The measures in place will provide for a lock down of Montserrat, with the exception of essential services. These measures are being put in place for the suppression and containment of COVID-19. The new order lays out, the essential services and also provides for a lowering of the gathering of persons from 25 to four. As of tomorrow (Friday March 26) at 6:00p.m. no gatherings larger than 4 will be permitted on Montserrat – with one exception, for funerals. In the case of funerals, 15 persons will be allowed.
 

However, the restriction on public gatherings to four persons, does not apply to customs Airport and Seaport for passengers embarking and disembarking the island, and it does not apply to persons providing essential services on Montserrat.
 

We continue to ask you to adhere to social distancing, that is, 6 feet between each other to avoid the spread.
 

In addition, a curfew has been implemented from 7p.m. to 5a.m. daily. During the period 5a.m. to 7:00p.m. daily, persons are permitted to be in public places for certain purposes, that is for medical purposes, pharmaceuticals, shopping and for travelling to and from work. The purpose of engaging with individuals in public is not provided for. We also provide for persons to gather in no more than 4, for the purpose of exercising, as we recognise that the health of our people does in fact require people to exercise.
 

The order also provides for essential business places to close at 6p.m. daily to ensure workers are off the street before the curfew hour of 7p.m. The restriction of this curfew does not apply to essential services, such as Montserrat Utilities Limited, the hospital, the police and fire service. The full list will be published.
 

In addition to these measures, the previous measures which were in place will still continue. Schools are closed during the period and persons entering the country will be required to self-quarantine for 14-days.
 

This order comes into place at 6:00p.m. tomorrow March 26, 2020.
 

However, whilst we continue to do all in our power to keep you safe and healthy, we also need everyone to play their part to prevent, detect, manage, and contain the spread of COVID-19 within our community.

 
The Government of Montserrat does not take the health our population lightly, as we see the widespread effect this pandemic is having on the lives of people across the world.
 

To this end, the Police will be given additional responsibility within the confines of the law to arrest and charge persons who have been found to be violating these measures. As it is only by complying with these regulations will we be able to manage this crisis effectively.
 

I want to close by reassuring the Montserrat public that your Premier, Ministers, Health Authorities, Public Service and other key stakeholders are actively monitoring the situation and will continue to make decisions on future adjustments based on risk assessments.
 

Remember that we are all in this together and we shall overcome.
 

Let us contain COVID-19 together.