Government considering further easing of curfew hours, reopening of more businesses

Health Minister, Dr. Irving McIntyre, speaking during a COVID-19 press briefing on June 5

Given that there’s currently no evidence of the spread of COVID-19 in communities in Dominica, the government is considering a further relaxation of the restrictive measures regarding curfew hours and the re-opening of the remaining closed businesses on the island.

Health minister, Irving McIntyre, said, while making the announcement during a press briefing over the weekend, that these companies include tour operators, cinemas, bars, lotto blasts and gyms as well as the returning of public officers to their normal pre -COVID stations and arrangements.

He said the details of these changes will be made available to the public during the course of this week but at present, all curfew times and business hours remain the same.

“This new normal way of life calls for a change in mindset from all of us, particularly the youth since you, more likely than not will, in the future, face other health emergencies of concern,” Dr. McIntyre noted.

The health minister further stressed that the returning home of Dominicans and the increasing relaxation of restrictive measures should not result in citizens letting down their guard and losing focus.

“The public health and social measures such as washing of hands, proper wearing of masks and physical distancing must remain in practice,” he cautioned.

He said the re-opening of the country’s borders remains a challenge because, at present, it poses the risk of importing more cases.

McIntyre said that as a result, the government must be sensible in its approach to achieve the safest and most appropriate option for Dominica.

“We must face this pandemic with optimism and see the opportunity to become personally responsible for our health and that of our communities,” declared Dominica’s top health official.

At present, the country has two active cases of COVID-19.

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14 Comments

  1. WayPapa
    June 9, 2020

    Maybe but what is your point? Comment? What are you trying to say? way papa Maybe! Read what u write nah!

  2. Josephine francis
    June 9, 2020

    I would open for those that want to go back home

  3. Maybe
    June 9, 2020

    Dominica pm is god of the Caribbean that’s why there can’t open yet how is he going to feed all the people for two weeks that have there own home that he can send home that’s why we so behind god back I’m watching st kitts is a hand full and have an international airport what we have lizard running ministry

    • WayPapa
      June 9, 2020

      Maybe but what is your point? Comment? What are you trying to say? way papa Maybe! Read what u write nah!

      • Maybe
        June 10, 2020

        Waypapa learn parables and you will know what I mean da is the cabal of Caribbean its not developed a pm there for 20 yrs and country is not going forward its going like a crawfish

  4. Sasha
    June 9, 2020

    When can person with high risk return to work?

  5. Maybe
    June 8, 2020

    Cam the state you live in you have to call the governor and they make the arrangement be safe god bless

  6. Cam
    June 8, 2020

    Sir please let us American citizens go home enough is enough We want to go home !!!!

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    • Hide & Seek
      June 9, 2020

      How long are these hypocrites going to continue to hide behind covid-19? At this point the airport or sea port should be opened so Dominicans that are stock abroad could make their way back home. It cannot be right for Skerrit to bring down who he wants and for the rest of us to be stock in very unfriendly situations and we cannot pay our way to our country at a time when Antigua, St. Lucia and Grenada are opened for tourism. I firmly believe these corrupt hypocrites are hiding from something other than covid-19. It cannot be right for them to open to Chinese and Venezuelans friends that might be bringing all kinds of illegal stuff down and yet they cannot open the airport or sea port so Dominicans that want to come home could come even if we have to be quarantined. It’s time to stop that foolishness man

      • grammar and spelling
        June 9, 2020

        Stuck, not stock.

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      • Waypapa
        June 9, 2020

        Hide and Seek where are you? Not on this earth I am sure. Do you know what is happening around the world? What has happened? Do you read, listen to the news, etc. Do you realize that everything cannot happen one time? Those who come in have to be tested, go into quarantine. Do u listen to the news. Just bring you and everyone down and then what? Go read what is happening worldwide and you will know which seaport and airport that is still closed.
        You remember that the last time someone was told to be quarantined, that he went loose and what happened? Your homework. Be patient for everyone cannot come down one time. Do you know that there are some people still on the sea in tourist ships? Be compassionate as it is not only you that is stuck somewhere. Put yourself in their shoes. Imagine a little. How many months on the ships in the ocean.

        • ouvert la porte la
          June 11, 2020

          so what the moda.s that have to do with the price of rice in china?…ahhh! Ok with all what that happening dont you think virus spreading in all that. if virus have to spread it will spread, natural selection is inevitable. makes no sense you survive a virus only to suffer in a f….. depression. other caribbean countries opening becuase thier governments have the simple common sense to see the economies cannot bear that strain for any longer. who die must bury, life have to go on and nobody lives forever period. open the f…. country!!!

    • Hope
      June 9, 2020

      american citizens should be knowledgeable in dealing with situations like this according to my little knowledge all the citizens of another country have to do is get in touch with there embassies and they will make necessary arrangements to get you out america will go in a middle of a war to gets its citizens out and to safety

    • Josephine francis
      June 9, 2020

      All those that have to go back home send them because they have to send food for their family please open the way for them

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