State of Emergency and curfew lifted but some safety protocols must continue says health minister

Dr. Irving McIntyre (right) speaking on the Anou Palay programme

With the end of the State of Emergency and curfew in Dominica, Health Minister, Dr. Irving McIntyre, has announced the lifting of a number of protocols that were put in place in light of Covid-19 but has made it clear that physical distancing, hand hygiene and the wearing of masks must continue.

“We have not had any confirmed case of Covid-19 for the past 84 days; we have no active cases presently neither do we have any suspected cases and there are only three (3) persons in quarantine,” McIntyre said during a press briefing held on Wednesday. “In view of these facts, as of today, Wednesday 1st July, all curfew restrictions are lifted, physically distancing will now be 3ft.”

Sporting activities have also been allowed to resume, allowing for spectators. Day Care Centres are also allowed to be reopened as well as public and entertainment events, churches and places of worship, but with a maximum of 250 persons. He said further consideration will be given to larger events in the future.

Visits to hospitals and nursing homes are limited to one person at any one time, according to Dr. McIntyre.

He pointed out that continued adherence to hand hygiene and the wearing of masks also applies to all businesses which were previously allowed to open, as well as churches.

“The protocols we have developed and made available to all businesses must be adhered to,” the Minister warned.

The minister appealed to members of the public not to be complacent.

“We in the Ministry of Health are thanking you the public for your cooperation and compliance so far in fighting this Covid-19 pandemic, but we are again pleading with you the public, be diligent and do not become complacent,” he urged. “We must not let down our guard because that is the only way we can ensure our safety and the best outcome possible as regards to Covid-19.”

McIntyre gave the assurance that the ministry of health will continue its surveillance activities and the health promotion team will continue to do their best to keep the public informed and updated.

“The Ministry of Health is also fully engaged in making sure we have an adequate amount of testing supplies and other medical supplies, such as masks and PPE’s [Personal Protective Equipment],” he stated.

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12 Comments

  1. Viewsexpressed
    July 4, 2020

    Guess they are swearing to Blind loyal. It’s typical of this incompetent failed Labour government.
    Under Skerrit This nonsensical behaviour in our Government is worrying and despicable. Skerrit knows nothing of Socioeconomic development and decency in politics to have our struggling people Able to support this failed incompetent Labour government where we see no difference in our Dominica and our people who are struggling with no jobs, no cash and this illiterate political Labour government/party are dunce and illiterate to the protocol and processes of socioeconomic development focus of our government and our struggling people. It’s all about Skerrit and his fa noiled questionable incompetent Labour government and blind idiotic supporters (suppose to be smart and educated) following and blindly attempting to promote and defend this Failed Skerrit. It’s the abuse of vulnerable children, as and families desperately in need of jobs and not depend on Skerrit who has killed our…

  2. Toto
    July 3, 2020

    Why are Skerrit and Dr. McIntyre nor swearing masks.

    • Viewsexpressed
      July 4, 2020

      Guess they are swearing to Blind loyal. It’s typical of this incompetent failed Labour government.
      Under Skerrit This nonsensical behaviour in our Government is worrying and despicable. Skerrit knows nothing of Socioeconomic development and decency in politics to have our struggling people Able to support this failed incompetent Labour government where we see no difference in our Dominica and our people who are struggling with no jobs, no cash and this illiterate political Labour government/party are dunce and illiterate to the protocol and processes of socioeconomic development focus of our government and our struggling people. It’s all about Skerrit and his failed questionable incompetent Labour government and blind idiotic supporters (suppose to be smart and educated) following and blindly attempting to promote and defend this Failed Skerrit. It’s the abuse of vulnerable children, as and families desperately in need of jobs and not depend on Skerrit who has killed our…

  3. Jim Jones
    July 2, 2020

    Off course the lies, cover-up, theft and fraudulous transaction is over so curfew and state of emergency over. Those workers of Iniquity, those evil workers, those disciples of Jim Jones did all what they had to do like zombies, while they put us on State of emergency and curfew so we could not see, could not hear and couldn’t act. Next we will hear cabinet bought the mansion for $50 million and donated it to Jim Jones.

  4. I Will Not Too Fay
    July 2, 2020

    None of them are wearing masks but I must too fay under one? Jamais!

    • Batibou River
      July 3, 2020

      One set of rules for one lot and another set of rules for others. That’s how things are. Get used to it. Clearly, you all like it otherwise we would have had a different result in December. By the way, is your monthly rent more than $30,000 per month? No? Well you see what I’m saying?

  5. Maybe
    July 2, 2020

    Sir I disagreed with you and that 3ft if you sneeze it goes more than 3ft you should know better than that

    • Breathe
      July 2, 2020

      That’s why people need to wear masks. This will prevent the sneeze from spreading.

      • Sekmet Ra
        July 3, 2020

        The masks are useless and actually diminishes your health… the opposite of what the beasts claim that they do. We need to be exposed to bacteria, viruses, etc so that our bodies can develop immunity to them. Without that you’re a walking dead. Do you really think the UN, WHO, OECS, EU, and the governments around the world that are controlled by the UN, WHO, US, etc., actually care about the people? Come on folks…think, and question everything? You’ve got to be more intelligent than this. Many people are getting sick from wearing masks. Wearing masks as the “new normal” and social distancing are both dangerous for your physical, spiritual and mental health. Furthermore, the wearing of the mask is an occult ritual that you’re willingly taking part in, helping to usher in the New World Order. This is a Plan-demic all pre-planned deception with fear as their main weapon, and you are falling for it. Wake up Dominica!

        • Breathe
          July 4, 2020

          I’m sorry but I think that’s ridiculous
          Don’t let your great wisdom blind you to simple facts

        • Wake up my people
          July 4, 2020

          100 per cent agree! The Caribbean and Africa need to wake up. They want to trial the vaccine on us first when we have the lowest rate. Also, people need to do their research. People die every day from all sorts of illnesses. 516,000 dead so far from C-19 is only 2.6% of global deaths yearly. They give you figure of 11 million contracting virus to scare you to death – and it’s working amongst us because we just listen to news and don’t research. More people die from cancer, flu and other illnesses. But we seen to ha forgotten about that! Wake up people. If you don’t . Be first in line for vaccine as that will surely kill you!!

  6. July 2, 2020

    In regards to all points of entry reopening on the 15th of july, what measures will the ministry of health take, to ensure total public safety?

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