Barbados will move into phase two of its exit strategy of the lockdown enforced to manage the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic from Monday, May 4.
And, while that will see a number of private and public sector entities that were closed over recent weeks reopening, it will also see a number of new operational protocols being implemented.
These were among measures outlined by Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley during a two-hour long address to the nation on matters of national importance on the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation last night.
Among them were protocols for how persons should travel to and from work; protocols for employers and employees; the wearing of masks by the general public; sanitation concerns and the continued protection of the vulnerable in society.
“Wherever possible, workers should travel to their workplace alone, using their transport. Many, who will travel on public transport, will know that buses will be limited to 60 per cent capacity now to provide sufficient space, and only one person at a time can sit in a row, on a row of chairs,” the Prime Minister outlined.
Employers and employees will also have to follow a number of new protocols when they return to the office next week to ensure their safety, and reduce exposure to COVID-19.