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Apr 22, 2020

Special Sitting of the House to Discuss Extension of State of Emergency

A Special Sitting of the House of Representatives is being called for April twenty-seventy. But unlike past meetings of the House, Monday’s sitting will be only by quorum, which means the members will not be present in the chambers. The sole order of business is that government needs the approval of the House to continue the state of emergency.  A motion will be tabled and is expected to be get full support to extend the period of public emergency in the country for another two months. The current S.O.E., which came into effect on April first, is running out on April thirtieth, so the House will have to approve an extension due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.  The House is expected to extend the S.O.E. and then it will go to the Senate on Tuesday. On the ground, the lockdown, which was in effect for two weeks, comes to an end this weekend.  This means that barring any extension to this lockdown then some sectors will reopen such as construction and hardware, public transportation. The total Sunday lockdown will also be no more. Depending on how the number of cases evolve this weekend, and if there are no new infections, the reopening of other sectors will be determined by the National Oversight Committee, even as the state of emergency is in place. Already, it is known that the reopening of borders and airports will not take place until much later to prevent any imported cases of COVID-19.

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