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Oct 15, 2021

New COVID Measures Will Extend to the End of 2021

A new statutory instrument to address the surge in COVID-19 cases was introduced by the Ministry of Health and Wellness on Thursday evening.  The fifty-five page document succeeded an appearance of health officials on government’s bi-weekly Up 2 The Minute social media broadcast during which Dr. Julio Sabido broke down the new measures.  Those incoming regulations will come into force on October twentieth and will remain in place until the end of the year.  Here’s Dr. Sabido on SI Number 119.

 

Dr. Julio Sabido, Ministry of Health & Wellness

“From now up to December 31st, 2021, the restriction measures have been decided and will be implemented, provided that the population cooperates and adheres to the public health measures.  In other words, these measures will depend vastly on the collective action or inaction of the people.  The reason for deciding and putting these measures up to December 31st, 2021 is to give some sort of certainty to the general population for planning. I want to make it absolutely clear that hospitals are not included in the definition of public buildings.  In other words, you do not need to be vaccinated, you do not need to present a vaccine card and you do not need to present a negative test when you are seeking or accessing healthcare.  So these restrictions, the ones I am going to name right now, are going to last up to December 31st, 2021.  The curfew remains from nine p.m. to four a.m.  Restaurants, saloons, diners and other similar establishments are allowed to operate.  They may offer dining-in services by reservations only, but for no more than fifty percent of the seating capacity and for fully vaccinated persons only.  Restaurants that have proper ventilation or a restaurant that has, an open-air restaurant or an outdoor restaurant, or an alfresco dining restaurant that is allowed to operate may offer dining in services by reservation only for no more than seventy-five percent of its seating capacity, with fully vaccinated persons only.”


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