While he is pleased that people will be able to enjoy their favourite meals, he said there ought to be caution because the country is opening up with more COVID-19 cases than it did coming out of the last lockdown
As the country’s food sector prepares to return to business, through takeaway tomorrow, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is urging the public to be responsible.
While he is pleased that people will be able to enjoy their favourite meals, he said there ought to be caution because the country is opening up with more COVID-19 cases than it did coming out of the last lockdown.
“Now, we are starting from a much higher threshold. What that means is that the increase in the negatives will be considerably higher,” Dr Rowley said.
“When you demand that we do more, we open up, we do less in terms of protection and in furtherance of your rights and your rights, remember, we don’t want to count our outcome in the column of deaths and overflowing hospitals.”
The Prime Minister called on those planning to purchase food in the coming week to act responsibly for the sake of themselves, their loved ones and the country at large.
“I want to caution you, go enjoy your food and restaurant food and so on, but please as you do so – do not congregate. You may be in a line. You may be in a group, but spread out. Stay six feet away from the person in front of you and we will all be happy you’re getting your favourite meal, but safely,” he said.
While the manufacturing sector reopened last Monday and the food sector will reopen tomorrow, the general retail sector will remain closed for now, Dr Rowley said, because government is keeping an eye on how the phased reopening, which began last week, unfolds until the end of the month.
He said the government remains cautious as it doesn’t want to risk reopening too quickly, leading to a new wave of infections.
Dr Rowley also confirmed that while the government is considering requests to allow E-Commerce and E-Trade, a decision has not been taken, as yet, to permit it.
“We are still looking at that because we are not yet ready to open it up across the board to everyone and, you know, in this country, if you just give to those ready today, we face the discrimination argument but we are looking to see how we can facilitate that kind of business in the very near future. And once it is in the context of what we are trying to risk at this time, we will consider it,” he said.
Latest data on the pandemic from the Ministry of Health shows that there were eight additional deaths and 235 new cases. There are currently 5,838 active COVID-19 cases.