GRD | Dec 22, 2020

Grenada imposes islandwide curfew to curb COVID-19 spread

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Curfew was triggered spike in cases caused by Sandals cluster. (Photo: US State Department)

Grenada is now under a curfew as part of measures to control and contain the spread of COVID-19, which has been spiking since a cluster was identified at the all-inclusive Sandals Resort on the weekend of December 12.

The Government of Grenada imposed the curfew, which started Monday night (December 21) at 8:00 pm.

In a news release from the Government Information Service, the incumbent administration reported, “It has become necessary, as part of intensified efforts to contain the recently detected cluster of COVID-19 cases, which experienced a further, spike Sunday with the confirmation of additional positive cases.”

Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Mitchell assured the nation that a 24-hour lockdown will not be implemented at this time. However, he confirmed that the full scope of Government’s heightened measures to safeguard the population was discussed at a Cabinet meeting yesterday.

Daytime operations continue as normal

According to him, “Daytime operation of businesses, including supermarkets, will continue as normal. Therefore, there is no need for panic buying and creating unnecessarily large gatherings which in turn create the environment for potential exposure to the deadly virus. Business owners and managers, I call on you to firmly implement the required protocols and ensure that customers are wearing their masks appropriately, sanitizing upon entry and remaining socially distanced.”

Currently, Grenada’s active COVID-19 cases stand at 54 while the total number of cases since the first person was confirmed in March 2020 is 103. The cluster connected to the Sandals Resort has identified more than 2000 with more than 1500 already tested.

The all-inclusive Sandals Grenada resort and spa along the Pink Gin Beach in the capital St George’s. (Photo: TripAdvisor)

Health officials have stepped up on their public awareness education reminding persons that all who are exposed directly or indirectly should be tested and or remain in quarantine for 14 days.

The Ministry of Health says that while most cases are experiencing mild or asymptomatic, one person has developed pneumonia while another has developed an undisclosed complication. However, the General Manager of Sandals La Source, Grenada has challenged the claim from local health officials that has linked the all-inclusive resort to an increase in cases of COVID-19 across the island.

According to Peter Fraser, the resort is “particularly troubled to find ourselves the subject of inaccurate and unsubstantiated information being disseminated in the very early days of this issue, much of which, we categorically refute.” In a statement on Thursday, Fraser said the company takes the pandemic seriously.

General Manager of Sandals La Source in Grenada, Peter Fraser. (Photo: YouTube)

In its statement, the resort, declared, “We implore that the dissemination of information to the public be rational and based on fact. Any other approach creates unnecessary complications not just for the destinations but for the population. We were dismayed to see the Chief Medical Officer and the Minister of Health hosts a press briefing at a time of limited facts and information, to insinuate any lapse in protocols on our part.”


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