National Security Minister Stuart Young has announced stay-at-home measures from March 30 to April 15 and listed what the essential services are.
The full list, which we shall also publish, will be released later today but he listed the essential services at a news conference this morning.
The following are our notes of some of the services he mentioned:
- Primary emergency and protective services
- State and private emergency ambulances
- Police Service, Defence Force, Fire Services, Immigration, SSA
- Basic services concerning provision of health, hospital, water, electricity, fire, civil aviation, funeral homes, public work facilities, prisons, Immigration detention centres, TSTT
- Children’s homes, community residences, rehabilitation centres
- Places for disabled, socially displaced, elderly, geriatric
- Private security firms, estate constables, SRPs
- Social services homes, removal of solid waste
- Financial services including banking and other institutions under Financial Institutions Act and all support services to financial institutions
- Care-givers for the elderly and those who require it
- Services necessary for maintaining safety, sanitation and essential operations of personal residents including plumbers, electricians, exterminators and live-in domestic workers
- Convenience stores, corner shops, discount stores, supermarkets, groceries, pharmacies and hardware
- All government services closed except ministries and municipal corporations and they will decide essential services necessary
- Inland Revenue Division, Treasury, Central Bank, Customs and Excise
- Port operations, truck drivers providing delivery services
- Automated repair and maintenance facilities who are providing direct support to essential services
- Manufacturers and distribution of food, beverages, pharmaceuticals
- Postal operations
- Repair of aircraft, movement of cargo and passengers, aviation and airport operations, loading and unloading repair of ships and storage and delivery of goods off ports
- Public transportation of water taxis, motor vehicles and buses
- Workers supporting groceries, pharmacies and retail selling food and a beverage
- Restaurants can have take away but no in-house dining
- Media which include workers supporting newspapers, radio, television and online services
- Services related to food production, agriculture, fisheries and feed production
- Energy services, oil and gas industries, gas stations
- Hotels guest houses
- Seismic Research Unit at UWI
- Not including construction sites and workers but specific exemption for workers engaged in health care facilities
- Persons responsible for lighting and keeping going, furnaces and kilns in manufacturing operations
He said the Minister of Health, after consultation with Minister of National Security and the Prime Minister can amend this list.
He said all the decisions are being driven by advice from experts.
Young reminded the population that it is not business as usual. He also said that only the essential workers in the essential businesses should be out and that they should walk with identification.
Persons going to the pharmacies, groceries and to get food will have to be able to explain this to the police.
He said all public transport and licenses vehicles that provide transportation to the public, will only be allowed to operate at 50 per cent.
Meanwhile, after news of a second COVID-19 death, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said the Ministry will only announce deaths in their 10 am and 4 pm updates.
“We followed process identified by Chief Medical Officer before we made the death public, for the family to be informed and for the family to bring in their death certificates and we must give the public enough time to process what has happened,” he said.