Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has announced that Phase 3 of the reopening of the economy following the COVID-19 restrictions, will be moved up to this coming Monday.

The following will begin from Monday:

  • All managers of the Public Service will be required at work
  • All other public servants will work on a rotational basis, eg Mon-Wed-Fri or Tue-Thu, not every day
  • All retail establishments, including malls – must all close at 6 pm
  • All professional services, including health care services to open
  • Play Whe, lotto and all NLCB services restart
  • Caribbean Airlines to add more daily flights; port more sailings to and from Tobago
  • Book shops to open
  • Eating outlets at malls will remain take-away services
  • Outdoor dining spaces at hotels will be allowed ONLY for guests
  • Gatherings will remain at 5 and taxis at 50 per cent

Phase 4 will begin the following Monday, June 8. It will include the restart of barber and hairdressing services as well as spas. It will also include the reopening of the full public sector.

Phase 5 is earmarked June 22 but the Prime Minister said it could be earlier.

More on this later.