Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris.

An extended curfew and 24-hr lockdown will take effect Friday from 6:01 a.m. when the current lock-down expires, and Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, has appealed to persons to use the recognized grace period to conduct essential business only.

“We realize that some people will be without food and necessary medicines and medical supplies, and on Friday and on the next day, Saturday, between the hours of 6 a.m. and 7 p.m., a limited or restricted curfew will allow persons to go to supermarkets and pharmacies, to restock on the necessities of life,” the prime minister said during his address to the nation Thursday. “If you need to buy food or medicine, we encourage that only one member of a household leave the residence to do so, that you prepare a list of your food items, avoid unnecessary shopping and frequent visits to the supermarkets.”

Prime Minister Harris strongly urged persons to shop in their communities as much as possible.

“Those of you who live in rural areas are further encouraged to purchase your food items in your local community shops and lessen any congestion that could take place if you travel to the City centre. I urge those of you who must leave your homes, to do your tasks and return to your home in the quickest time possible,” he stated.

Dr. Harris encouraged persons to continue to practice social distancing in the event they have to travel outside of their residencies.

“If you do have to go out, the Regulations require you to, and you must practice social or physical distancing. You should maintain a physical distance of at least six feet in or outside of any business place that you must visit. Everyone is encouraged to wear a face mask, which covers their nose and mouth,” he added.

The National Security Minister reminded that a curfew remains in place from 7 p.m. Friday, April 3 to 6 a.m. Saturday, April 4. The 24-hour lockdown will resume on Saturday from 7 p.m. until Wednesday, April 8 at 6 a.m.