Less restrictions, more activities on the program for Barbados

As Barbados continues to reopen, a new government directive announced the removal of the 12:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. curfew effective February 14, 2022. This comes as public health officials continue to manage the pandemic, with approximately 70% of the total eligible population receiving at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The new directive highlighted other updates, including:

• There will be no activity restrictions on the beach and parks, and Barbadians and visitors will once again be allowed to enjoy these facilities without limitation.

• Hiking will also only be permitted in groups of up to 30 people.

• Pleasure boats and private boats, chartered for private cruises will increase from 50% to 100% of their authorized number of passengers. Proof of vaccination or test will be required before boarding.

• Cricket capacity at Kensington Oval for the next international tournaments in March will increase from 60% to 80% fully vaccinated.

• The six-foot rule for distancing will no longer apply, except when people are exercising together outside, without wearing a mask. In all other cases, physical distancing of at least three feet will apply.

In addition to the eased restrictions, visitors to the island can also expect the return of several sports and entertainment activities when Barbados reopens. Some of the major upcoming events already announced for 2022 include the highly anticipated England vs West Indies cricket tour in March; the World Surfing League QS3000 in April; the annual Barbados Jazz Excursion and Golf Weekend in October; and a busy schedule of motorsport activities taking place at Bushy Park.

Speaking on the destination’s growing calendar of events, Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Senator Hon. Lisa Cummins said: “We look to the future with great optimism as we welcome the return of so many beloved activities to our shores. From motorsport to jazz, we are once again offering travelers the opportunity to immerse themselves in our culture and experience the warmth and hospitality of our people.

She added that “Our tourism, entertainment, culture and sports sectors, among others, continue to drive demand for the Barbados destination. The recently updated protocols represent an important and progressive step for us to be able to meet this demand in a way that is close to and hopefully better than what we were providing before COVID. (PR)

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Richard V. Johnson