Saturday 24 October, 2020

COVID-19: Grenada declares limited State of Emergency

Grenada will go into a limited State of Emergency for the next 21 days as the government seeks to contain the spread of the coronavirus.  

The limited State of Emergency will go into effect from 6 pm today (March 25), and movement will only be allowed between the hours of 5 am and 7 pm, to conduct certain activities.  

Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell made the announcement during a televised address to the nation.

Dr Mitchell said he would ask the Governor-General to declare the limited State of Emergency for Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique.  
He expressed disappointment that despite global news about widespread suffering due to the coronavirus, there are persons in Grenada who believe it is still business as usual.  

Dr Mitchell said: “Some of us seem not to fully grasp the threat that is before us, some of us fail to recognise or appreciate the reality of the situation facing us.”  

He also noted that despite border closures, appeals for changes in cultural and social practices there are persons who are not being responsible.  

The Prime Minister said: “Grenadians returning home and visitors to our shores have failed to comply with the voluntary request for self-quarantine. People can be seen up and down the country like it is normal times. It is not.”  

On March 22, Grenada recorded its first COVID-19 patient.  

The patient’s health is stable and doctors continue to monitor her condition.  

Prime Minister Mitchell said the limited State of Emergency is not meant to punish but is designed to ensure the disease has as little damage as possible to the Grenadian people and the economy.  

He added that the entire nation will be called to prayer at an assigned date and time during the 21-day period.  

The regulations come to an end on April 1, 2020. 

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