Thursday 6 August, 2020

No COVID-19 but Grenada closes schools, stops visits to elderly homes

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Grenada is facing the reality that it’s only a matter of time that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will reach its shores as other CARICOM countries continue to detect cases. 

To mitigate the negative impact of this, several measures will take effect from Monday (March 16) to safeguard Grenadians and contain the virus.  

In a national statement to the country, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell outlined the following.  

  • All schools in Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique will be closed for two weeks in the first instance as a necessary precaution. 

  • Teachers will work from home from next Wednesday (March 18). Educators and school administrators will report for school on Monday and Tuesday to prepare all relevant materials needed to work remotely.  

  • Social distancing is a new term in the fight against COVID-19. We are requesting that all public and social gatherings such as cultural, religious, sporting and cinemas that cannot guarantee a minimum of six feet of social distancing, be suspended until further notice.  

  • Effective immediately all visits to elderly nursing homes are suspended until further notice. Those receiving care at home are to exercise extreme caution.  

Sticking to the topic of social distancing, Prime Minister Mitchell further advised that persons refrain from using public transportation when possible and at the same time encouraged bus operators to continue to sanitise their vehicles using a bleach and water mixture.  

Grenadians should expect to see aggressive santisation measures taking place in public spaces where necessary.  

Dr Mitchell says the people at greatest risk are the elderly and those with serious long-term health conditions like diabetes, heart and lung diseases.  

The Prime Minister in his appeal said: “Abstain from touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth with unclean hands and adopt social distancing practices as much as possible.”  

Grenada does not have any confirmed case of the coronavirus.  

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