COVID-19| Linden Municipality roles out curfew to fight virus

penalties for persons who may disobey

DPI, Guyana, Thursday, March 26, 2020

The Linden Mayor and Town Council has implemented a regional curfew beginning Saturday, March 28, as it joins the national effort to mitigate the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

A release from the municipality on Thursday stated that all businesses must be closed from 6pm to 6am, except for supermarkets and pharmacies who were given a 7pm to 6am curfew.

These restrictions will be introduced at Ituni, Kwakwani, Coomaka, 47 Mile, 58 Mile, Anarika, Rockstone and all population centres in Upper Demerara-Berbice district.

Only essential workers including nurses and police officers will be allowed on the streets beyond 8pm. Other residents must be indoors from 8pm to 6am.

Anyone found disobeying these orders can be detained by law enforcement officers.

Additionally, a Regional Health Emergency Committee (RHEC) was established. The team includes, among others, the Regional Executive Officer, Deputy Regional Executive Officer and the disciplined services.

Subcommittees were also implemented to manage the affairs of the Region’s Health and Welfare, Safety and Security, Business and Transportation, Communications, and Logistics. According to the release, this will be a 24hours operation and will see the committees engaging every 48 hours.

Residents are further advised to follow all health safety guidelines; wash and sanitise their hands frequently and avoid crowds.

Should they fall ill, contact can be made to the following hotline numbers; (592) – 444-6127, 444-6137, 231-1166, 226-7480, 7180.

Linden is the second-largest town in Guyana after Georgetown with a population of roughly 30,000 residents.

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