More businesses urged to join Covid fight

−No time for complacency, says Min. Anthony

Minister of Health, Hon, Dr. Frank Anthony is again appealing to citizens and members of the business community to take heed of the COVID-19 guidelines. 

During Tuesday’s COVID-19 Update, Minister Anthony encouraged citizens to be responsible and to join the Government’s efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the country. The Minister said local businesses play a crucial role in helping to manage public compliance. 

“We want to urge people and businesses to put in place measures to help us with the reduction of these cases, and those measures would include, one, to ensure that people coming to your business wear a mask, that people coming into your business sanitise their hands, and that you try to have social distancing within your business.” 

Minister Anthony said some businesses have already been doing a fantastic job with the measures and reiterated his appeal for others to come onboard. 

“We want more people to comply because if all of us, if all the business owners, put these measures in place, then we are helping to prevent the disease from transmitting, we don’t know who are the carriers of this infection, who might be asymptomatic so if people are going to be in crowded areas, there is that possibility of being exposed. So, again we want businesses to help us.”

Minister Anthony said the National COVID-19 Task Force implemented its education campaign, COVI-Curb, to ensure people are familiar with the COVID-19 guidelines. He added they would rather not go the route of identifying people and taking them to court for not wearing masks or breaching the curfew.

The Minister acknowledged the local Christmas traditions but noted that Guyana was not the only country dealing with the disease. He again urged everyone to do their part in the fight against COVID-19. 

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