NCTF rolls out stage 2 of six-phase plan

—Outlines stringent measures for hinterland communities

DPI, Guyana, Friday, July 3, 2020

Phase two of the National COVID-19 Task Force’s six-phase plan to reopen Guyana commences today with specific measures outlined for hinterland regions.

For Phase 2, all allowances and measures in Phase 1 will be maintained with permission being granted to the manufacturing sector, public sector, construction and medical schools to operate during the non-curfew hours.

The 6pm to 6am curfew remains in effect in all administrative regions.

However, the NCTF has outline strict measures for communities in the Hinterland regions.  Residents in these regions will not be allowed to travel in or out during the period July 3 to July 16 without the authorisation of the Minister of Public Health.

This is to prevent the further spread of the novel coronavirus and to enable contact tracing.

The NCTF has also ordered that all mining activities be ceased. It also noted that all homes and public places including shops, landing, means of transportation and conveyances must be sanitised.

The NCTF also specified that every employer or operator of a business is required to ensure proper sanitation facilities are in place and COVID-19 measures are adhered to by both patrons and employees.

The gazetted order also noted that the Ministry of Public Health may conduct tests on any person living in the hinterland for the Coronavirus as they see fit. The Guyana Police Force is also tasked with ensuring these measures are enforced.

In the meantime, all Guyanese are encouraged to continue to adhere to the guidelines set out.  They should practice proper hygiene by washing their hands thoroughly and frequently, practice social distancing and desist from social gatherings, and wear a mask when in public.

See the full gazetted order below.

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