by Linda Straker
- 100 new cases recorded within past 10 days
- Takeout service only for restaurants and bars as of Saturday, 28 August
- In-classroom teaching delayed for 2 weeks
Grenada has made adjustments to Emergency Powers and Public Health regulations that will see a delay in the resumption of schools and the banning of all in-person dining at restaurants and bars, as measures are put in place to curb the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak.
The adjustments are aimed at reducing mass gathering of citizens following the announcement that the island is experiencing “a degree of community spread” of Covid-19. Within the past 10 days, health authorities confirmed that the island recorded over 100 active cases.
Health Minister Nickolas Steele said that restaurants and bars shall move to takeout service only as of Saturday, 28 August 2021. “Funerals will be between the hours of 9 am and 12 noon and should not be longer than 1 hour,” added Steele as he announced the new measures.
Schools that were scheduled to open on Monday, 6 September for in-person classes will now have the option of resuming classes using virtual settings where possible on that date, or delay until 20 September.
“In-classroom teaching is delayed for 2 weeks,” said Steele as he informed the media that the adjustments were agreed to during an emergency cabinet meeting on Thursday, 26 August 2021.
Churches are asked to maintain the 6 feet distancing at all services and gatherings. In other words, they are to comply with the requirements in the Public Health (Covid-19) (Restrictions on Religious Institutions) Order, 2020.
Grenada’s upsurge in cases is linked to a number of mass gathering events held between the period of 8-15 August 2021. Some of these events were approved by the authorities for vaccinated persons only, while some were not approved. Some illegal activities were attended by both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.
Dr Shawn Charles who is the Acting Chief Medical Officer said that most of the persons who are presently positive with Covid-19 are unvaccinated. “Less than 10 of the cases are vaccinated,” Dr Charles said during a news conference.
Less than 25% of the population is fully inoculated with a vaccine to protect them against Covid-19.