On the heels of a number of other municipalities instituting curfews of their own in the fight against the coronavirus, the Georgetown City Council today announced that with effect from this Saturday, the City will be closing up earlier and there will be a ban on gatherings of more than five people.
While not calling it a curfew, the Georgetown City Council’s measures will force the closure all municipal markets until further notice, while other businesses will only be allowed to operate between 6 am by 6 pm daily.
The closure of the markets will take effect from Friday at 7pm. Farmers, wholesalers and retailers will only be allowed to ply their trade at the Bourda market and the Stabroek market on Fridays only between the hours of 7 am and 1 pm.
All roadside vending and street selling inclusive of snackettes and cookshops will be closed off until further notice.
Restaurants will only be allowed to offer take-out and delivery services and while hotels will be allowed to remain open, they will have to close their gyms, pools, spas and other recreational facilities.
The Council is also imploring citizens to refrain from congregating in public places.
All public and private offices should not operate for more than four hours daily and persons are being encouraged to limit their presence in banks and other institutions unless absolutely necessary.
The City Council said it will remain supportive of the government and its efforts to fight the coronavirus.
Businesses involved in essential services including media and broadcasting and health care workers and security workers will be allowed to conduct their work as usual but with precautions being encouraged.
The Government has announced national measures which will also force the closure of bars and other entertainment and recreational businesses from 6 pm daily.