While allowing mining operations to continue in the Region 7 area, the Ministry of Health in the updated COVID-19 guidelines, today announced that from the 1st to the 31st December, non-essential travel to and from Region 7 will be restricted.
Gatherings in the Region should not exceed more than five persons who should be six feet apart, and the Regional Democratic Council will be expected to ensure that there is regular sanitization of government buildings and the landings.
The updated order also allows the Health Ministry to test any person in the Region for the virus and order their quarantine.
The move by the Ministry of Health comes amid another spike of cases in the Region 7 area. There was a spike earlier this year and that was brought under some control. However, the cases have started to climb again.
Under the updated guidelines, the national curfew will remain from 10:30 pm to 4am.
Bars and nightclubs are expected to keep their doors closed. Restaurants will be allowed to continue to operate up to 9:30 pm with outdoor dining and take away and pick up services to be offered. There is still a restriction on indoor dining.
Resorts will be allowed to restart their operations but with strict COVID-19 measures in place. The Guyana Tourism Authority has been working closely with its stakeholders to prepare for the reopening of the tourism sector.