Minister of Health, Dr. Frank Anthony is encouraging members of the public to report those businesses that have been flouting the National COVID-19 Regulations.
Anthony’s statement comes in wake of the decision of the COVID-19 Task Force to shut down the Hard Rock Cafe over indoor dining. Under the COVID-19 regulations, only outdoor dining is permitted.
But while the Hard Rock Cafe was told to shut down its operations because of a breach, a number of bars and hangout spots have been hosting events with no action being taken against them.
Minister Anthony said citizens ought to file complaints with the National Task Force.
“If everybody assist us and we work collaboratively we can all protect each other’s health…We have written to everybody and if there are any institution that people are aware of that we are giving a free pass to, then I’ll suggest that they contact the Task Force Secretariat and bring that to our notice because nobody is above the law”, Minister Anthony said.
During the Christmas holidays, several parties and events were held at various clubs and nightspots with none of them being stopped.
On Old Year’s night, there were several street jams that continued into the early morning in Georgetown and on the East Coast with no enforcement of the COVID-19 guidelines.
Guyana has recorded more than 260 new COVID-19 cases since the start of this year. Three more deaths were recorded over the weekend, taking the country’s COVID-19 death toll to 170.