Barbados Lifts Curfew Measures


During a COVID-19 update and press conference in Barbados on Saturday, Minister of Health and Wellness Ian Gooding-Edghill said that the 12:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. curfew will be lifted starting today, February 14, allowing for the return of various recreational activities. 

According to the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS), the Minister stated that the six-foot requirement for separation will no longer apply, except when people exercise together outside without wearing a mask. In all other cases, the physical distance of at least three feet will apply.

Mr. Gooding-Edghill said cricket capacity at the Kensington Oval for the upcoming international tournaments would increase from 60% to 80%, fully vaccinated, citing public health officials’ statements that these outdoor open-air events would not pose a significant threat to public health if the protocols were followed. 

Additionally, the prior 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ban on beach activity and parks will no longer apply, allowing Barbadians and visitors alike to enjoy these facilities without restriction.

However, Mr. Gooding-Edghill cautioned Barbadians that the relaxation of these elements within the Directive, while giving more freedom, was “by no means a signal that the outbreak is over”.