04 May 2020
The coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted the operations of business globally and, in this regard, Barbados is no different. We, at FT Legal, are focused on assisting our existing and prospective clients navigating this uncertain terrain, and are therefore committed to providing updates on the repercussions of this pandemic on business continuity in Barbados. We have observed various response measures effected by the Government of Barbados, with a view to flattening the curve of the rate of infection, such as a curfew which was implemented from 28 March 2020 to 14 April 2020 and modified to permit most businesses to substantially operate with effect from 4 May 2020.
The Prime Minister of Barbados The Hon. Mia Amor Mottley, QC MP during a press conference on 29 April 2020 instituted what has been characterised as an ‘Unprecedented 2 Million Dollar Economic Recovery Plan’ to amplify the island’s economic resilience, self-reliance and secure vulnerable communities in the face of the crisis. Find out more here:
As a result of the curfew measures which were implemented, a directive was issued as to the cessation of all businesses in Barbados except for specified businesses (e.g. food retailers, fuel distributors, banks, pharmacies etc.), specified government essential services and businesses which could operate with staff working exclusively from home. The Prime Minister has recently announced a phased approach for the re-opening of the economy but more specifically for the re-opening of all government offices to commence from 4 May 2020. Find out more here.