Sunday 5 April, 2020

Antigua and Barbuda airport to close from midnight March 26

The V.C Bird International Airport will be closed to all incoming commercial traffic from midnight Thursday, March 26.

The Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda made the decision when they met today at 10 am.

A statement from the Government said this decision expands the announced ban on citizens from several identified countries.

"Those citizens of those several countries who would have arrived on British Airways, American Airlines and Air Canada, among others, may wish to take advantage of the facility. Commercial air carriers that choose to fly empty aircraft to Antigua after Thursday will be allowed to enter in order to collect citizens of their respective countries for return to their originating cities," the statement said.

While there have been no confirmed cases of community spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, the statement said that It has now become evident to the Cabinet, after examining the extant conditions and the disregard displayed by attendees at funerals, that little or no attention is being paid to the announced policy of limited social gatherings of 25 persons.

"The announced policy of last Sunday, which limits social gatherings to 25 persons, has been disregarded and violated especially by returning nationals who feel a strong urge to re-connect with grieving family and friends. Funerals have served as a means of social expression of love and tenderness. However, the conditions of the spread of the coronavirus have compelled a change in behaviour. Cabinet repeats its determination to safeguard the health of the people of Antigua and Barbuda."

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