8 am opening for bars, casinos under new COVID-19 regulations
Bars and casinos will only be permitted to open from 8 am daily.
This was clarified in the Public Health [2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-Ncov)] (No. 20) Regulations, 2020, issued on Wednesday.
The new regulations are effective from today (June 25) until the end of the month.
Previous regulations stipulated a closing time for all businesses, and permitted the reopening of bars and casinos.
However, the ordinance issued on Monday did not specify any opening time for the bars and casinos, leaving room for some to operate from midnight.
The new regulations put an end to that ambiguity.
Regulations pertaining to the reopening of places of worship, food establishments, cinemas and theatres and other recently reopened businesses remain unchanged.
Party boats and clubs are not permitted to be open for business while public parties or public fetes are prohibited.
Daycares and pre-schools remain closed.
The country’s borders also remain closed except to air and sea cargo. The borders remain closed to the arrival or departure of aircraft or ships or other vessels carrying passengers unless permitted by National Security Minister Stuart Young.
Anyone found in breach of these regulations is liable on summary conviction to a fine $50,000 and to imprisonment for six months.