PM Mottley: Safe zones coming

It is either the COVID-19 vaccine or frequent PCR tests.

Those are the options for people living and working in Barbados as Prime Minister Mia Mottley on Monday announced the creation of “safe zones” during a national address and COVID-19 update from Ilaro Court.

Government has stated there will be no mandatory vaccination policy in place in Barbados, but people in high-risk environments will be subject to these conditions.

“The reality is that we are satisfied that we need now at this stage to start the process of the creation of safe zones; that we need to be able to have places where persons are either vaccinated or recently tested . . . ,” Mottley said.

“. . . Vaccinated or recently tested because at the end of the day, what matters is that you are safe and not in a position to put each other at risk.”

Up to Monday evening, Mottley said, 142 543 people had taken at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in Barbados. But she told those who were eligible to take the jab but chose not to do so, had to understand there were “consequences to the choices”.

“You have to be prepared to be tested to assure the rest of us that as we mix, whether it is at work, whether it is in places of entertainment, whether it is in places of worship, whether it is in restaurants or hotels, anywhere that people frequent, that there must be a safe zone.”

The Prime Minister said it was the most “realistic option”.