Barbadians aren’t adhering to the COVID-19 protocols after they get of their consolation zones and it’s creating complications for well being authorities, says head of the COVID-19 Monitoring Unit, Ronald Chapman.
In an interview with Barbados TODAY, Chapman stated whereas he had seen a normal enchancment within the behaviour of Barbadians when out in public, individuals have been nonetheless being complacent when in acquainted environment.
He suggested individuals to not drop their guard when round relations or buddies.
“We’ve been having a variety of adjustments. There are lots of people now who’re utilizing masks, there are individuals who’ve been practising the protocols, however the problem is that we’re nonetheless having some pockets the place individuals with shut private buddies or household the place they aren’t in a structured atmosphere like a grocery store; possibly by a rum store, or below a tree taking part in some dominoes or one thing of that kind, however they aren’t carrying a masks,” Chapman stated.
“We’re nonetheless having points with the villages as a result of when individuals get of their villages and in areas the place everyone is aware of everyone they’re performing some issues they know they shouldn’t be doing.
“However I can say that for probably the most half we’ve had a stable change. I believe the complacency that we exhibited earlier I believe that’s gone however there are nonetheless one or two spots the place we will nonetheless do higher,” he added.
Chapman stated it had additionally come to his consideration that some salespersons weren’t carrying masks when conducting their enterprise.
“Certainly one of my different considerations is the travelling salesman and we’ve got to have some dialog quickly as a result of I notice that a variety of them go from place to position all around the island they usually typically don’t put on masks and on events, I needed to converse to a few them with regards to the carrying of masks in the event that they method completely different properties to do their commerce,” he famous.
Chapman stated there had additionally been drastic enchancment within the method by which accommodations had been quarantining visitors.
He stated since appearing Chief Medical Officer, Dr Kenneth George gave the instruction that no visitors have been allowed to go away their room whereas in quarantine no issues had been reported.
Moreover, he stated, safety had been boosted at these accommodations to offer an extra supervisory layer.
Chapman was responding to a suggestion that some guests have been nonetheless wandering whereas awaiting check outcomes.
A video launched over the weekend and shared on social media confirmed two vacationers swimming in a lodge pool with crimson bands on earlier than being instructed to go away by one other visitor on the pool.
“Presently the mandate is and it has been island-wide, that each one individuals who’re in quarantine are restricted to their rooms. So to seek out somebody who leaves their room and goes right into a pool with a crimson band on may be very uncommon. Since that regulation has been put in place we haven’t had any points in any respect so I’m not so positive concerning the credibility of that exact video,” Chapman stated.