Grenada Closes Schools, Suspends Social Gatherings Amid COVID-19 Concerns

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Grenada’s Prime Minister, Dr. the Right Hon. Keith Mitchell, in an address to the nation on Friday (Mar. 13) announced that as of Monday March 16th, 2020, all schools in Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique will be closed for two weeks as part of a prevention and preparedness initiative, should COVID-19 reach the shores of the Eastern Caribbean nation.

Although Grenada has not confirmed a case of COVID-19, Dr. the Right Hon. Keith Mitchell is implementing the necessary precautions and protocols to safeguard the nation.

“We expect that we will soon see our first case of COVID-19 on the island. In those circumstances therefore and in order to save our population against this pandemic and to contain this disease, the following measure will take effect on Monday March 16th, all schools in Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique will be closed for two weeks in the first instance as a necessary precaution against the contracting or spread of COVID-19.”

All public and other social gatherings such as cultural, religious and sporting events and cinemas are to be suspended until further notice under the advice of the Prime Minister.

“We are taking no chances and making no gambles on peoples lives in this regard, therefore effective immediately all visits to elderly nursing homes will be suspended until further notice,” the PM announced.

He went on to advise that those who receive at home care are to exercise extreme caution.

“We encourage the general population, especially the elderly to continue to exercise an abundance of caution in every practice to protect yourselves and your family.”

PM Mitchell also advised the nation to refrain from using public transportation, while encouraging bus operators to sanitize their vehicles.

“While the disease is serious, it is manageable if we all work together. If we act responsibly, collectively and early, we shall overcome this.”