A curfew that was implemented in Dominica as a result of the increase in COVID-19 cases has been further extended.

It also makes provision for a total lockdown from 6 pm on Friday, August 20th to 5 am on Monday, August 23rd.

Cabinet Secretary Careen Prevost addressed the nation today.

 “I am here to inform you today that the cabinet has decided to extend the emergency powers curfew order of 2021 for a further seven days until Monday, August 23rd at 5 am.”

A person shall not be out in a public place between the hours of 5 am to 6 pm on Monday to Friday except to provide or access essential services.

“I wish to advise further that cabinet has decided that for this weekend there will be a complete lockdown from Friday, August 20th from 6 pm to Monday, August 23rd at 5 am.”

Prevost said this lockdown is specifically to allow for our frontline workers who have been in this fight from day one to rest and spend time with their families.

“Many of us may not understand the immense pressure, long hours, and commitment required from our frontline workers at this time.”

She added if you would like to do something for them as a token of appreciation for their hard work and effort please stay home.

Prevost further stated that the honorable Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit will address the nation on Saturday to address the concerns of the population and provide a further update on other measures to put in place as it relates to the recent spike in cases.

“Let me again take this opportunity to thank our frontline workers for their contribution to this battle.”

Prevost urged Dominicans to continue following the protocols and stay at home.