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Grenada Statutory Rules And Orders No. Of 2020


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IN EXERCISE OF THE POWERS CONFERRED UNDER
SECTION 4 OF THE EMERGENCY

POWERS ACT, CHAPTER 88, THE CABINET OF
GRENADA MAKES THE FOLLOWING

REGULATIONS—

Citation and duration

1. (1) These Regulations may be
cited as the

EMERGENCY
POWERS (COVID-19) REGULATIONS, 2020.

(2) These Regulations shall come
into force at 6:00 p.m. on the 25th day of March, 2020 and shall expire at 6:00
p.m. on the 1st day of April, 2020.

Restriction on freedom of movement

2. (1) A curfew is imposed every
day from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. except as provided in these Regulations or as
may be approved by the Commissioner of Police.

  • Freedom of movement every day from 5:00 a.m. to
    7:00 p.m. shall be exercised in accordance with these Regulations.
  • These Regulations shall not apply in the case of
    a medical emergency.

Work remotely from home

3.  (1) All businesses and offices
may continue their business operations by allowing their employees to work
remotely from home utilising virtual means, unless they are permitted to work
under regulation 5 or are designated as being essential workers under
regulation 7.

(2) Where a business is unable to
continue its business operations by its employees working remotely from home,
the business shall cease its operations.

Public Service, Statutory Bodies, State-owned
Enterprises and Courts

4. (1) Subject to subregulation
(2), all members of the public service shall work remotely from home, except as
otherwise directed by the Secretary to the Cabinet.

(2) Where the Secretary to the Cabinet
directs that specified public officers attend work, the

Government shall take reasonable
steps to—

(a) ensure safe transport of the
public officers in accordance with regulation 13; and (b) comply with the
physical distancing protocols in accordance with regulation 6.

  • Subject to subregulation (4), all employees of
    Statutory Bodies and State-owned Enterprises shall work remotely from home,
    except as otherwise directed by the Chairperson of the Board.
  • Where the Chairperson of the Board directs that
    specified employees attend work, the

Statutory Bodies or State-owned Enterprises as the case may be shall take reasonable steps to —

  • ensure
    safe transport of the employees in accordance with regulation 3; and
  • comply
    with the physical distancing protocols in accordance with regulation 6.
  • Subject to the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court
    Practice Direction No. 1 of 2020, the Courts shall remain accessible, shall
    adhere to physical distancing protocols and the persons employed within the
    public service shall work remotely from home as far as reasonably practicable.
  • In this regulation, “the Court” means the
    Magistrates Courts and the West Indies Associated States Supreme Court.

Closure of businesses and exceptions

5. (1) Subject to regulation 3
(2), every non-essential establishment, or business shall remain closed except
for the following—

  • wholesale or retail grocery stores and commercial bakeries from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the first two shopping hours to be reserved for seniors, disabled persons and essential workers;
  • doctor’s offices, hospitals or medical facilities;
  • pharmacies and medical supply establishments;
  • gas stations from 6:00 am. to 5:00 p.m.;
  • hardware stores from 6:00 am. to 5:00 p.m.;
  • hotels, excluding any spas, gyms, discotheques and restaurants therein, however such restaurants may offer takeaway or room service;
  • banks, credit unions and money services business from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Mondays to Thursdays and 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Fridays;
  • commercial ports and related businesses from
    6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., subject to any variation by the Ports Authority;
  • airports subject to regulation 10 (1) (a);
  • commercial courier flights;
  • drive-thru or take away food vendors from 6:00
    a.m. to 5:00 p.m.;
  • registered or bona fide fishermen and farmers
    engaged in their business;
  • businesses licensed to provide security guard
    services;
  • such other businesses or undertakings as may be specifically exempted in writing by the Commissioner of Police, and the owner or operator of the establishment specified in paragraphs (a) to  shall adhere to physical distancing protocols.

(2) All works of construction of
any sort (apart from urgent plumbing, electrical, roof repairs or other
emergency repairs for a home or business) shall cease as of 7:00 p.m. from the
25thday of March, 2020.

Physical distancing protocols

6. Every business or
establishment must—

  • ensure that all customers and staff maintain
    physical distancing of no less than six feet

(6ft.) in or outside their
business;

  • determine the number of persons that may be
    permitted in the establishment at any one time by permitting one person for
    every thirty square feet of store space;
  • within twenty-four hours of the commencement of
    these Regulations, place distance markers six feet apart, indicating where each
    customer must stand on a line at a check out point;
  • within twenty-four hours of the commencement of
    these Regulations, place distance markers six feet apart on the outside of the
    establishment, indicating where customers must stand while waiting to enter the
    establishment.

Shelter in place

7. (1) In an effort to prevent
the spread of COVID-19, every person shall remain confined to their place of
residence (inclusive of their yard space) to avoid contact outside of their
family except—

  • essential workers, who report to work;
  • workers required to work under regulation 4 or
    5;
  • for essential travel to the doctor, grocery
    store, bank, credit union, money services business or pharmacy or to refuel;
  • all Members of Parliament, the Attorney-General
    and the Director of Public Prosecution;
  • for outdoor exercise, whether alone or together
    with family members living under the same roof, not exceeding an hour and a
    half per day between the hours of 5:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.,
  • For the purposes of paragraphs (a) to (e) of
    subregulation (1), such persons shall ensure at all times to distance himself
    at least six feet (6 ft.) from any other person.
  • For the purposes of this regulation, an
    “essential worker” means officers of—
  • the Royal Grenada Police Force;
  • Her Majesty’s Prison;
  • the National Insurance Board;
  • the Department of Social Services;
  • the Department of Environmental Health Services;
  • the Custom and Excise Division;
  • the Accountant-General’s Division;
  • the Inland Revenue Division;
  • waste disposal and sanitation companies;
  • any hospital or health care, medical,
    residential care establishment or facility;
  • the Airports Authority and Ports Authority;
  • essential officers of any water, electricity or
    other sector encompassing the provision of electronic communications including
    print and electronic media,

and any other officer or category
of officers as directed by the Secretary to the Cabinet.

(3) All essential workers shall
at all times carry personal identification.

Education and religious instruction

8. (1) All religious and educational
places of instruction or worship shall remain closed.

(2) Subregulation (1) does not
prohibit—

  • any activity referred to therein by electronic
    or virtual means;
  • individual attendance at a place of worship for
    private individual prayer while maintaining physical distancing.

Restriction on social activities

9. No person shall host or
attend—

  • a private party which includes any person from
    outside of the immediate household of the house occupant;
  • a recreational or competitive sporting event;
  • a wedding which hosts ten or more persons other
    than the bride, bridegroom, official witnesses and the marriage officer;
  • a banquet, ball or reception;
  • any social event;
  • any other ceremony of public worship in any
    facility or public place which involves the participation of any member of the
    general public or a congregation;
  • a funeral, except ten members of the immediate
    family and at least one officiant and essential mortuary staff; or
  • a meeting of a fraternal society, private or
    social club or civic association or organisation.Restriction on international travel

10. (1) For the purposes of
preventing, controlling and suppressing the spread of COVID-19, with immediate
effect—

  • except with the prior written permission of the
    Airports Authority, all airports including private airports and fixed-base
    operations (FBOs) shall be closed to incoming international flights carrying
    any visitor;
  • all seaports shall be closed to regional and
    international seafaring and private boating; and
  • no visitor shall be permitted to enter and
    disembark for any reason, including transitting through the State of Grenada.

(2) The restriction contained in
subregulation (1) does not apply to—

  • outgoing flights or outgoing ships, as the case
    may be;
  • cargo flights or cargo ships, as the case may
    be;
  • commercial courier flights;
  • emergency medical flights;
  • emergency flights approved by the Airports
    Authority;(f)  flights carrying any
    diplomat.

(3) Notwithstanding subregulation
(2), no crew member will be allowed or granted shore leave, unless for the
purposes of operational difficulties and upon receiving permission from the
Airports Authority or the Ports Authority.

Restriction on domestic travel

11. No person shall offer for hire
or seek to travel on any— (a) mail boat, sailing inter-island, except for
transport of freight; or (b) inter-island private commercial sea transport,

except with the approval of the
Ports Authority.

Restriction on road traffic

12. (1) No person shall drive a
vehicle on any public or private road for a purpose other than stated in
regulation 5, 7, 9 (c) or 9 (g).

  • The Royal Grenada Police Force shall have powers
    to stop any vehicle and inquire as to the purposes for which that vehicle is
    being utilised, and to arrest anyone found in violation of this restriction.
  • For the purposes of this regulation, “vehicle”
    includes a motor vehicle or motorbike.

Public transportation

13. (1) No person shall offer for
hire or seek to travel on—

  • any motor omnibus, unless there is or would be
    not more than one passenger per row in the motor omnibus in a staggered
    formation;
  • any hiring car or taxi, unless there is not more
    than one passenger in the vehicle.

(2) In this regulation, “motor
omnibus”, “hiring car” and “taxi” have the meanings assigned under the Road
Traffic Act, Chapter 289A.

Restriction on visitation

14. (1) No person shall visit or
be permitted to visit—

  • any place of quarantine or isolation station;
  • a patient in a hospital or residential care
    establishment or facility, including an elderly nursing home;
  • a detainee in a prison.

(2) Notwithstanding subregulation
(1) (b) but subject the protocol of the hospital, a patient of a hospital may
be allowed one visitor per day.

Penalty

15. A person who contravenes or
fails to comply with these Regulations shall be guilty of an offence and, on
summary conviction, liable to a fine of one thousand dollars and to
imprisonment for twelve months and to forfeiture of any goods or money in
respect of which the offence has been committed.

Guidelines

16. The Commissioner of Police
may, on the direction of the Cabinet of Grenada, issue guidelines to provide
for further clarification on these Regulations.





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