In keeping with the cabinet notes dated 9th March 2022, the Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda has repealed the regulations governing the wearing of face masks. This paves the way for the wearing of masks to be optional with effect from today, Wednesday 16th March 2022.
The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Rhonda Sealey-Thomas and her team proposed that face masks be worn by workers indoors (offices, stores, supermarkets, financial institutions, churches, civic groups, schools, bars, clubs) where workers come into contact with many strangers.
It is further recommended that in outdoor places, where there is likely to be crowds of people, the wearing of a face mask should be encouraged.
With the resumption of face-to-face classes on Monday 14th March 2022, face masks are not required of students. However, face masks ought to be worn by security personnel, the administrators and those who will likely have contact with a large number of students and other personnel. These workers are encouraged to wear face masks.
Though buses, taxis and other forms of public transportation can return to full capacity, the drivers and conductors are also encouraged to wear masks.