Antigua and Barbuda drops mask mandate from today

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Antigua and Barbuda has dropped its mask mandate which has been in place since 2020. It was eliminated today, Wednesday 16 March 2022.

The decision to make mask-wearing optional was taken during a meeting of cabinet after a presentation by Health Minister Sir Molwyn Joseph and Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Rhonda Sealey-Thomas.

A note from the cabinet said Sealey-Thomas and her team proposed that face masks be worn by workers indoors where workers come into contact with strangers.

In outdoor places spaces, it is recommended that people wear masks when they are in crowds.

Antigua and Barbuda is the first member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to make mask-wearing optional.

Meanwhile, Antigua and Barbuda has one of the highest COVID-19 vaccine penetration rates in CARICOM at 62 per cent of its eligible population.

The government has therefore encouraged islanders to become vaccinated to meet the goal of having a vaccination rate of 70 per cent by June 1.

Hurst said the government is confident of meeting this goal, which requires a further 10,000 people to be vaccinated, as proof of vaccination is a requirement for persons to take part in some carnival activities.

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