Businesses that breach anti-COVID measures run the risk of being shut down, says Prime Minister and Head of the National COVID-19 Task Force, Brigadier (ret’d) Mark Phillips. He said this during a press conference moments ago at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre (ACCC), Liliendaal East Coast Demerara.
The PM made it clear that COVID-19 is a threat to national security, and with 80 persons already dead and more than 2,900 confirmed cases, citizens cannot be allowed to carry on in a haphazard manner.
“If there is a breach of the regulations by business places, they’ll be given a warning in the first instance. A second breach will result in closure of their business. That is what we want to communicate clearly across Guyana. First time, warning; second time, closure. COVID-19 is a threat to national security right now in Guyana. That is how we want everybody to look at COVID-19. It is a threat to our survival…If we want to remain as a country; as a State known as Guyana, all of us – all hands onboard – must play a role in curbing the spread,” he said.
He added that the pandemic and the situation in Guyana “transcends” politics, and issued an appeal for all Guyanese to come together and steer the nation away from possible doom.
“Yes you can criticize what is being done by the Government, but let’s go beyond criticism. Get involved in finding solutions; get involved in spreading the message; get involved in curbing the spread of COVID-19; get involved in ensuring that people adhere to the measures – that is what is important for all Guyanese now,” the PM emphasised.