26th of August, 2020. Georgetown, Guyana, South AmericaLast updated: August 26, 2020 at 10:18 am
The Mayor of Georgetown, Guyana, South America, Mr. Ubraj Narine, has yesterday, 25th of August, 2020, publishing a compelling statement urging the Minister of Health and other relevant authorities to review the COVID-19 policies which the mayor contents are resulting in a “disaster.”
Statement from Mr. Ubraj Narine
The COVID19 pandemic has spiraled out of control in Guyana. The loose Order Gazzetted by the Ministry of Health which extended curfew restrictions and allow for congregating for meals is courting a public disaster.
As the Mayor of the Georgetown Municipality, I call on the Government of Guyana to review the curfew extension. I implore the Minister of Health Dr. Frank Anthony to act in good faith for the health and well-being of the citizens of Guyana, his swift action can avert the disaster zone Guyanese are heading towards.
The Mayor and City Council had commenced the spraying and cleaning of Markets to protect Citizens in the first Months of the COVID19 Pandemic. These measures along with the institution of a five thousand dollars fine for vendors found plying their trades without wearing a mask was first implemented by the Georgetown Municipality. These early initiatives along with the 6 pm curfew, regulated and rostered shopping, helped to minimize cases of transmission that we see spiraling out of control in just three weeks from August 4, 2020 to date.
I continue to call on all Guyanese to protect yourselves, wear your masks and wash your hands regularly. I urge citizens to be careful as children, families and communities are at risk should you all not adhere to rules and guidelines to reduce the rapid spread of COVID19.
While other organizations are receiving bailouts from the Government, the Georgetown Municipality continues to struggle to recoup taxes owed to the Municipality by large Corporations. I urge the Government to implore all to pay their taxes so that the Georgetown City Council can effectively manage the affairs of the Municipality.
I look forward to engage with the Ministry of Health and all organizations that are available to assist the Georgetown Municipality to fulfill its mandate.