Schools closed, curfew begins 8 p.m. tonight

GREAT BAY (DCOMM) – Prime Minister William Marlin on Monday afternoon chaired his third Emergency Operations Center meeting where he was briefed by emergency support function coordinators about preparations for the arrival of Hurricane Irma.

The country is under a Hurricane Warning since 11 a.m. on Monday morning.  This means that hurricane conditions are expected within the warning area within 36 hours.

This warning is issued 36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical storm force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.

Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.

Schools are closed today until further notice.

Government offices are also closed until further notice.  Emergency services will operate as normal.  Essential services will operate as they prepare for the arrival and passage of Hurricane Irma.

It is mandatory that all businesses including casinos close at 12 p.m. today with the exception of supermarkets, hardware stores, restaurants, pharmacies, gas stations, and bakeries; they are allowed to remain open until 5 p.m.  Today as they provide essential services and products in preparing for the hurricane.

Only restaurants on hotel properties are allowed to remain open after 5 p.m.  Hotels are advised to make arrangements for staff at the property.

A curfew will be in effect as of 8 p.m. today until the passing of the hurricane and the damage assessment has been completed.  Everybody should be off the road by that time.

The EOC will meet on Thursday morning at 9.00 AM to assess the situation and decide about the curfew.


The Emergency Operations Center will meet again this morning to assess the latest information about Hurricane Irma.

Prime Minister William Marlin will make a national address this afternoon at 2 p.m.


Source: TODAY