No half-holiday today

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Government, yesterday, issued a correction to information its communications machinery had earlier released regarding today’s National Day of Prayer.

The day will not be observed as a half-holiday among government workers, contrary to earlier reports.

“Although the government will be hosting the National Day of Prayer, Fasting and Worship Service at the Antigua Recreation Grounds today, both public and the private sectors will observe normal business hours,” a release from Director General of Communications Maurice Merchant said.

“The government has, therefore, urged permanent secretaries and heads of departments to exercise their discretion in facilitating employees who may wish to attend the service commencing at 4 pm.”

The government also requested that private sector employers grant permission to their employees, where possible and at a convenient time.

A week ago, the Ecclesiastical Affairs Division within the Office of the Prime Minister assembled church leaders in Antigua & Barbuda to organise the national day for the nation to seek divine intervention and spiritual guidance from God to arrest the anti-social behaviour that is creeping into the society.