Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Adjusted COVID-19 Protocols For Saint Lucia

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Press Release:-  On the advice of medical officials and technical officers, the Cabinet of Ministers have agreed upon adjusted COVID-19 protocols for the period 13th – 31st August, 2021.

A meeting of NEMAC was convened and consultations were held with the SLHTA, Restaurant Owners, Tourism Operators and other stakeholders. The Opposition was represented by Mr. Dominic Fedee.

The recommendations on the adjusted COVID-19 protocols were generally accepted by participants of NEMAC and other stakeholders.

The current positivity rate of COVID-19 infections is serious and requires an immediate and
decisive response if we are to protect the lives and livelihoods of our citizens. Saint Lucians are asked to adhere to the following protocols for the next three weeks, after which, a revision will be published once the desired downtrend is achieved.
The adjusted protocols for the period 13th -31st August are as follows:

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1. WORKPLACE PHYSICAL DISTANCING AND BLENDED APPROACH
All agencies and businesses are advised to encourage Physical Distancing in the
workplace. A Blended Service and Operations Approach of working in office and from
home may be implemented for employees where necessary. There should be
encouragement of large staff and board meetings being held virtually/online platform.
Separate provisions apply for necessary sectors e.g. Essential Services, Construction,
Manufacturing, Call Centers, etc.

2. CURFEW RESTRICTIONS AND BUSINESS OPERATING HOURS

• A curfew of 9:00PM – 4:00 a.m. is to be implemented and thoroughly enforced.
• All business operations and commercial activities must end by 8:00PM daily, as guided by
curfew enforced through the State of Emergency.
• This requires all businesses – including supermarkets and restaurants – to completely shut its doors and business activities by 8:00PM in order to curb movement past 9:00PM.
• Separate provisions apply for necessary sectors e.g. Essential Services, Construction,
Manufacturing, Call centers, Certified Hotel Employees, etc.

3. (a) RESTRICTIONS ON SOCIAL GATHERING

• Social Gatherings are to be restricted to immediate households and family limited to ten
(10) people.
• In private settings, individuals are required to limit their contact as much as possible to
family and adhere to all the necessary protocols and general hygiene procedures.
• No loud music permits to be issued for the three (3) week period.

3. (b) THE CHURCH – Limited to Square Footage for Regular Services

• All daily or regular church and religious services are permitted in accordance with social
distancing protocols.
• Religious institutions may carry out services according to the square footage of the church.
This is guided by each institution’s guidelines and protocols approved by the Ministry of
Health.
• Special religious rites, including Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals will be limited to one
hundred (100) individuals (inclusive of observers and the service leaders). Funeral and
wedding services are by invitation only. Dates of burial services are not to be formally
advertised.

3. (c) SPECIAL EVENTS

• No allowance is given for gatherings and special events for the three (3) week period
• Neither vaccinated or unvaccinated people are allowed to host or attend any social activities including but not limited to parties, boat rides, receptions etc.
• No loud music permits to be issued for the three (3) week period.
• No formal submissions of “request to host” social events will be processed for the three
(3) week period

4. (a) SPORTING ACTIVITY INCLUDING GYMS – Uncontrolled

• All sports are allowed for the given time period limited to field capacity and game structure.
No spectators or crowding allowed at this time.
• Gyms are approved to operate in keeping with all necessary protocol and capacity limited
by square footage.
• Special permission may be granted for training athletes requiring one-on-one
coaching/training for contact sports, selective competitions and sporting associated
community engagements.

4. (b) SPORTING ACTIVITY – Controlled Events

• Controlled sporting events approved by the Ministry of Health are allowed at this time.
Participant and operational personnel quotas will be established on an individual basis.
• Formal submission of “request to host” sporting events to the necessary authorities
inclusive of staff list at least fourteen (14) days prior for approval by Ministry of Health.
• Special consideration may be granted for spectators. The spectator capacity will be based
on the event and other conditions stipulated by Ministry of Health.
• Fully vaccinated* (both doses issued at least 2 weeks prior to event)
5. Facilitation of Education
• All Educational Institutions will operate as per established school hours.
• School operation for the new academic year will be assessed at the middle of August
based on the transmission rate and final decision on which schools will operate fully or use
the alternate days approach will be specified.
• The optional modalities explored:
• 1. Full reopening of all educational institutions
• 2. Whole school & alternate day schooling based on physical infrastructure and student
population as determined by the MoH and MoE.

6. RESTRICTIONS ON TOURISM OPERATIONS

• Present protocols for MoT and the Tourism Sector are adjusted as follows for this
time.
• No local stay at COVID approved properties where unvaccinated visitors are
accommodated.
• All boat rides are prohibited for the three (3) week period.
• Alternate days for local and tourist service at parks, restaurants, etc. are to be maintained
for this period.
• An ongoing assessment and other measures will be implemented as per consultation with
MoH and MoT to be finalized Friday 13th August 2021.

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