Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has appealed to Saint Lucians to help protect this country’s borders, amid concerns that people who enter illegally from Martinique are contributing to the spread of COVID-19.
A three-week COVID-19 lockdown went into effect Friday in the neighbouring French overseas territory, which in the space of one week recently recorded over 600 cases of COVID-19.
Authorities in Saint Lucia fear that the Martinique lockdown will increase the likelihood of people seeking to enter Saint Lucia illegally to escape the restrictions.
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet met fisherfolk on Tuesday to discuss their role in preventing people entering Saint Lucia illegally.
The meeting discussed ways fishers and law enforcement can work together to better protect the nation’s borders amidst the high occurrences of illegal entry into the country, the PM wrote on his official Facebook page.
The meeting ended with mutual agreement on a number of measures.
“I am pleading with fisherfolk and citizens to please cooperate and join the fight to protect Saint Lucia’s borders,” the PM stated.
“Moving forward, monitoring the movement of vessels will assist greatly in controlling borders,” Chastanet observed.
He disclosed that a GPS system is soon to be a reality for fishers and will be part of fishing license holder’s agreement.
Headline photo caption: PM chairs meeting