Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. Sharon Belmar George, has advised members of the public to celebrate the long Easter weekend responsibly by, among other things, avoiding excessive alcohol consumption and not driving under the influence.
She also encouraged people to manage conflict safely, noting increases in violent crime over the last few days.
“If accessing the beach, do so with caution and monitor young children closely,” Belmar-George said.
She recalled that drownings and near drowning events have occurred on Easter weekends.
Therefore, she said the Ministry of Health advises Saint Lucians to make responsible decisions to keep safe during and after the Easter weekend.
Belmar-George observed that traditionally, Easter is a time for family activities and socialisation.
However, she noted in a statement Thursday that this year may be different because of COVID-19 protocols.
Nevertheless, the senior health official urged a focus on what is truly important.
She identified these as health, family and life.
“We acknowledge and applaud the public for their cooperation during the last few difficult months of managing this third and intense wave of COVID-19 in country,” Belmar-George stated.
And in relation to COVID-19, the CMO reminded the public that although the Ministry of Health notes the flattening of this third wave, there are still over one hundred active cases in country.
As a result, she disclosed that the authorities have not recommended or approved mass crowd activities and open socialization.
“We are still at high risk at this point,” the CMO declared.
According to Belmar-George, the Public Health Team is working to reduce the active cases to less than 50 to enable safe opening up of activities.
“We ask the public to work with us and continue to be patient,” she said.
And she explained that premature social activity will lead to an upsurge of cases given the exponential transmission typical of COVID-19.
Headline photo: Dr. Sharon Belmar-George (Stock image)