Prime Minister Allen Chastanet Monday night announced that Saint Lucia will have tempered 42nd independence anniversary celebrations this year.
Chastanet made the disclosure during an address to the nation.
“This year our celebrations will be tempered because of the restrictions brought about by COVID-19,” he explained.
“But COVID has taken enough from us already and we are determined that the show will and must go on,” he declared.
Chastanet noted that independence is traditionally a time of national celebrations marked by various festivities.
He observed that the activities highlight several aspects of our culture and reflect the talent and diversity of our people.
“We have planned an exciting series of events showing the best of Saint Lucia which you will be proud to participate in, even if it is virtually,” he told his audience.
However he went on to caution that even with the imminent arrival of the vaccine, COVID-19 will here for the immediate future.
“We must not let down our guard when the vaccine comes,” he urged.
” It will take all of us working together, focussing on the end goal of a healthy nation to win the war against COVID,” Chastanet noted.