Former government Minister, Sarah Flood-Beaubrun, asserting that she is completely in support of all efforts that will reduce the spread of the COVID pandemic in Saint Lucia, has said she does not understand why from Monday through Saturday there’s a curfew with no complete shutdown, but on Sunday there is.
Flood-Beaubrun said she has a difficulty with the measure.
The government has announced that on Sunday, September 5, 2021, there will be a twenty-four hour curfew from 4:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. on Monday.
“I am here to talk about the fact that our government finds it wise to decree to reclassify Sunday – Sunday, a holy day of obligation, Sunday- set aside for the preaching of the Gospel, that our government would decree that Sunday is disease spreading day in Saint Lucia,” the former Castries Central MP declared in a video recording posted on social media.
And while encouraging all citizens to be law abiding, Flood-Beaubrun, who said her Catholic faith that she practises is dear to her, explained that she I would like to understand which science says that Sunday is the day when COVID is spread in Saint Lucia.
However she asserted that her real question was not to the government but the leaders of the church in Saint Lucia, including the leader of her own church, Archbishop Robert Rivas.
She asked whether Rivas has the disquiet she has and feels compelled to break his silence as she has over a decree suggesting that Sunday of all days is ‘disease – not Gospel spreading day’ with a complete shutdown on that day.
Flood-Beaubrun also appealed to the Bishops of all the churches in Saint Lucia – Pentecostals, Evangelicals, Baptists, Gospel Preaching churches, Bishops and Pastors, Priests, professed religious individuals and others who have publicly declared themselves to be devoted ‘for the preaching of the Gospel of Christ’, asking them to explain the matter.
Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs Minister, Moses Jn Baptiste, told reporters on Tuesday as he arrived for a sitting of parliament, he had not seen the video.
But he explained that the curfew regulations were in place to stem the increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases.
“We are very concerned about the increase in the COVID-19 cases and we have extended the curfew whole day Sunday. I do not know what the United Workers Party wishes to think about a curfew on a Saturday or a Sunday, because in the same way there are people who worship on a Saturday, so I am not going to engage in a debate with the UWP on what day the curfew should be,” Jn Baptiste stated.
“What is important is that the contact tracing has pointed us in the direction of massive social activities and the evidence is that a lot of these social activities are happening over the weekend and certainly we have said, our Prime Minister has said, that we are going to follow the science and we are acting in accordance with what the science says. It is not every single thing in the science we may have the capacity to do, but those things that we have the capacity to do we are going to do to ensure that we protect the Saint Lucian population,” the Vieux Fort North MP explained.
Headline photo: Sarah Flood-Beaubrun stock image