Tourism Minister Dominic Fedee has responded to the appearance on social media of a viral video of a tourist couple who identify themselves as hailing from Florida, out in public without wearing masks.
The man and woman were recorded walking along the Gros Islet highway near the Bank of Saint Lucia building.
The man who did the recording from his moving vehicle asks the couple where they are from, to which the man replies: ‘Florida.’
“We’re on a boat,” the male visitor adds when asked whether they were staying at a local resort.
“You’re supposed to have your mask on,” the man who is doing the recording asserts.
“Yeah, you too….right?” Was the response of the visitor.
“Yeah, but I am driving – you’re not,” the man behind the camera observes.
Asked about measures to deal with such situations, the Tourism Minister said one of the things the authorities would establish is where the visitors are staying.
“From the video, I think that they indicated that they are from the boats,” Fedee told St Lucia Times.
The Minister noted that the person who did the recording had asked some pertinent questions.
Fedee said that in following up, the authorities would try to ensure that the protocols are being observed.
“What you have to understand is that people in the yachting sector would be here for about 14 days, so there’s a quarantine experience on the vessels,” he explained.
The Minister said once that is completed, the visitors are then cleared to go into the communities here in the same way as returning nationals who arrive back home from COVID-19 hotspots.
“I want to make that clear as well – a lot of the individuals who are here on yachting experiences are also coming from safe countries that are within the bubble,” Fedee noted.
He asserted that this would ‘tremendously reduce’ the risk of any transfer of the virus from person to another.
Headline photo caption: Screen grab from video posted on social media.