Isaac: No Decision On Whether Persons Should Pay For Being Quarantined

Health Minister Mary Isaac says no decision has been taken on whether returning individuals placed in quarantine should be made to pay for the duration of their stay there.

“Right now we are still deliberating on exactly what the protocols will be for coming in,” Isaac said when questioned on the matter by reporters on Wednesday.

The Minister explained that Saint Lucia has developed protocols before.

However she said looking at the other Islands that have already opened their doors, Saint Lucia has started to reconsider the pros and cons and is figuring out what to implement locally.

“Although we have a plan, we have gone back to revisit that plan,” she disclosed.

Isaac revealed that on the same day that she was being interviewed by reporters, a meeting was taking place.

“For all you know, we may be finalising those protocols – so I cannot say if we will be instituting charges for persons to be quarantined or not at this point in time,” she told reporters.

St. Kitts and Nevis announced last month that returning nationals and residents would be quarantined in a government facility for 14 days for a fee of $US 500.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Hazel Laws was quoted by SNK Vibes as saying that the fee would cover the cost for accommodation and a number of health-related gears, as well as tests.
However, even though the fee covers accommodation, those in quarantine will have to provide their own meals and undertake laundry service, the on line publication reported.

11 COMMENTS

  1. Just can’t understand how and why everything you pay for in st.lucia …Ppl / government asking for US$ dollars . we’re not a us territory

  2. I agree Merline
    “Let’s get home to St Lucia and get free food and lodgings for 14 days” you can almost hear them saying it!! Lucians always want something for nothing!

    • And yet there are those who would rather come back home and be able to quarantine at their homes but are forced to do so at a hotel. What would you say then? This is a GLOBAL health issue, a national risk, a country should be able to bare the cost of these measures in order to keep the greater public safe. What happens when a St Lucian is not able to pay for their quarantine stay? In the U.S persons are charged for medical assistance due to covid, some don’t seek help because they can’t afford and we see what that is like now. Compare that to China, Germany, Singapore where they bared the cost. Our government (SLP & UWP) placed us in this mess and they need to get us out financially but they should not ask persons to pay. Our tax dollars should suffice (whichever politician pocket they forgot it in)

    • What about those who would like to return and quarantine at home? What would you say then? This is a GLOBAL issue, a national health risk and a cost that should be bared by the state in order to maintain the health of the greater public. What happens when someone is unable to pay for their quarantine stay? Persons in the U.S are being charged for assistance related to coronavirus and due to that some don’t even come forward and we see how that has played out. Compare that to countries like Germany, China & Singapore which have bared the cost and how it has played out there. Our governments (SLP & UWP) placed us in this position financially. Our tax dollars should suffice to handle the cost (whichever politician pockets they forgot it in)

  3. What about those who would like to return and quarantine at home? What would you say then? This is a GLOBAL issue, a national health risk and a cost that should be bared by the state in order to maintain the health of the greater public. What happens when someone is unable to pay for their quarantine stay? Persons in the U.S are being charged for assistance related to coronavirus and due to that some don’t even come forward and we see how that has played out. Compare that to countries like Germany, China & Singapore which have bared the cost and how it has played out there. Our governments (SLP & UWP) placed us in this position financially. Our tax dollars should suffice to handle the cost (whichever politician pockets they forgot it in)

  4. What about those who would like to return and quarantine at home? What would you say then? This is a GLOBAL issue, a national health risk and a cost that should be bared by the state in order to maintain the health of the greater public. What happens when someone is unable to pay for their quarantine stay? Persons in the U.S are being charged for assistance related to coronavirus and due to that some don’t even come forward and we see how that has played out. Compare that to countries like Germany, China & Singapore which have bared the cost and how it has played out there. Our governments (SLP & UWP) placed us in this position financially. Our tax dollars should suffice to handle the cost (whichever politician pockets they forgot it in)

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