Saint Lucia authorities have restricted Jounen Kweyol celebrations this year to strictly family activities, in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19.
“No grand celebration,” according to Prime Minister Allen Chastanet.
It is one of several measures currently in effect, as part of Saint Lucia’s response to the virus, three new cases of which were announced on Sunday.
Given the recent cases, Prime Minister Chastanet disclosed that Monday’s weekly cabinet meeting focussed mainly on the COVID-19 response strategy.
In addition to limitations on the celebration of Jounen Kweyol, schools will remain closed for one week, with the Castries Comprehensive Secondary School (CCSS) being shut for two weeks.
Mass crowd events have been reduced from 500 to 100 people based on the size of the venue and boat rides are limited to family excursions only.
The Prime Minister reiterated in a post on his official Facebook page that police have suspended the granting of loudspeaker permits until further notice.
In addition, he announced that there will be stricter enforcement of protocols for markets, nightclubs, dances, beach parties, church activities, weddings and funerals.
Chastanet explained that at Monday’s weekly cabinet meeting, Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sharon Belmar-George and Health Minister, Mary Isaac, provided a comprehensive update on COVID-19 testing and protocols, while outlining areas that require improvement.