Opposition leader Philip J. Pierre has commended this country’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sharon Belmar-George for following COVID-19 protocols, but has expressed concern about the treatment of returning nationals.
“I am saying, when Saint Lucians return home, do not treat them like criminals. Have some humanity. Do not treat them as though they are criminals or they have broken the law. Don’t treat them like that,” Pierre told a virtual Castries market steps meeting of the Saint Lucia Labour (SLP).
Pierre, a former Tourism Minister, asserted that Saint Lucians and tourists are not treated equally.
“The Saint Lucians are sent back – sent home to quarantine with armed police escort – sirens, as if they have done some crime,” he declared.
“They have not done any crime because the same place they come from is the same place you want your tourists to come from. So why treat them as if they are criminals? Treat them humanely, welcome them back home because they have done nothing wrong,” the SLP leader asserted.
He promised that in government, the SLP will offer a bonus to first responders including doctors, nurses, ambulance workers, Customs Officers, security personnel and others who are in the forefront of the COVID-19 battle.
Pierre said they will be given a bonus because of the work they have done for this country.