Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has appealed to citizens to observe COVID-19 protocols, while wishing them a safe Jounen Kweyol weekend.
“Wear your face masks, continue to practise social distancing and make sure you are hand sanitising at all times,” the PM urged.
Chastanet asserted that the measures are very important as the country observes Jounen Kweyol.
“It means that the temptation to get out and start socialising more and maybe drop our guard a little bit is going to be there,” he explained.
“Saint Lucia, we have a fight on our hands but we can win this fight. We have shown that we can do it,” Chastanet asserted.
But he said everyone has to become his brother’s keeper.
“We have to protect the elderly in our society, we have to protect the more vulnerable in our society and more importantly, we have to protect the bread winners of our society,” the PM observed.
“Many of us cannot afford to have the country shut down, so please, let’s work together and make this happen,” Chastanet urged.
He spoke Friday, hours after Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sharon Belmar George, announced six new cases of COVID-19.
Chastanet observed that all the cases belonged to one family.
“The good news is that the CMO and her contact tracing team have done an outstanding job and all of these persons were already in quarantine,” he disclosed.
Police Commissioner Severin Moncherry has said that that following consultation with the office of the CMO, other public health officials and stakeholders, a decision was made to prohibit all mass crowd events including Jounen Kweyol activities, with the exception of single household gatherings.
He warned that non-compliance will result in the event being shut down by the police and the prosecution of the defaulters.