Saint Lucia Friday implemented enhanced COVID-19 protocols aimed at addressing a spike in cases of the potentially deadly virus.
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet told a media briefing that the new measures approved by the cabinet based on recommendations from the Chief Medical Officer as well as consultation with key stakeholders, include working from home wherever possible and a ‘limit movement advisory’.
It’s a recommendation that people voluntarily limit movement between 9.00 pm and 5.00 am and stay at home during that time period.
The Prime Minister explained that all agencies and businesses should implement a blended service operations approach where possible for employees.
“The approach should allow for the functioning of all services and operations utilising online platforms and standard health protocols where feasible,” Chastanet stated.
He disclosed that the aim is to reduce the physical numbers in the workplace and curb possible COVID-19 transmission.
Chastanet said businesses must cease all operations and commercial activity by 9.00 pm.
However, the PM indicated that exemptions will be listed.
According to the PM, mass crowd events have been reduced from 50 to 25 people per venue, per activity.
He told the media briefing that no special provisions will be extended for ground, space or structural considerations.
In regard to religious institutions, Chastanet announced that they are to be guided by the square footage of their respective spaces.
“Each religious institution must be aware of how many people can access the building,” he said.
But he said the maximum number of a hundred people would apply for institutions that are very large.
Chastanet said public and private education institutions should extend the closure of compounds and ensure continued learning via alternative and telecommunications media.
“Grab and Go – no consumption of alcohol on premises. Sale of alcohol is permissible – Grab and Go business at bars only. All bars and restaurants to close by 9.00 pm,” he announced.
Chastanet also said that the hosting of contact sports and any high risk sporting activity will be discouraged, while non-contact sports will be listed.
Headline photo caption: Prime Minister Allen Chastanet addressing news briefing on Friday, October 30, 2020