New COVID-19 protocols have been announced by Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs Minister, Moses Jn Baptiste.
Jn Baptiste, in a statement Friday, said the measures were decided after discussions and dialogue with the members of the COVID-19 Management Centre and the Cabinet of Minister.
The new protocols have been recommended commencing on Monday, November 01, 2021, and ending on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 and are as follows:
1. Confinement to residence will continue in effect from Monday to Friday from 10:00pm and end at 4:00am.
2. Confinement on weekends will be as follows: on Saturday November 6th and Saturday, November 13th, 2021, confinement will start at 10:00pm and end at 4:00am on the following Monday. On Sunday, November 21st and Sunday, November 28, 2021, confinement will start from 1pm each day until 4:00am the following Monday.
3. On Sunday November 7th and Sunday November 14, a person may attend a religious ceremony during confinement but must return to his or her residence by 1pm on that day.
4. A person may host or attend a social event with fifty (50) or less fully vaccinated persons. An application must be made to and approval must e granted by the Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs.
5. Religious Ceremonies are allowed based on the square footage of the organization in keeping with approved COVID-19 response plan. Special Religious rites including weddings, baptisms and funerals are permitted with one hundred (100) or less persons.
6. An approved bar with a valid liquor licence is permitted to operate from 10:00am until closure of business to fully vaccinated persons only.
7. Dine-in services at approved restaurants and food establishments, is allowed to fully vaccinated patrons only. Take away (grab and go) and delivery services will be permitted at other establishments.
8. A certified accommodation provider or an approved tourism establishment may permit a fully vaccinated person access to the services offered by the provider or establishment.
9. All educational institutions may open for face-to-face engagement to facilitate structured supervision from November 8, 2021. The Ministry of Education, Sustainable Development, Innovation, Science, Technology and Vocational Training will communicate the confirmed dates to the public.
Jn Baptiste disclosed that the Government of Saint Lucia will continue to monitor the trends during this period and the protocols will be reviewed in relation to the festive season in December.
He urged all to continue adhering to the protocols to reduce the spread of
the COVID-19 virus and return this country to the level of normalcy ‘which we all
The Minister’s complete message appears below: