The Saint Lucia curfew will be completely lifted as of Friday, July 10, 2020, it has been announced.
The announcement came Monday night.
That’s when Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, Tourism Minister Dominic Fedee and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sharon Belmar-George provided an updated COVID-19 response to the nation.
“As of July 10 we no longer will have curfew hours in Saint Lucia,” Chastanet disclosed on the National Television Network (NTN).
The Prime Minister also announced other measures to come into place as of July 10.
They include the reopening of cinemas with proper protocols, the reopening of childhood development centres with protocols and the allowing of sports tournaments and contact sports with protocols for spectators.
Chastanet said the total number of persons who will be allowed is 200, regardless of how large the sports facility is.
He explained that the attendees will be required to observe social distancing.
Chastanet said that the yachting sector will reopen with strict protocols.
“In essence what we are doing right now is all the yachts that currently are in the bubble of about 24 countries in the Caribbean, once they have been in those locations for 14 days they will be allowed to come into the country without going through a quarantine,” he stated.
However the former Tourism Minister made it clear that when they come in, whatever marine spots they will be in, their personnel will be inspected, their temperatures taken and medical staff will be on site at the mooring locations to continually assess the visitors while they are here.
In regard to the reopening of Saint Lucia’s borders, Chastanet said it has been the single most difficult decision he has had to make during his four years in office.
He said he was grateful for the support of the command centre team and thanked his cabinet colleagues who helped to share the burden of the decision as to when and how to reopen the borders.