Saint Lucia is extending COVID-19 protocols currently in place commencing on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, and ending on Thursday, September 30, 2021, Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs Minister, Moses Jn Baptiste announced Tuesday.
“At this stage, we note the overall reduction in transmission rate but as the medical professionals have explained, we are still at a critical phase and we cannot let our guard down, we must ensure that we continue to bring down the transmission rate,” Jn Baptiste explained in a statement.
He disclosed that the decision to extend the existing protocols until the end of September came after discussions and dialogue with the members of the COVID-19 Management Centre.
” We hope by that time amended protocols will include benefits for fully vaccinated individuals. The government continues to urge you to get vaccinated and will intensify our efforts to make the vaccine available to you in the best way possible,” Jn Baptiste stated.
The Minister reminded members of the public that the protocols are as follows:
1. Curfew will be in effect Monday to Friday from 7 pm and ends at 4 am; Saturday curfews start at 4 pm and end on Monday at 4 am. This means that there will be a 24-hour curfew on Sunday.
2. Suspension of the sale and disposal of intoxicating liquor at bars, rum shops, and restaurants.
3. Sale and disposal of intoxicating liquor from a supermarket, gas station, or wholesaler with a valid liquor license will be permitted. (No consumption of intoxicating liquor will be permitted on licensed premises)
4. Suspension of dine-in services at restaurants and food establishments. Take away (grab and go) and delivery services will be permitted.
5. Recreational/social activities at hotels will be permitted on property during curfew hours,
provided that such activities take place on property. Water sports and other water-related activities such as boat rides, skiing, etc. must be suspended during the 24-hour weekend curfew (from Saturday 4:00 pm to Monday 4:00 am).
According to Jn Baptiste, during this period, the Government of Saint Lucia will meet with stakeholders and the newly reconstituted COVID-19 Management Centre to review the COVID-19 situation and provide a further update on the protocols.
“Let us all continue adhering to the protocols to reduce transmission of the COVID-19 virus and return to some level of normalcy,” the Vieux Fort North MP urged.
He said the Government of Saint Lucia recognises the efforts of all who are adhering to the COVID-19 protocols and acknowledges the sacrifices that everyone has had to make over the last few weeks to prioritise health and safety.
“I extend heartfelt condolences to the families of all those who have passed away as a result of Covid-19 or Covid-19 related illness. It is a difficult time for you and may God grant you and your families strength and peace,” the Minister said.