Saint Lucia’s Health Wellness and Elderly Affairs Minister, Moses Jn Baptiste, has announced the strengthening of the country’s COVID-19 protocols, amid a surge in COVID-19 cases.
In announcing the new measures, Jn Baptiste observed that over the last 14 days 1,376 new cases were noted while there were 1,717 active cases in country.
“We have noted 6 COVID-19 deaths over the last 14 day period. These statistics are used to trigger action at all levels of government. With this current situation, there is the urgent need for us to do much more as individuals and as a community to fight this virus,” Jn Baptiste explained in a statement on Friday.
He announced that in an effort to urgently address the current spike in cases, the Cabinet of Ministers agreed to the following measures effective Saturday August 28, 2021 to Monday September 6, 2021:
Work from home and blended approaches at work places along with the strengthening of infection prevention and control measures at all sectors
Adjustment to the curfew times
Saturday August 28, 2021 curfew starts from 4pm and ends on Sunday August 29, 2021 at 4am
Sunday August 29, 2021 curfew starts from 1pm and ends on Monday August
30, 2021 at 4am
Monday August 30, 2021 to Friday September 3, 2021 curfew starts every
day from 7pm
Saturday September 4, 2021 curfew starts from 4pm and ends on Monday, September 6, 2021 at 4am. This means there is a curfew all day Sunday
Minibus operators to travel with a maximum of 10 passengers per load
Prohibition of all social activities, and family household activities limited to 10 per
Jn Baptiste said a review of the public health data and indicators will be carried out in the next 7 days to guide any further measures to be implemented.
Here is the Minister’s full statement: