Tighter Security For Saint Lucia State Quarantine Centres After Escapes

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Prime Minister Allen Chastanet says security at state quarantine facilities will be improved.

The announcement came Monday following reports that at least three young men last week escaped from the facility at Bel Jou hotel, Castries.

It was not the first such escape from a state quarantine facility.

Police had detained the men for entering this country illegally from neighbouring Martinique.

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One of the escapees is said to have returned of his own volition.

Prime Minister Chastanet told reporters that adequate security should have been in place at state quarantine facilities in the first instance.

“But I guess they came in illegally and maybe they were a bit more motivated,” he observed.

“We’re going to have to review the decision that when persons are found illegally coming into our territory, whether they should be put into a public facility like they were or whether we will have to make other arrangements for them,” he said.

Chastanet also made reference to COVID-19 wardens, 200 of whom are being trained to help ensure that people comply with COVID-19 protocols.

He told reporters he is very anxious to have them in place.

“Clearly, enforcement is required,” the PM asserted.

He said he feels very sorry for business placesĀ  that are adhering to the new protocols, with the result that their business has been affected, while other business places are in breach of the same protocols.

“It says to them ‘You are making this big sacrifice and other people are not making that sacrifice,'” Chastanet said.

He expressed the view that it defeats the purpose of theĀ  strengthened protocols if people do not observe them.

“I think there was a meeting with the restaurant sector this morning and I have a tremendous amount of empathy for them, but opening up the doors is not the solution to the problem,” Chastanet disclosed.

“We need another two weeks of hard core reducing interaction by people in order to ensure that we have the virus under control,” he declared.

The PM noted during the Christmas season, Saint Lucians will want to socialise with family.

But he cautioned that it is important that Saint Lucians adhere to the COVID-19 protocols.

Headline photo courtesy Obi Onyeador

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