With COVID-19 figures skyrocketing out of control, the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Hon. Allen Chastanet, together with a full complement of officials on both sides of the political and professional fence addressed the nation on the way forward.
As of today, Wednesday, 3, February, the island will once again be under the State of Emergency for a period of seven days. The State of Emergency, according to Prime Minister Allen Chastanet will allow for further restriction movement as it is accompanied by a curfew from 7 pm to 5 am.
The mammoth January’s figures undoubtedly forced the Government to implement stricter protocols which include the amendment of the COVID-19 Act to reduce operation hours for businesses to coincide with the curfew.
Visitors to Saint Lucia are now required to present a valid PCR test within five days of arrival as opposed to the seven days.
Panic buyers were assured that as an essential service to the island, supermarkets and pharmacies would remain open so there would be no need for panic buying. Last weekend, supermarkets saw droves of shoppers queue outside supermarkets in anticipation of a full island shutdown.