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Non-contact Sporting Activities Get Approval in latest Protocols

Working from home continues to be the order of the day and mass social gatherings are still very much prohibited. However, in the extended protocols, non-contact sports are getting a small go ahead.

Following recommendations from the Command Centre, the Government of Saint Lucia has extended COVID-19 Prevention and Control protocols until May 16th 2021, as Saint Lucia continues to manage the spread of COVID-19.

The only change in the latest protocols is persons are allowed to participate in non-contact sporting activities with no more than 15 participants. However, there should be no spectators or crowds.

The curfew remains from 9:00PM to 4:00AM daily.

The following protocols also remain:

WORK FROM HOME AND REDUCED CONTACT MEETINGS

All agencies and businesses will continue to implement a Blended Service/ Operations Approach where possible for the employees.

BUSINESS OPERATING HOURS

All business operations and commercial activities shall cease operation at 9:00PM to 4:00AM daily, as guided by curfew enforced through the State of Emergency.

RESTRICTIONS ON SOCIAL GATHERINGS

Social Gatherings are restricted to no more than ten (10) people of the immediate family. In public and private settings, individuals are encouraged to limit their contact as much as possible and adhere to all the necessary protocol as well as mindful to general hygiene procedure. No allowance is given for mass gathering social events of any kind or loud music permits.

RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS

All daily or regular church and religious services are permitted in accordance with social distancing protocols. Religious institutions may carry out services according to the square footage of the church. This is guided by each institution’s guidelines and protocols approved by the Ministries of Equity and Health. Special religious rites, including Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals will be limited to a maximum of fifty (50) individuals (inclusive of observers and the service leaders).

SPECIAL EVENTS

Boat Excursions for up to 10 persons. This is only permissible for Crewed Yacht Charters and family boaters. Excursion plans must be reported to the lighthouse ahead of the journey. Absolutely no day boat party charters will be allowed.

RESTRICTIONS ON ALCOHOL SALES

The sale of alcohol is permitted at Supermarkets, Minimarts, Gas Stations, Restaurants and Bars. Stand-alone bars to operate during the business hours of 11:00AM until 8:00PM, allowing ONLY Take-Away services. Licensed restaurants are permitted to serve liquor as part of dine-in services. Strict measures of protocol enforcement and a NO TOLERANCE POLICY will be in effect. Licensed restaurants and bars to display all necessary licenses and revised capacity as per COVID-19 protocol for their establishment in a conspicuous place

RESTRICTIONS ON SPORTING ACTIVITY

All competitive and high-contact sporting activities, inclusive of indoor and outdoor trainings, local competitions or social activities are prohibited.  Provisions apply for individual or immediate family households to exercise in a safe, open-air space. Gyms are permitted per square footage and protocols. A non-contact sporting activity is allowed if there are no more than fifteen persons in attendance excluding spectators and crowds.

SCHOOLS ARE ALLOWED IN-CLASS TRAINING AND INSTRUCTION FOR THIRD TERM

Schools are to follow strict protocols and regulations issued by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Educations continuity plan for schools in Saint Lucia to operate safely on a specified system.

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