In an address to the nation last night, Prime Minister, Hon. Phillip J. Pierre announced modified COVID-19 protocols that will remain in effect until August 31st, 2021.
A few of the measures include curfew restrictions on business operating hours with work from home encouraged. As opposed to 11 P.M., curfew is now from 9 P.M. – 4 A.M. daily. All business houses are expected to close their doors by 8 P.M.
Social gatherings have been reduced to immediate and family households only and must not exceed 10 people. For the duration of the three weeks, all loud music permits will be canceled and no allowance will be made for special activities including fully vaccinated parties and events.
Church services have been limited with numbers being determined based on the square footage of the physical structure. Gyms and sporting events though allowed to continue must follow protocols most notably no crowds or spectators.
The status of the island’s educational institutions will be determined after the assessment of the situation prior to month-end with the options of alternate days or full schedule being explored.
The new protocols that will come into effect on Friday, August 13th, were necessary as the island continues to record high positive numbers in new COVID-19 infections. On Wednesday, August 11th, the island record 396 active cases of COVID-19.