Saint Lucia, as of today, will no longer be under a State of Emergency.
The country was first placed under a State of Emergency on March 23, 2020 by the previous administration due to rising COVID-19 cases on island.
Prime Minister Philip J Pierre Thursday evening during an address to the nation stated that the State of Emergency will not be reinstated.
“The Cabinet of Ministers has agreed to adopt the COVID-19 Prevention Control Act to invoke adjusted protocols and restrictions that are necessary to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. These adjusted measures will come into effect from October 16, 2021 until November 1, 2021 in the first instance. Let me assure you that as soon as the rate of infections reduce to a relatively safe level the restrictions will be relaxed,” Pierre said.
The Prime Minister said he took no pleasure in announcing continued restrictions for Saint Lucians saying that these restrictions are still necessary to control the spread of the virus.
“I empathize with you as we continue to live with the many inconveniences brought on by this global COVID-19 virus. We cannot give up we must keep observing the protocols and keep calling on each other to do the same,” Pierre said.
He added, “The battle we are fighting requires a collective effort on the part of everyone. While this is a collective effort I call on every citizen to accept personal responsibility for fighting this COVID-19 battle.”
The Prime Minister called on Saint Lucians to get vaccinated because vaccination remains Saint Lucia’s only weapon to fight off the worst effects of the COVID-19 virus.
“The worldwide data in support of vaccination remains overwhelming. The signs of an uptake in vaccinations on our island are encouraging, let us press on. If the number of citizens being vaccinated continues to increase and infections reduce, we shall be able to return to our normal lives sooner rather than later,” Pierre said.