St Lucia: Prime Minister of St Lucia, Allen M Chastanet, announces that existing COVID-19 Prevention and Control Protocols will be extended until February 16th 2021.
As the Government of St Lucia continues to handle the COVID-19 pandemic and further contain the coronavirus spread, the current protocols and steps have been extended until Tuesday, February 16th, 2021.
The restriction on the selling of alcohol and other beverages has also been increased until Wednesday, February 24th, 2021.
As per the decision by the Parliament of Saint Lucia, the State of Emergency (SOE) is increased until May 16th 2021; with a curfew from 7:00 pm to 5:00 am. According to the information, please note that the SOE and curfew can be reexamined, amended, or discontinued according to the Governor-General’s regulations.
A discussion of the National Emergency Management Advisory Committee (NEMAC) and stakeholders is scheduled later this week to assess existing steps and decide how forward.
The Government of Saint Lucia continues to acknowledge all St Lucians for the cooperation necessary to curtail non-essential measure to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.
According to the Govt of St Lucia, In undertaking routine reviews of the national plan to manage the COVID-19 outbreak, which includes the treatment and care component, the Ministry of Health recognizes the need to adjust this model of care.
There has recently been an enormous number of people currently being managed in the community. This, combined with the inadequacy of some homes to give the required isolation as well as breaches, has resulted in recent changes to the isolation strategy for our confirmed cases.
Home isolation is now being transitioned to state-based isolation facilities. Effective immediately, this change now means that mild cases are being placed within hotel sites and the moderate to severe cases continue to be cared for within the national respiratory hospital.
This allows for a greater degree of vigilance in the management of the milder COVID-19 cases, given home isolation cannot be effectively conducted for some individuals who are in care.