Saint Lucia returns to COVID-19 state of emergency, curfew announced

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St Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet

Saint Lucia will go back to a state of emergency effective Wednesday, February 3, 2021.

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet made the announcement Tuesday, saying the measure will be in place for an initial seven days.

“This will allow us to further restrict movement with a curfew from 7.00 pm to 5.00 am effective Wednesday, 3rd February,” he said.

Chastanet also disclosed that the COVID-19 act is being amended to reduce operating hours for businesses to coincide with the curfew.

In addition, he said visitors will now require a PCR test within five days of arrival rather than seven days.

However, Chastanet stressed that supermarkets and pharmacies will remain open.

“So there is no need for panic buying,” the PM declared.

He said that essential services will continue to operate.

“The full list will be published in the revised statutory instrument on wwwcovid-19 response.lc,” Chastanet explained.

He told the nation that the authorities did not take the decisions he announced lightly.

“We know it will be an inconvenience to all of you,” Chastanet stated.

But he asserted that this country’s history has shown that ‘our government has always faced challenges head-on.’

Chastanet gave the assurance that health and safety will never be compromised.

He said health and safety are the main focus.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Some nations wait too late to act and thus allow the situation to get out of control.
    Need to be proactive in these times.
    The virus is on a rampage around the world. Vaccine or no vaccine….covid-19 shows no sign of slowing down.
    I reiterate again….this is just a test run for BIGGER WORRIES to come. We ain’t seen anything yet !

    The world is on a downward spiral…out of control….with no sign of reverse. Stuck in destruction gear.
    All because we are greedy, selfish, evil in heart…..now reaping the consequences of our wicked ways. It will only get much worse before the Master of the universe steps in.
    I say again: God will NEVER force His will on mankind. He made us free moral beings. Gave us the choice between GOOD & EVIL. Encourage us to select good…..but we prefer evil. Now we see the results. God will never force us to follow His way. That would make us robots. You just cannot force someone to love you. That definitely would not be love at all.
    Yet….there is hope for all who want to turn and make that change.
    Realize that we are not living in normal times. These are SERIOUS DAYS. Consider what have brought us to this point…and also consider what can bring us out of this calamity. ONLY THE CREATOR CAN !

    WAKE UP….. THE CHANGE CAN BEGIN WITH YOU…WITH ME…..NOW !

    WORLD “CRYSIS”: END SOON COME !

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