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Better roads or airports facilitate the transport of goods and services to market. (Photo: LinkedIn @Invest St Lucia)

St Lucia announces curfew, shutdown of non-essential services

Better roads or airports facilitate the transport of goods and services to market. (Photo: LinkedIn @Invest St Lucia)

Come Monday, St Lucia will enforce a two-week nationwide shutdown of non-essential services and curfew in a bid to curb its COVID-19 spread.

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet during a news conference today, March 20, said the closure of all non-essential commercial services will help reduce public interaction.

Further, the shutdown will be accompanied by a curfew that lasts from 11:00PM to 5:00PM daily.

“The programmes will begin on Monday, March 23 until Sunday April 5 in the first instance and certainly depending on its success and what’s taking place and through the advice of the Chief Medical Officer and the collaboration of government, we will determine whether in fact we believe that should be extended or whether we can pull back,” Chastanet said.

Prime Minister of St Lucia Allen Chastanet

Businesses that are allowed to remain open will need to implement preventative measures such as restricting the number of people inside offices at any given point.

Excluded from the shutdown are the island’s ports, utility and sanitation companies, supermarkets, pharmacies and gas stations. However, they will open with reduced services.

An aerial view of Castries, the capital of St Lucia (Photo: LinkedIn: Invest St Lucia)

“Emergency services, fire, police as well as the private security services will remain operational. In terms of border control, again there will be a continual tightening of any humans or passengers coming into Saint Lucia,” he said.

The curfew was put in place to restrict the operation of places of entertainment and limit the number of people gathered there.

The island has confirmed two cases of the coronavirus so far.