The Government of St Lucia has officially declared a few revisions to their (COVID-19) health protocols, with the new addition of permitting ‘no quarantine’ for returning nationals and guests who have a negative PCR test who are completely vaccinated.
These new measures come into effect from Monday, May 31 until June 30. The government said that as of May 28, a total of 27,709 individuals had received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 18,277 others have received the second dose.
“This COVID-19 vaccination drive caters to the general population, 18 years and older, for the first dose as well as individuals receiving the second dose of the vaccine.”
In a statement by the Cabinet of Prime Minister Allen Chastanet that after “careful deliberation on recommendations from the Command Centre” had consented to change the COVID-19 conventions, to permit a few concessions for completely inoculated people dependent on the insurance being furnished by vaccination with regards to the science.
Yet, it cautioned that all general health measures, for example, mandatory mask-wearing in public, social distancing and washing and sanitizing of hands remain in place. It said the curfew remains 9:00 pm to 4:00 am (local time) daily.
The Prime Minister however warned that St. Lucia is still at “a critical point” in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, adding “we anticipate the risks involved and will continue to strengthen the public health system.
“We urge the public to act responsibly and ask for the full cooperation in the safe implementation of the new measures in place.”
In the interim, an explanation from the Ministry of Health and Wellness throughout the weekend showed that the island recorded 33 new instances of COVID-19 from a batch of 329 samples taken during the period May 21-27.
The new cases bring the total number of cases diagnosed in the country to date to 5035.