Covid-19 in Saint Kitts and Nevis & Government measures –
As of 3rd Apr 2020, there have been 8 confirmed cases and zero deaths in Saint Kitts and Nevis. The first case of Corona Virus pandemic was confirmed on 25th Mar 2020.
Following are the measures taken by the government of Saint Kitts and Nevis in order to combat of Corona Virus;
- On Saturday, 28th Mar 2020, Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris, the Governor General of St. Kitts & Nevis declared with effective from 28th Mar 2020, a State of Emergency will be declared.
- The Emergency Powers (COVID-19) Regulations require every person to remain confined to their place of residence, inclusive of their yard space, to avoid contact outside of their family except in stipulated circumstances such as essential travel to the doctor, grocery store, bank, credit union, money services, business, pharmacy or to refuel vehicles.
- The Regulations also require the closure of non-essential businesses and regulate the hours of opening for essential services. For a complete listing of essential businesses, click here to read section 5 of the official Emergency Powers (COVID-19) Regulations document.
- Kitts & Nevis has also imposed social and physical distancing protocols as part of the increased response. Businesses will be required to observe a physical distance of 6 feet between its customers inside and outside of their businesses. Following a meeting with the operators of the 3 bus lines and ferry operators, given the congestion in public transport vehicles and the potential for contagion, certain restrictions have been imposed to protect operators and their patrons of no more than 1 passenger per row.
- Regarding the public service, all essential workers must report to work during the time of the State of Emergency. The Secretary of Cabinet will determine any other category required to report for duty.
- To ensure that people are faithfully complying with the curfew and other restrictions, strong penalties including fines of up to $5000 and/or a term of imprisonment of up to 6 months can be imposed on those who fail to comply with the Regulations.
- The borders of St. Kitts & Nevis are closed from 25th Mar to 7th Apr, 2020 to commercial air and sea vessels.
- On 29th Mar 2020, the prime minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis, Timothy Harris, has highlighted Cuba’s help in sending a medical brigade to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
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