PM Harris announces additional restrictions to curb COVID outbreak

The Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis - SKN has announced that there would be a 24-hour lockdown from 6 pm Sunday, June 27th to 5 am Thursday, 1 July.

Saint Kitts and Nevis: The Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis – SKN has announced that there would be a 24-hour lockdown from 6 pm Sunday, June 27th to 5 am Thursday, 1 July.

The Prime Minister added that on Thursday and Friday, 2 July 2021, there would be restricted movement (for the essential businesses) from 6 am to 6 pm, and the 24-hour lockdown would return from 6 pm Friday that is from 3 July to 8 July 2021. 

The prime minister added, ” We would again have limited movement for essentials on Thursday, 8 July and Friday, 9 July from 6 am to 6 pm on both days and return to 24-hour lockdown on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th July.”

Under these new additional restrictive measures, a shelter in a placed order would be stringently enforced, which means every citizen will remain in their respective homes, other than the essential workers, Healthcare workers, security guard services or if anyone faces a medical emergency. 

Despite this, the citizens who have to take their dose of the COVID-19 vaccine can travel to the vaccination sites with a vaccination card, picture ID (between 8 am to 1 pm) from Monday 28 June to Wednesday 30 June 2021. 

PM Harris further informed that all the business places, including doctors offices, would be closed during the strict lockdown hours only the essential institutions are permitted to operate, such as – supermarkets, pharmacies and medical facilities, and those limited businesses authorized by the Commissioner of Police.

Following are the additional restriction measures announced by the prime minister of SKN –

  • All the religious & educational institutions shall remain close, while a particular time would be allotted for the students appearing for their external exams and travelling to their examination centres. 
  •  Only restricted government workers would be required to secure the continued functioning of the state; that is – Permanent Secretaries, Directors, and other Heads will determine who would be demanded to attend work.
  • No mass gatherings are permitted, including parties and other social events. 
  • The beaches would remain close.
  • The Liquor licenses are suspended. Absolutely NO rum shops, bars, nor nightspots are permitted to operate.
  • The farmers and fishers are permitted to tend their flock and to go fishing to keep the food supply during days of limited operation.

“There will be a special carve-out for the island of Nevis, which will remain the same as obtains presently but will be detailed in the SR&O,” PM Harris stated. 

This decision of these additional restrictions came after the sister island reported three deaths within few days and to curb the spread of the deadly mutant.

Following the statement, PM Harris has urged the citizens to follow the COVID-19 health protocols and obey the additional restrictions to fight the deadly virus. 

PM Harris concluded, “Let us be united in the fight for our lives and our Country. To better protect ourselves, let us get vaccinated and adhere to the COVID-19 protocols. Let us adopt the appropriate behaviour needed to fight this deadly virus.”