St Lucia announces new COVID-19 protocols for residents

The minister of health, wellness and elderly affairs of St Lucia Moses Jn Baptiste has informed about various restrictions on various activities and stated:

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St Lucia: The Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs has announced the new COVID-19 protocols for the citizens of St Lucia, which come into effect on March 5, 2022, and will end on April 1, 2022. 

The minister of health, wellness and elderly affairs of St Lucia Moses Jn Baptiste has informed about various restrictions on various activities and stated: 

Restrictions on social activities: 

  • A person may host or attend a social event or recreational activity that consists of not more than seventy-five (75) of his or her immediate family at his or her residence or fully vaccinated persons at his or her residence.   
  •  A person can, with the approval of the Chief Medical Officer, host or attend or social event or recreational activity that consists of more than 75 fully vaccinated persons but not more than 150 persons. 
  •  A faith-Based organization may hold their daily or regular religious ceremony as long as the physical distancing protocols specified under the COVID-19 order. 
  • A religious organization may hold special religious rights, including weddings and funerals. 
  • A certified accommodation provider or an approved tourism establishment may permit a fully vaccinated person access to these rules offered by the provider or establishment. 

Reductions in the Number of passengers on public transport: 

  •  Public omnibuses shall operate with a maximum of three passengers in a row. 

Changes have also been made to the testing and quarantine protocols:

  • A fully vaccinated national resident or non-national arriving in St Lucia will not be placed in quarantine if he or she has a valid negative test of the COVID-19 pandemic taken within five days prior to arrival in St Lucia. 
  • Rapid Antigen tests must be administered by a healthcare provider. Self-administered tests and saliva tests are not accepted. UK NHS tests are also not valid for travel.
  • Unvaccinated visitors can continue to stay at COVID-19 certified properties. Returning nationals who are unvaccinated are required to quarantine for a seven-day period. 
  • As of January 2022, ninety percent of tourism arrivals to St Lucia are fully vaccinated travellers. Travellers are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after a dose of an accepted single-dose vaccine or two weeks after the second dose of an accepted two-dose vaccine series.