Saturday 30 May, 2020

Saba closes non-essential businesses due to novel coronavirus

The Bottom, Saba. Photo: iStock/Chiyacat

The Bottom, Saba. Photo: iStock/Chiyacat

Schools, bars and all other non-essential businesses on the Dutch-Caribbean island of Saba will be closed from March 19 to April 9 in an effort to reduce transmissions of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Essential Government and private sector operations will continue their operations but with new social distance practices in place such as the suspension of dine-in services at restaurants.

Island Governor Jonathan Johnson said the temporary measures are necessary to keep Sabans safe.

“We realize that some of the measures will have implications and will inconvenience many. However, we strongly advise you to comply with them. As a government and as a society we all have a responsibility to ensure that we do all that we can to keep COVID-19 from entering our island,” Johnson said.

Teachers will use March 19 and 20 to prepare packages for their students which can be utilized for continued learning purposes.

Anyone travelling to the Eastern Caribbean Island will have to go in mandatory quarantine.

Only medical personnel and persons who are responsible for transporting cargo to and from Saba are exempt from the quarantine.  

There are currently zero suspected or positive cases of COVID-19 on Saba.

Johnson has also called on Sabans not to panic buy items since there are adequate stores of supplies on the island.

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