Saturday 30 May, 2020

St Eustatius government tightens COVID-19 quarantine enforcement

Photo: iStock/DreamCursor

Photo: iStock/DreamCursor

Police on the Dutch-Caribbean Island of St Eustatius will fine and arrest people who do not adhere to self-quarantine orders that were imposed because of their recent travels to and from areas with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Island Governor Marnix van Rij revealed 67 people are in quarantine, during an address to Statians on Wednesday night.

Of the 67, only seven of those people have been tested for COVID-19 and the results were negative.

Van Rij said: “In a perfect world, everyone would respect the self-quarantine rules. Many of our fellow citizens are doing so. Unfortunately, some are not. This puts everyone at risk. We preferred to use our Police Force to educate rather than punish individuals. However, this has not stopped people who refuse to adhere to the law, therefore we are obliged to implement stronger measures.”

Schools, daycares and after school facilities across the island will close from March 30 because there are not enough products to sanitise facilities.

Classes are scheduled to resume on April 15 but that date is dependent on hygiene supplies reaching the island and global COVID-19 trends.

Students will have access to educational resources online

A “COVID-19 Care For Children” campaign was launched by the Government on March 24 and this program will provide parents with tools on how to safeguard their children physical and mental health during the pandemic.

Van Rij also called on Statians not to panic buy food and gasoline since there are adequate supplies on the island.

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