St Lucia imposing curfew as part of coronavirus fight
Press conference on COVID-19 in St Lucia
St Lucia will be under a curfew to coincide with the closure of all non-essential commercial services for two weeks.
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet made the announcement earlier today, Friday, March 20, 2020, at a press conference on the coronavirus (COVID-19).
The measures will begin Monday, March 24 and last through Sunday, April 5, 2020.
"When we start this process on Monday, we're also going to be imposing a curfew. The curfew will be from 11 o'clock at night until 5'oclock in the morning in the first instance."
He said that this is an effort to scale down in order to give the country the best chance to have zero community transmissions of the virus. To date, St Lucia has two COVID-19 cases, both imported from other countries.
Community transmission means that someone in St Lucia would have infected someone else in St Lucia and would signal that the spread of the virus may escalate.
The curfew, he says, is being done to enforce the social distancing measures so that people remain in their homes and away from crowds. As such, bars and restaurants will be closed.
It is also being done in order to safeguard properties from anyone who might want to take advantage of the situation.
Companies with employees who may work past the curfew period are able to apply for exemptions with NEMO.
The prime minister has engaged the Attorney General to prepare the necessary legislation to authorize the government to impose the curfew.