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Adjustment to Covid Rules as Surge Continues

3 September 2021

New protocols governing bars and restaurants went into effect today amid the surge in Covid 19 cases on the island.

In a previous statement issued on Wednesday the public was informed of the government’s intention to revisit the protocols as they relate to bars and restaurants. After discussions and dialogue with the Command Center the following recommendations proposed for adjustments were approved.

The adjusted measures will be in effect from Friday September 3 to Tuesday, September 14, 2021.

The following adjustments in the COVID-19 protocols are:

1. Suspension of the sale and disposal of intoxicating liquor at bars, rum shops and restaurants.

2. Sale and disposal of intoxicating liquor from a supermarket, gas station or wholesaler with a valid liquor license will be permitted. (No consumption of intoxicating liquor will be permitted on licensed premises)

3. Suspension of dine-in services at restaurants and food establishments. Take away (grab and go) and delivery services will be permitted.

4. Recreational/social activities at hotels will be permitted on property during curfew hours, provided that such activities take place on property. Water sports and other water related activities such boat rides, skiing etc. must be suspended during the 24 hour weekend curfew (from Saturday 4:00 p.m to Monday 4:00 a.m).

5. The above measures along with the other current protocols (curfew hours and other restrictions) shall remain in effect for the period commencing Friday September 3 until Tuesday September14, 2021.

The Ministry of Health yesterday confirmed 220 new cases of COVID-19. These cases were processed at the Ezra Long Laboratory from a batch of 648 samples. These cases bring the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date to 8,542.

The Ministry of Health also reported two new COVID-19 deaths. To date, the total number of COVID-19 deaths in country is 76 and the total number of COVID-19 related deaths is 32.

COVID-19 death #75 is a 79 year old male from the Gros-Islet district. COVID-19 death #76 is a 48 year old male from the Castries district.

Confirmation was also received of the recovery of 152 individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 bringing the total number of active cases in country to date to 2,053. Currently, two of the active cases are in critical care at the Respiratory Hospital.

The Government of Saint Lucia is continuing to manage the fourth COVID-19 wave and therefore ask that the public adhere to the protocols stipulated. Individuals are also encouraged to get vaccinated to protect themselves and others from the virus.

To date 34, 901 individuals have received the first dose of the Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine and 27, 942 have received the second dose. For the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine 3, 175 individuals have received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine and 71 individuals for the second dose.

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