BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - WITH the number of confirmed Coronavirus cases continuing to climb, the Government has set an 8:00 p.m. curfew when the new COVID-19 measures come into effect today (June 8).
The currently COVID-19 measures and restrictions that were announced two weeks ago by Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris had set the curfew from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. and remained in place until last evening.
Those measures, among other things, have forced business establishments to close early and non-essential personnel to be confined to their residence until the time would have elapsed.
But beginning this evening all residents remain at their residence from 8:00 p.m.-5:00 a.m. to abide by the measures or be fined a minimum of EC$5,000 or six months in prison.
In announcing the new measures, Minister of Health Akilah Byron-Nisbett explained that in a bid to decrease the viral transmission of the virus, the Government has imposed further restrictions on the movement of people.
“The Cabinet has taken the bold decision based on the current situation to extend the curfew which expired at 5:00 a.m. The new curfew, which will be in effect from tomorrow, Tuesday, June 8, would begin from 8:00 p.m.each night and end at 5:00 a.m.,” the Minister announced.
Currently, there are 41 active cases in theFederation and four persons are said to be hospitalised with the virus.
According to the Ministry of Health, 80 cases were diagnosed on St. Kitts 14 on Nevis.