BASSETERRE. St. Kitts -- AS the Federation heads into the festive season, and with activities for Carnival about to get underway, the government is in the process of lifting the nightly curfew which has been in place since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Though the official date for the lifting of the curfew was not disclosed, Head of the COVID-19 Task Force, Abdias Samuel revealed that the decision came after discussions were had with the government to have the restriction lift.
Speaking at last evening’s COVID-19 media briefing, Samuel explained that the task force would have made a recommendation during Tuesday’s meeting with Cabinet.
“I am pleased to inform you that the Cabinet has approved for the full lifting of the curfew from the regulations. So when you see the new iteration of the regulations, there will be no more curfew in St. Kitts and Nevis,”explained Samuel
Over the last several weeks, the number of new cases of the virus reported remained significantly low compared with the peak several months prior. However, that does not mean that it will be all free. The task force is still expected to enforce all of the protocols and regulations to ensure that the numbers remain below its peak.
Samuel also disclosed that the Cabinet has agreed to approve the recommendations put forward by the National Carnival Committee (NCC) for the staging of events this year. According to Samuel, they were accepted as submitted for approval.
Restrictions are currenly in place for the staging of large social gatherings in the Federation and approval must first come from the police and the COVID-19 Task Force.
The NCC has already started notifying the public about its measures that would be in place for people to enter the various venues. It noted that only fully vaccinated patrons will be allowed entry to any event.
“...the in-person events will be mainly fr vaccinated persons,” Medical Chief of Staff, Dr. Cameron Wilkson stated.
All of the events will be held with 75 percent capacity.