by Kevon Browne
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN) – “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,” said Abdias Samuel, Chair of the COVID-19 Taskforce during the November 17 broadcast of the press briefing hosted by the National Emergency Operations Center.
As of November 18, the period of curfew between 1:01 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. no longer applies.
The lifting of the curfew is the latest in easing restrictions on movement within the Federation since the State of Emergency started in July 2021, which saw the continued use of countrywide curfews to help curb the spread of COVID-19 in the Federation.
According to the health officials, the easing of restrictions was determined by the number of fully vaccinated adults within St. Kitts and Nevis.
Currently, just under 80 percent of the target population, 33,037, has received at least the first dose, and 73 percent have received both doses as of Wednesday, November 18.
Reactions and opinions vary when it comes to the lifting of the curfew.
While some welcome the ease in restrictions, others feel nothing has really changed considering the other restrictions still apply; mass gatherings and events are still not allowed or heavily restricted, and quarantine remains in effect.