by Clive Bacchus
St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The Chamber of Industry and Commerce is advising that its members with business operations and branches in Nevis will continue to function and operate as normal over the next two weeks until advised further.
The notice follows an announcement from Premier Mark Brantley, in an address Saturday night (June 12), that Nevis has no confirmed case of COVID-19 at the moment and businesses will continue to operate, with COVID-19 protocols in place.
“To our Members on St. Kitts, unless you are considered an “essential business” you are to remain closed to the public and work from home where applicable,” the Chamber stated.
The CIC said Financial Institutions will be open from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm daily for the next two weeks.
“We clearly understand the financial difficulty many of our members have been facing over the past 15 months and will continue to advocate on your behalf for further financial relief and policies to improve the economic environment brought on by COVID-19. We appreciate your continued patience in this regard.
We ask all employers and business owners to you continue your efforts to encourage your Management Teams and Employees to “Roll up to Roll out to Reopen our Country Responsibly”. Don’t Hesitate Vaccinate!”
The private sector group advised its members to seek further guidance from the updated Statutory Rules and Orders circulated on Saturday, June 12th, 2021.
The Chief Medical officer Dr. Hazel Laws Saturday announced that there were 123 active cases of COVID-19 on St. Kitts. The authorities have announced a curfew and lockdown effective June 12- June 26 to stop the spread of the virus.
Since the pandemic began the Federation has recorded 187 confirmed cases of COVID-19 based on Saturday’s report.
In just three weeks (started May 19, 2021) health officials have confirmed 142 cases of the coronavirus- all on St. Kitts.
” Of these 142 cases we have had 19 recoveries… at present we are monitoring 123 active cases…on Wednesday, 11 results returned positive, on Thursday, 25 results returned positive, yesterday Friday, June 11, 32 test results returned positive, ” said the CMO while reporting four hospitalizations – with three people in stable condition and one experiencing moderate symptoms of the coronavirus.