by Devonne Cornelius
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): A curfew commencing at 11:01 p.m. and ending at 5 a.m. the following day will be instituted in St. Kitts and Nevis come Monday, July 26, 2021, for two weeks in the first instance.
That was confirmed in the Statutory Rules and Orders (SRO) No.31 of 2021 published late Thursday night (July 22).
“…in an effort to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 during the period of night curfew, every person shall remain confined to his or her place of residence, inclusive of his or her yard space, to avoid contact outside of the family…,” the recently published SRO explained.
Persons, other than an essential worker, who is required to move from his or her home during the period of night curfew, shall first obtain the approval of the Commissioner of Police to do so.
The SRO described essential workers as officers of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, the St. Christopher and Nevis Defence Force, officers of the Fire and Rescue Services, employees of approved hotel and quarantine facilities, approved COVID-19 taxi and ferry operators, staff of hospitals or medical facilities, and members of the media, among others.
While the curfew has been reduced to 11:01 p.m., mass gatherings are still prohibited, the SRO stated. Social activities will be allowed upon approval of the Commissioner of Police.
The SRO warned that persons who may seek to contravene these regulations shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000 or a term of imprisonment not exceeding six months.
Twenty-four-hour lockdowns were implemented due to the large number of cases identified by health officials following an outbreak on May 19 which resulted in active cases of COVID-19 surpassing 300 and three persons dying from the virus. St. Kitts went into a 24-hour lockdown with a shelter in place order from June 27 until July 12 with four days of limited movement for essential purposes only. The same took effect on Nevis on July 03 and ended on July 12, 2021.
Acting on the advice of the National COVID-19 Task Force, the culmination of the lockdown saw a curfew being implemented from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following day.