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New SOE Regulations In Place

St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The government has issued the new COVID-19 emergency regulations which take effect today, Saturday, August 8 until August 29 2020.

In the latest regulations, a number of sweeping changes have been made and chief among them are, the time for the nightly curfew has been shortened and ticketed fines for persons who are found without masks.

Persons found breaching those regulations will be fined $500 dollars.

Under the regulations, the government has shorted the curfew hours with the new time being from 2:00 am until 4:59 am – moving away from the 12:00-4:59 am curfew.

The change forms part of the government’s ‘first phase of reopening’ which will now see hotels and other establishments reopening.

In the orders issued Saturday morning, the government provided guidelines and hotels for the reopening of hotels, including having an onsite nurse, the removal of buffet stations and the daily washing of furniture with fabric.

Also under Regulation 19, Sports Management Teams or Clubs within each sport discipline may apply to the Ministry of Sports for permission to host spectator-less inter-team or inter-club practice matches by using the application form that is published in Part II of Schedule Four (IV).

Section 15, which speaks to wearing masks when in a public place (a “public place” is defined on the first page of the new COVID-19 Regulations), has been expanded. That Regulation now states:

(1) Notwithstanding the provisions of the Small Charges Act, Cap. 4.36, a person shall wear a face mask, covering their nose and mouth, when in a public place, once a period of emergency is declared in relation to COVID-19.

(2) A person shall not be required to wear a mask:

(a) if he or she is under the age of three years old;

(b) if he or she suffers from a disability, cognitive impairment, dementia, asthma, chronic obstructive lung disease or other similar health condition;

(c) if he or she is within a private space including in a private vehicle.

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