by Kevon Browne
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN) – As announced previously the federation will be allowing fully vaccinated inbound travelers to quarantine for nine days from May 1.
Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Hazel Laws during the National Emergency Management Operations Center’s press briefing on April 28, outlined the requirements for those fully vaccinated inbound travelers.
“Other Requirements for fully vaccinated in- bound passengers are as follows:
- Negative pre-arrival at RT – PCR test done within three days of travel to the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis. Fully vaccinated inbound passengers may be tested on arrival if the Pre-arrival test is outdated or not-acceptable.
- Completion of entry form at URL:knatravelform.kn.
- Quarantine ‘vacation in place’ for a period of 9 days and individuals can be officially released from quarantine if a negative RT-PCR test is returned on day #9 of quarantine.
- Pre-departure test is not required by the Federation at this time (only if we have clusters of cases of community transmission). Pre-departure tests may still be required if the country of destination requires it.”
Additionally, spectators will be welcomed back to the stands for local sporting events, permission must be granted prior and masks stay on for spectators.
“2. Effective May 20, 2021 – fully vaccinated spectators can access venues of amateur and recreational sporting events (football match, basketball match, athletic meets etc.)
However, the following requirements must be adhered to: – spectators must maintain hand hygiene; wear a face mask, 50 percent spectator capacity and maintain a registry of names and contact information of all fully vaccinated spectators who are admitted to the venues along with temperature checks.
- The fully vaccinated amateur and recreational sporting event organizers (football match, basketball match, athletic meets etc….) must first seek approval from the Ministry of Sports & Commissioner of Police.”
The same rules apply, for private events, with a tentative date of July 19 for fully vaccinated patrons. The event organisers, their staff and entertainers must also be fully vaccinated.
The new changes in protocols only apply to fully vaccinated individuals, therefore persons are required to keep their vaccination card handy and protected in order to partake. For those who are still hesitant in taking the vaccine the existing protocols still apply even when mixing with those who are vaccinated.