By Devonne Cornelius
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN) — Superintendent of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force Cromwell Henry is calling on funeral directors, wedding planners, pastors, and other church leaders, as well as members of the public, to comply with COVID-19 protocols.
Section 11 of the COVID-19 Prevention and Control Act states “a person may attend a funeral except that the funeral shall have a maximum duration not exceeding one hour. The seating arrangement shall allow for a minimum of 6ft (1.83 m) between persons and distance markers must indicate where each person must sit”.
Superintendent Henry was at the time speaking at the February 10 National Emergency Operations Center Press Briefing when he made the call.
“We understand that funerals are a time for mourning the loss of a loved one, and they are necessary, however, the virus does not respect the occasion and persons not taking precautions are at risk”.
The Act further states that “the total number of persons that may be permitted to attend inside of the building is one person for every 30 square feet”.
The venue must be sanitized prior to the service and all attendees entering must sanitize their hands and wear a face mask for the duration of the event.
Persons are encouraged to visit www. police.kn to make an application for permission to host events.