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What Does This Partial Lockdown Mean for Businesses?

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by Kevon Browne

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): According to the current Statutory Rules and Operations (SRO); businesses and offices that can facilitate virtual operations can continue their business operations with employees working remotely from home.

However, all businesses that cannot facilitate online operations and provide in-person services, such as barbershops, salons, spas, and even tyre repair shops, shall remain closed, according to Police Superintendent Cromwell Henry.

Henry was at the time answering a question posed to clarify if a tyre repair shop is considered an essential service, during a media briefing hosted by the National Emergency Operations Center on June 12.

On the topic of non-essential services, a question was asked about selling food at the Basseterre Ferry Terminal over the next 14 days (June 12 -26).

Henry said those activities are not allowed.

The SRO states that all street vendors except within the confines of controlled spaces within the public markets where records for contact tracing would be kept with proper physical distancing and hygiene protocols.

This suggests the sale of raw produce and not prepared foods.

During this lockdown, there will be no in-dining at restaurants, bars, or food trucks.

They are however allowed to offer take-away, or food delivery services.

Street vendors who sell food are prohibited from doing so over the next two weeks.

All gaming establishments (Casinos, etc.) will remain closed.

Bakeries, supermarkets, pharmacies, private medical facilities, approved hotels or quarantine facilities, and banks, with approval by the Commissioner of Police, in writing, shall operate where employees can practice physical distancing and hygiene protocols.

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