Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Authorities in Saint Lucia to lift COVID-19-related nightly curfew and ease business and travel restrictions July 10.

  • Alert Begins: 08 Jul 2020 05:34 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 10 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: Restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinitely
  • Impact: Significant transport disruptions; lingering business disruptions

Authorities in Saint Lucia are continuing to ease restrictions that have been implemented as part of the island country's efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. As of July 10, Saint Lucia's nightly curfew will be lifted. Moreover, under the new directives, sporting tournaments and contact sporting events will be allowed, but attendance will be restricted to 200 spectators. Additionally,cinemaswill be allowed to reopen with restrictions in place. The government requires that individuals use protective face coverings in public places.

International flights have been allowed in Saint Lucia since June 4. Nevertheless, flight options remain limited. Travelers must test negative for COVID-19 no more than 48 hours before the departure of their flight. Travelers arriving from locations within the so-called "Caribbean Travel Bubble" are exempt from COVID-19 testing. Locations within the Travel Bubble include: Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Anguilla, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Curacao, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Martin, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turks and Caicos. Regardless, all travelers must submit a Pre-Arrival Travel Registration Form providing all contact and travel history information.

Authorities will ease restrictions on private yacht travel from July 10. People traveling by sea from any Caribbean nation will be allowed to enter Saint Lucia. The mandatory quarantine will no longer be required for travelers who have spent at least 14 days in another Caribbean nation before returning to Saint Lucia. Such individuals will undergo temperature checks upon arrival.

The government plans to ease further restrictions in August, though no details have as yet been released. Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.

Background and Analysis
The restrictions adopted by Saint Lucia are similar to actions taken by governments globally in response to the spread of COVID-19. On March 11, the WHO declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. Saint Lucia's decision to reopen the economy follows reports that, as of May 18, all confirmed cases of COVID-19 had fully recovered. Should the number of COVID-19 cases increase, restrictions may be reapplied. Conversely, a continued low number of cases may result in a further relaxation of restrictions.

Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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