Wednesday 15 July, 2020

Govt taking precautions to avoid another shutdown if COVID surges

Commerce Minister Hon Bradley Felix

Commerce Minister Hon Bradley Felix

As life begins to somewhat normalize, business owners across the island have welcomed the gradual reopening of the economy after remaining closed for the past three months.

Even as the COVID dust settles, the Government of Saint Lucia continues to monitor the virus in the event that a second wave emerges. 

Commerce Minister, Bradley Felix has revealed that the government will continue consultations with stakeholders to implement measures should the need arise.

“We are scheduled to have various consultations with various stakeholders. We recognize that any additional cases that come with a bang will cause significant concerns and as a country, we think it would be extremely delicate to close down the economy again so we have to take every precaution to ensure that we are on top of that one.”

According to the minister, while some people would like to see the borders remain closed, there are also persons who think the borders should be opened, so he is hoping for the best moving forward.

St Lucia's air travel borders were opened on June 4, 2020, but commercial flights are expected to resume earliest in July due to issues with protocols for testing incoming persons.

Saint Lucia has recorded 19 COVID-19 cases in total, 18 of which have recovered with no deaths.

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