Extreme lines at Gros Islet Bus Stop as strict protocols enforced
Minibus operators are doing their best in averting community spread of the coronavirus, following seven confirmed cases over the past week
This was evident Monday morning, as extremely long lines were seen at lower Darling and Upper Trinity Church Road in Castries, at the Gros Islet Bus Stop.
This, according to the president of the National Council on Public Transportation (NCOPT) Godfrey Ferdinand, is to protect both drivers and passengers against the spread of COVID-19.
Lines stretched as far back as the Anglican Primary School as minibus operators ensured that passengers wore their facemasks and sanitized their hands before boarding the bus.
Following the recent confirmation that a Vieux Fort bus driver tested positive for COVID-19, the NCOPT and the Ministry of Health established strict protocols for the minibus sector in an effort of controlling the virus.
This includes a ten-passenger limit in addition to passengers wearing masks and sanitizing their hands before entering.
“I think the progress is good, I think persons are taking it more serious now that we have more cases, the majority of people are following the protocols and I am hoping that it continues so that we will not have any more community spread,” NCOPT President, Godfrey Ferdinand told Loop News Monday.
"Our concern as a sector is not aiding in the community spread and for us to follow all the necessary protocols that are put in place, so individuals will have to follow the protocols to the ‘T’ to ensure that we do not contaminate or spread this virus more and that we don’t lose any of our operators to this. Thankfully we have not lost anyone in Saint Lucia so we are hoping that persons will adhere and take care of the situation,” said Ferdinand.
Saint Lucia has recorded 36 confirmed cases of COVID-19 to date.