Friday 5 June, 2020

State of Emergency in St Lucia to be extended until September 30

Prime Minister Hon. Allen Chastanet

Prime Minister Hon. Allen Chastanet

The State of Emergency in St Lucia will be extended until September 30.

The Order Paper for the upcoming sitting of Parliament on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, contains the following relevant section:

"By the Honourable Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation, External Affairs and the Public Service:

1. BE IT RESOLVED that Parliament further extend for an additional period commencing from the 1st day of June, 2020 and ending the 30th September, 2020, in accordance with section 17 (6) of the Constitution of Saint Lucia, Cap. 1.01, the Constitution of Saint Lucia – extension of Resolution of Parliament Approving Declaration of State of Emergency passed as Statutory Instrument, No. 60 of 2020 that extended the State of Emergency for an additional period commencing from the 27th day of April, 2020 and ending on the 31st day of May, 2020."

The current State of Emergency would have expired after May 31. Prime Minister Allen Chastanet will provide a full report and justification for the extension before parliament.

St Lucia has seen all its COVID-19 patients recover with no deaths recorded. 

The nation is approaching reopening in phases and is set to open back borders on June 4, 2020, welcoming international flights at Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) from the United States only.

To ensure the safety of visitors and Saint Lucians, new protocols will be implemented and will span from the hotel booking process to the airport arrival and hotel experience in Saint Lucia. Protocols include:

  • Visitors are required to present certified proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of boarding their flight 
  • Upon arrival in Saint Lucia, all travelers must continue the use of face masks and physical distancing
  • Travelers will be subject to screening and temperature checks by port health authorities
  • Protocols are being established for taxis, to provide safety precautions and separate the driver from guests as an added security measure
  • Health and safety protocols will be reinforced through the use of signage that includes QR codes which take travelers to a landing page for more information.

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