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St Lucia lifts state of emergence

Regional 18 Oct, 2021 Follow News

St Lucian residents can move more freely

St Lucia’s Prime Minister Phillip J Pierre ended on Saturday the state of emergency put in place by the last administration to curb the spread of the coronavirus but said that some of the existing protocols would remain until the end of the month.

Pierre said while the science validates the restriction of movement of people has led to a decline in the number of COVID-19 positive cases, however “these restrictions come with great personal challenges”.

‘As we strive to find the right balance between securing some level of normality in our daily lives and fighting the pandemic …the COVID-19 virus looks like it will be with us for the foreseeable future and we must therefore commence the process of living with that reality while taking the necessary measures to avoid a dysfunctional society,” Pierre said in a radio and television broadcast.

He said, however, the restrictions to the opening of business hours where citizens meet for socialising will be maintained to assist in reducing the opportunity for spreading the virus.

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