The St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) said it is pleased with the turnout of Sunday’s protest march and is hinting at taking legal action following the government’s decision to successfully table the COVID-19 (Prevention & Control) Bill in the Senate last Friday.
The legislation is expected to be passed given the government’s majority and will remain in effect for two years. The SLP feels that they were not properly consulted and the bill was rushed through without adhering to the full democratic process.
The bill will introduce quarantine facilities, social distancing and suspension of liquor licenses as well as COVID-19 protocols and COVID-19 certification for the tourism industry. It also makes reference to travel requirements, and electronic monitoring to track those in quarantine.
“We are examining all our options, including legal action,” Opposition and SLP Leader Philip J Pierre announced ahead of the national protest march that coincided with the end of the State of Emergency.
Hundreds of supporters, some of whom were clad with masks took advantage of a long holiday week end, and travelled from all corners of the island to participate in the protest.