St Kitts PM: Don't get complacent like T&T, Barbados
Photo courtesy Saint Kitts and Nevis Information Service
St Kitts and Nevis' Prime Minister, Dr Timothy Harris is warning his citizens not to 'get complacent like T&T and Barbados' in their fight against COVID-19.
With the date for the full reopening of St Kitts and Nevis' borders to visitors and returning nationals drawing closer, he said residents should prepare for a dramatic increase in returning nationals and visitors in November and December.
During Tuesday's edition of Leadership Matters, Prime Minister Harris said: "I say significant because with our borders closed the arrival and departure numbers are very small. These numbers will definitely climb as the number of flights in and out increases."
The borders were ordered closed on March 25 to minimise the risk of increased cases of COVID-19.
Prime Minister Harris said it is likely that new infections of COVID-19 will come with the opening of the country's borders but stated that the protocols and guidelines implemented by the Government are intended to minimise that risk and to keep people safe.
“The lesson from Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, Trinidad and Tobago and indeed everywhere, particularly Europe, is that we should never become complacent in our efforts to contain the COVID-19 disease. The best way to do so is to comply with the health protocols.”
The Government of St Kitts and Nevis, through the Ministries of Health and Tourism, has been putting a number of additional measures and protocols in place ahead of the borders being reopened, particularly at the Robert L Bradshaw International Airport.
These include making upgrades to the Welcome Centre on the ramp in front of the arrivals area, converting the VIP Lounge into the medical screening area and constructing sneeze guards on the counters.