Superintendent Cromwell Henry at the July 10 NEOC COVID-19 daily briefing.

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — Bar operators on the Frigate Bay Strip were granted permission to close their establishments later than usual since reopening under new regulations due to the COVID-19 Pandemic in St. Kitts and Nevis.

“Following a very lively and productive discussion on July 2, between the Task Force and bar operators on Frigate Bay, I am pleased to report that there was consensus on the way forward with respect to closing times,” said Superintendent Cromwell Henry at the July 10 NEOC COVID-19 daily briefing. “The bar representatives present made a compelling case and it was agreed that they be allowed to close at 11 p.m. on weekends and 10:30 p.m. on weekdays.”

Superintendent Henry said concerns grew over whether or not the new closing times will provide sufficient time to get home before the midnight curfew. He said bar owners stood firmly by the decision and worked to ensure that persons adhered to the closing times.

“I am pleased to report that over the last weekend we have received good cooperation from bar owners and their patrons,” said Henry. “By midnight, all the bars were closed and patrons had left for home. “We look forward to this continued cooperation.

“In case of a lack of adherence to curfew, protocols are in place to safeguard persons from the spread of the virus.
“We are still not totally satisfied with compliance with the wearing of masks in public spaces, particularly at bars and restaurants,” he said.

Henry appealed to citizens and residents to observe safety protocols when in public spaces.

“Life, as we know it, has changed and we will have to adjust to the new normal,” said the superintendent. “We cannot wait until there is an outbreak to begin to adjust our habits, it will be too late then. We have to begin now so that when that time comes, we can mitigate the impact because we were adhering to the protocols that were recommended to prevent the spread,”

Superintendent Henry re-emphasized the importance of wearing a face mask, good hand hygiene and sanitization practices, as well as physical and social distancing, noting that these practices benefit everyone.