The government of St. Kitts and Nevis has extended the state of emergency in the Federation — including the 24-hour curfew for citizens and residents — as it continues to review and update its measures and protocols geared toward containing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, also known as the Novel Coronavirus, Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris announced in an address to the nation Thursday.
“Today, Thursday, 2 April, 2020, I have asked His Excellency, the Governor General, to make further Emergency Powers (COVID-19) Regulations under the State of Emergency now existing in St. Kitts and Nevis. These Regulations will take effect on Friday morning, the 3 April at 6:01 a.m. when the current Regulations enacted on Tuesday, expire. These new (COVID-19) Regulations will be the Emergency Powers (COVID-19) (No 3) Regulations, SR&O No 10 of 2020, and will run until Thursday, 9 April at 7 p.m. when the Cabinet of Ministers will determine any new action to be taken,” said Prime Minister Harris.
“A curfew remains in place from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday night. On Saturday night, at 7 p.m., a full 24 hour curfew, a total lock-down, is reintroduced until Wednesday morning at 6 a.m. This means a full 24-hour lock-down on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday continuing until Wednesday at 6 a.m.,” The prime minister continued.
Prime Minister Harris said that these regulations are necessary to slow the transmission of the virus from one person to another, including reducing secondary infections among close contacts and health care workers.
“As we interrupt human to human transmission we can be more effective in identifying, isolating and caring for patients. The sooner treatment can start the better for all of us,” Dr. Harris added.
Prime Minister Harris further noted that persons will be allowed to leave their homes Wednesday, April 8 and Thursday, April 9, on a limited basis to purchase any food and medicines required between the hours of 6 a.m. and 7 p.m., while a curfew will be in place for Wednesday night from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday.