By Loshaun Dixon
To limit overcrowding at supermarkets in Basseterre the government has announced a plan to divide both St. Kitts and Nevis into two zones for essential shopping on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Prime Minister Dr. Harris said, in a National Address, that there have been concerns that many citizens have been overcrowding the supermarkets and shops and have not always observed the social distancing guidelines.
“There have been reports of individuals being too close to each other in the parking lots of supermarkets and on the sidewalks outside of pharmacies. I want to let you know that the Cabinet has had advice from the National COVID-19 Working Group, which has been discussing this with the Chamber of Industry and Commerce and their food retail members.”
He said starting Wednesday, 8th April and Thursday, 9th April, the Police will introduce and enforce a zoning plan for shoppers.
“On Wednesday, during the hours of 7:00am to 3:00pm, the Partial Curfew will be lifted for those persons in Zone One to purchase essential goods at supermarkets, pharmacies and food retail shops while exercising, of course, the strictest social distancing rules. During Wednesday, there should be no movement to Basseterre except by persons in Zone One. Zone Two will be allowed to travel on Thursday during the hours of 7:00am to 3:00pm while there will be a restriction of movement of Zone One.”
He explained Zone One (East Side) will comprise all those areas east of a line through the center of Fort Street, Basseterre, continuing north through Victoria Road and extending all the way to the Roundabout
Then on the FT Williams Highway at the RLB International Airport just west of Taylors Housing Development. Continuing east along the FT Williams Highway to the Island Main Road and including all those areas traditionally known as the East Basseterre Constituency. Then continuing in a north-easterly direction along the Island Main Road from Conaree and Needs Must and extending all the way to Saddlers and Lavington.
Zone Two (West Side) will comprise all other areas on the island of St. Kitts, from Parsons travelling via Sandy Point to Basseterre and including all other areas in the Basseterre Valley such as St. Peters, Central and West Basseterre but excluding East Basseterre.
On Nevis, Zone Three will comprise the parishes of St. Pauls, St. Thomas and St. James. Persons in these parishes will be allowed to leave their residences on Wednesday, 8th April between the hours of 7:00am to 3:00pm.
Zone Four comprises the parishes of St. John and St. George in Nevis, and persons there will be able to leave their residences on Thursday, 9th April from 7:00am to 3:00pm.
“I urge all residents of villages and settlements in the rural areas to utilize those establishments and village shops in your area and so reduce the congestion in Basseterre and Charlestown. Many of these village shops have the identical items that you are travelling to Basseterre and Charlestown to purchase. This travel is not essential and you are likely exposing yourself and your loved ones to the virus.”
Dr. Harris also indicated that from 7:00pm Thursday the Federation will be under a 24 hour curfew expiring next Thursday.