The National Covid-19 Task Force has given an update on two security breaches that occurred at a resort on Nevis that had been approved to offer guests a “vacation in place” quarantine option. This allows guests who test negative for Covid-19 upon arrival to utilize the services and amenities of the resort without leaving the property.
Member of the National Covid-19 Task Force, Superintendent Cromwell Henry, gave this brief summary of the first breach.
Mr. Henry mentioned the 2nd breach and stated that as a consequence of the strict contact tracing, around 40 persons are now in quarantine.
The eight (8) US nationals were convicted and fined $4000 each.
Superintendent Cromwell Henry.
Below is a press release from the Royal St. Christopher & Nevis Police Force (RSCNPF):
The eight (8) United States of America nationals who were convicted for the offence of Breaching Quarantine Conditions have all paid their fines. On Thursday March 18th, six (6) of them left the Federation. Two (2) remain in a government quarantine facility in Potworks, Nevis and are expected to leave soon.
Asley Loewen, Luke Loewen, Brue DeVoogd, Margaret Flowers, Carrie Freeburg, Kent Freeburg, Jamiyl Shareef, and Matthew Gormly all pleaded guilty to the charge during a virtual hearing with the Charlestown Magistrate Court on Wednesday March 17th. They were each fined $4,000 to be paid forthwith or serve six (6) months in prison.
The visitors were among a group of 88 who were staying at a resort in Nevis. Their condition of stay at the resort was to vacation in place. The COVID-19 (Prevention and Control) Act defines vacation in place as, “quarantine at a hotel or other accommodation with access to an approved package of services in the context of COVID-19”. The breach occurred on March 12th and 13th, when a group of two (2) and a group of six (6) respectively, left the compound to visit establishments offsite.