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SAINT CHRISTOPHER AND NEVIS STATUTORY RULES AND ORDERS No. 47 of 2020 Emergency Powers (COVID-19) (No. 16) Regulations

November 23 @ 12:01 am - December 31 @ 12:00 am

In exercise of the power conferred by section 5 of the Emergency Powers Act, Cap. 19.02, the Governor-General, makes the following Regulations:

[Published 16th October 2020 – Extra-Ordinary Gazette No. 79 of 2020]

1. Citation and duration.

(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Emergency Powers (COVID-19)
(No. 16) Regulations, 2020.

(2) These Regulations shall come into operation from 12:01 a.m. on Monday 19th October, 2020, and shall expire at midnight on Thursday 31st December, 2020.

 

2. Interpretation.

In these Regulations

“public place” includes an indoor or outdoor area, whether privately or publicly
owned, to which the public has access by right or by invitation, expressed
or implied, whether by payment of money or not, including

(a) shopping centres, supermarkets, pharmacies, banks and utility
departments;

(b) bars, drinking places and restaurants;

(c) hotels;

(d) schools and all other educational institutions;

(e) hospitals, whether publicly or privately operated;

(f) churches or other religious establishments;

(g) public transportation;

(h) community centres;

(i) Government offices;

(j) public markets; and

(k) other places or buildings of all types, accessible to the public;

“second phase of reopening” means the reopening of businesses and enterprises
in accordance with the provisions of these Regulations.

 

3. Work remotely from home.

(1) In an effort to prevent the spread of the Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19, all
businesses and offices may continue their business operations by allowing their employees
to work remotely from home utilizing virtual means.

(2) Senior persons, older persons or persons in the pre-retirement age range and
persons with chronic underlying conditions should be given priority to work remotely
from home.

(3) Subject to sub-regulation (1), where a business is able to continue its operations
by its employees practicing social distancing and physical distancing in accordance with
the provisions of regulation 5, it may operate.

4. Public Service, Statutory Bodies, State-owned Enterprises and Courts.

(1) All persons employed within the public service, a statutory body or a
State-owned enterprise shall work remotely from home, except as may otherwise be directed
by the Secretary to the Cabinet.

(2) Subject to the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court Practice Direction,
No. 5 of 2020 COVID-19 Emergency Measures (3rd Re-issue), the Courts shall remain
accessible, shall adhere to physical distancing protocols and the persons employed therein
shall work remotely from home as far as reasonably practicable.

(3) In this regulation, “Court” includes the Magistrates Courts and the Eastern Caribbean
Supreme Court.

 

 

5. Social distancing and physical distancing protocols.

Any establishment, that is permitted to operate pursuant to the provisions of these
Regulations, shall make the necessary arrangements to facilitate social distancing and
physical distancing and shall

(a) ensure that all customers and staff maintain physical distancing of at least
six feet (6ft.) in or outside of their business, if in a line to enter the business;

(b) determine the total number of persons that may be permitted in the
establishment at any one time by permitting one person for every thirty square
feet of store space;

(c) place distance markers at least six feet apart, indicating where each customer
must stand on a line at a check out point or other line;

(d) place distance markers at least six feet apart on the outside of the establishment,
indicating where customers must stand while waiting to enter the establishment.

 

6. Restriction on social activities.

No person shall host, attend or visit

(a) a private party;

(b) a wedding, subject to regulations 5 and 10;

(c) a banquet, ball or reception;

(d) any other ceremony in any facility or public place;

(e) a funeral, subject to regulations 5 and 10;

(f) a meeting of a fraternal society, private or social club or civic association or
organization;

(g) any public beach, subject to regulations 5 and 11; or

(h) any other type of social event, except with the written permission of the Commissioner of Police.

 

7. Hygiene protocols.

The hygiene protocols that must be followed by businesses and enterprises are set
out under Schedule I.

 

8. Wearing masks outdoors.

(1) Notwithstanding the provisions of the Small Charges Act, Cap. 4.36, a person
shall wear a face mask, covering their nose and mouth, when in a public place, once a
period of emergency is declared in relation to COVID-19.

(2) A person shall not be required to wear a mask:

(a) if he or she is under the age of six years old;

(b) if he or she is between the ages of six and 11 years old and if there is lack of
adult supervision for putting on and taking off the face mask;

(c) if he or she suffers with a disability, cognitive impairment, dementia, asthma,
chronic obstructive lung disease or other similar health condition;

(d) if he or she is within a private space including in a private vehicle.

 

9. Education and religious instruction.

(1) Subject to sub-regulation (3), all public educational places of instruction may
reopen.

(2) Subject to sub-regulation (3), all private educational places of instruction shall
apply to the Ministry of Education for approval of reopening in the form set out in
Schedule II.

(3) All public and private educational places of instruction shall comply with the
minimum standards set out in Schedule II.

(4) Notwithstanding sub-regulations (1), (2), and (3), all public and private
educational places of instruction may require students and teachers to connect virtually
or work remotely from home.

(5) All religious places of instruction or worship may reopen in accordance with the
provisions of these Regulations and any other conditions or directives given by the National
COVID-19 Taskforce and the following persons should be encouraged to connect to
virtual church services from home or may attend a separate early morning service designated
for that purpose

(a) senior persons, persons in the pre-retirement age range or persons over
65 years old;

(b) persons with underlying health conditions;

(c) individuals with disabilities; and

(d) those who might not be able to wear a mask for the duration of the service.

 

10. Weddings and funerals.

(1) Notwithstanding regulation 6, a person may attend a funeral except

(a) the funeral shall have a maximum duration not exceeding one hour;

(b) the seating arrangements shall allow for a minimum of six feet between
persons and distance markers must indicate where each person may sit;

(c) the total number of persons that may be permitted to attend inside of the
building is one person for every thirty square feet; and

(d) all persons shall adhere to social distancing and physical distancing protocols
pursuant to regulation 5.

(2) Notwithstanding regulation 6, a person may attend a wedding except

(a) the wedding shall have a maximum duration not exceeding one hour;

(b) the seating arrangements shall allow for a minimum of six feet between
persons and distance markers must indicate where each person may sit;

(c) the total number of persons that may be permitted to attend inside of the
building is one person for every thirty square feet; and

(d) all persons, except the bride and groom, shall adhere to social distancing
and physical distancing protocols pursuant to regulation 5.

 

11. Public beaches.

A person may visit a public beach

(a) for the purposes of swimming or exercise;

(b) where no more than eight members of the immediate family should be in
close proximity to each other;

(c) where there shall be no picnics, beach parties or other gatherings; and

(d) where all persons shall adhere to social distancing and physical distancing
protocols pursuant to regulation 7.

 

12. Bars and restaurants.

(1) Restaurants and take away food vendors may be opened and may

(a) operate for the purposes of food delivery or food take away services;

(b) offer in-dining and

(i) all persons shall adhere to social distancing and physical distancing
protocols pursuant to regulation 5;

(ii) all persons shall adhere to the hygiene protocols pursuant to regulation 7
and Schedule I;

(iii) no more than eight members of the same household should be in close
proximity to each other;

(iv) no more than two persons, who are not from the same household, shall
be grouped together or share a table;

(v) spacing between tables shall allow for a minimum of six feet between
persons;

(vi) all persons including restaurant staff shall wear a face mask, covering
their nose and mouth in accordance with regulation 8, except when
eating or drinking.

(2) A bar may be opened for the sale of liquor in accordance with the provisions of
the Liquor Licences Act, Cap. 18.21 and

(a) all persons shall adhere to social distancing and physical distancing protocols
pursuant to regulation 5;

(b) all persons shall adhere to the hygiene protocols pursuant to regulation 7
and Schedule I;

(c) no more than eight members of the same household should be in close
proximity to each other;

(d) no more than two persons, who are not from the same household, shall be
grouped together or share a table;

(e) spacing between tables, at the bar or other seating arrangement shall allow
for a minimum of six feet between persons;

(f) all persons shall wear a face mask, covering their nose and mouth in
accordance with regulation 8, except when eating or drinking.

 

13. Sports and training.

(1) A person may attend sports training or practice sessions for amateur or other
recreational sporting events and

(a) all persons shall adhere to the social distancing and physical distancing
protocol, as far as is reasonably practicable;

(b) all persons shall wear a face mask, covering their nose and mouth in
accordance with regulation 8, except during the training or practice exercise;

(c) all persons shall adhere to the hygiene protocols pursuant to regulation 7
and Schedule I;

(d) all training or practice sessions shall be in accordance with any other
conditions or directives given by the National COVID-19 Taskforce and the
Ministry of Sports.

(2) Management teams or clubs within each sport discipline may apply, to the
Ministry of Sports in the form set out in Part II of Schedule III, for permission to host
inter-team or inter-club competitive matches with a maximum of fifty percent spectator
capacity and

(a) the seating arrangements shall allow for a minimum of six feet between
persons and distance markers must indicate where each person may sit;

(b) the total number of persons that may be permitted to attend inside of the
building or stadium is one person for every thirty square feet; and

(c) all persons shall adhere to social distancing and physical distancing protocols
pursuant to regulation 5.

 

14. Restriction on visitation.

No person shall visit or be permitted to visit

(a) any place of quarantine or isolation station;

(b) a patient in a hospital or residential care establishment or facility, including
an elderly nursing home.

 

15. Domestic travel.

No person shall offer for hire or seek to travel on any motor omnibus, any hiring car,
taxi, any passenger ferry or catamaran unless,

(a) all persons wear a mask at all times, pursuant to regulation 15;

(b) windows remain open or partially open depending on the weather conditions;

(c) all persons shall practice good hand hygiene, proper sanitary behaviour

and social distancing protocols, in accordance with regulation 5, 7 and
Schedule I.

 

16. Restriction on international travel.

(1) For the purposes of preventing, controlling and suppressing the spread of the
Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19, with immediate effect

(a) all airports including private airports and fixed-base operations shall be
closed to incoming international flights, except with the prior written
permission of the Air Ports Authorities, in consultation with the Chief
Medical Officer;

(b) all sea ports shall be closed to regional and international seafaring and private
boating, except with the prior written permission of the Ports Authorities,
in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer; and

(c) a visitor shall not be permitted to enter and disembark for any reason,
including transiting through Saint Christopher and Nevis.

(2) The restriction contained in sub-regulation (1) does not apply to

(a) outgoing flights or outgoing ships, as the case may be;

(b) cargo flights or cargo ships, as the case may be;

(c) commercial courier flights;

(d) emergency medical flights;

(e) emergency flights approved by the Air Ports Authorities;

(f) flights carrying any diplomat.

(3) Notwithstanding sub-regulation (2), no crew member will be allowed or granted
shore leave, unless for the purposes of operational difficulties and upon receiving
permission from the Airports Authorities or the Ports Authorities, in consultation with
the Chief Medical Officer.

 

17. Power of National COVID-19 Taskforce and compliance team.

(1) The National COVID-19 Taskforce may

(a) inspect or visit any business or enterprise to ensure compliance with the
provisions of these Regulations;

(b) be consulted to assist businesses and enterprises to comply with the
provisions of these Regulations,

and a person who obstructs any member of the National COVID-19 Taskforce commits an
offence and is liable on summary to a fine under regulation 21.

(2) The compliance team may visit or inspect any businesses, enterprises or any social
event to ensure compliance with the provisions of these regulations and a person who
obstructs any member of the compliance commits an offence and is liable on summary to a
fine under regulation 21.

 

18. Second phase of reopening.

(1) A hotel may apply for approval to reopen during a second phase reopening period.

(2) A hotel that applies to the Ministry of Tourism to reopen during a period of
second phase of reopening, shall comply with the minimum standards set out in
Schedule III Part I.

 

19. Requirement on private medical laboratories.

(1) Notwithstanding the fact that the Caribbean Public Health Agency has not yet
approved any private medical laboratory to do testing for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus
or COVID-19, where a private medical laboratory does such testing on a person and
the result of such testing is a positive result, the private medical laboratory and the
person so tested shall immediately report and forward the results to the Chief Medical
Officer.

(2) Where a private medical laboratory or a person fails to report and forward results
to the Chief Medical Officer in accordance with sub-regulation (1), the owner or operator
of the private medical laboratory or the person, as the case may be, commits an offence
and is liable on summary conviction to a fine under regulation 21.

 

20. Treatment of persons for COVID-19 and Quarantine.

 

(1) Where a person meets the case definition of a suspected case of COVID-19 as
outlined in Schedule IV, the appropriate sample may be taken to facilitate testing for
COVID-19 and it may be processed at a local laboratory or the Caribbean Public Health
Agency laboratory.

(2) Where the result of a test conducted by the Caribbean Public Health Agency
or by a private medical laboratory under regulation 19 shows that a person is suffering
from COVID-19, the Chief Medical Officer may give such directions, as she thinks fit,
for

(a) the restraint, segregation and isolation of that person or any other person
who, by exposure to infection from that person, is likely to suffer from
COVID-19;

(b) the removal of a person referred to in paragraph (a) to a public hospital or a
designated facility; or

(c) the curative treatment of a person referred to in paragraph (a).

(3) The Chief Medical Officer may give a direction under sub-regulation (1) where,
in her discretion, she considers it necessary to do so

(a) for the purposes of preventing or controlling the spread of COVID-19;

(b) in the interests of the person in relation to whom the direction is given; or

(c) in the interests of public health.

(4) Where the Chief Medical Officer gives a direction under sub-regulation (1), the
person in relation to whom the direction is given shall be informed

(a) of the reason for giving the direction;

(b) of the period during which the person is likely to be required to remain at a
public hospital or a designated facility for observation, surveillance or
curative treatment; and

(c) that it is an offence to fail to comply with the direction or to obstruct a
medical practitioner, a nurse, a member of staff at a public hospital or a
designated facility or a member of staff of a public or private ambulance
service from carrying out the direction.

(5) A person who

(a) fails to comply with a direction under sub-regulation (1); or

(b) obstructs a medical practitioner, a nurse, a member of staff at a public
hospital or a designated facility or a member of staff of a public or private
ambulance service from carrying out a direction under sub-regulation (1),
commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine under
regulation 21.

 

21. Penalty.

(1) A person who contravenes or fails to comply with these Regulations shall be
liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding five thousand dollars or a term of
imprisonment not exceeding 6 months or to both and to forfeiture of any goods or money
in respect of which the offence has been committed.

(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1), a police officer may issue a fixed penalty notice
to any person who contravenes the provisions of section 15 in relation to wearing a face
mask in public places, in the form specified in Schedule V.

(3) A fixed penalty notice issued by a police officer in accordance with these
Regulations shall be lawful notice that the person is charged with the commission of an
offence and that a complaint will be made against that person in respect thereof requiring
him or her to either pay the fixed penalty of five hundred dollars within ten business days
or to appear at the court specified in the notice on the day and at the hour stated therein
to answer the said complaint.

(4) Where the person not wearing the mask is under the age of 18 and over the age
of 11 the parent or guardian of that person may be charged with an offence and

(a) the person would be required to provide contact information for the parent
or guardian, if they are not present; and

(b) the person may be taken to the nearest police station and be held there until
released to a parent or guardian.

(5) The police officer shall send to the Magistrate for the magisterial district
in which the offence is alleged to have been committed, a duplicate of the notice,
which duplicate shall be deemed to be a complaint laid before the Magistrate and a
summons issued by the Magistrate for the purposes of the Magistrate’s Code of
Procedure Act.

(6) A notice issued under these Regulations shall be signed by the police officer
and shall specify

(a) the date, time and place of the giving of the notice;

(b) the provision of the Regulations creating the offence alleged and such
particulars of the offence as are required for proceedings under the
Magistrate’s Code of Procedure Act, Cap. 3.17;

(c) the time within which the fixed penalty may be paid in accordance with the
provisions of these Regulations;

(d) the amount of the fixed penalty;

(e) the Clerk of the Magistrate to whom, and the address at or to which the
fixed penalty may be paid;

(f) the address of the Magistrate’s Court at which the person is required to
appear in the event of his or her failure to pay the fixed penalty within the
specified time, and the date and time of such appearance.

(7) Where a notice has been given under these Regulations, the person may pay the
fixed penalty in accordance with the notice.

(8) The time within which the fixed penalty shall be payable shall be ten business
days from the date of the notice, and where payment reaches the Clerk of the Magistrate
after that time, it shall not be receivable and shall be returned to the sender.

(9) Where the fixed penalty is duly paid in accordance with the notice, the
proceedings instituted by the notice shall be discontinued.

(10) Payment of the fixed penalty shall be made to the Clerk of the Magistrate’s
Court District “A” Basseterre or the Clerk of the Magistrate’s Court, District “C”,
Charlestown and shall be dealt with in the same manner as payment of a fine imposed for
an offence under the Magistrate’s Code of Procedure Act.

(11) The fixed penalty notice shall be presented for payment of the fixed penalty.

(12) In any proceedings, a certificate that payment of the fixed penalty was or was
not made to the Clerk of the Magistrate by a date specified in the certificate shall, if the
certificate is signed by the Clerk, be sufficient evidence of the facts stated, unless the
contrary is proved.

(13) Where the fixed penalty is not paid within the time specified in the notice,
proceedings in respect of that offence shall be in accordance with the provisions of the
Magistrate’s Code of Procedure Act.

SCHEDULE I

Hand Washing and Sanitizing Protocol for Good Hygiene

(regulation 7)

The following are the recommended guidelines for hand washing and hand sanitizing to
prevent the spread of the Covid-19 Coronavirus:

1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after
you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
Be sure to scrub the backs of the hands, in between the fingers and under the nails.
Wash your hands before putting on and after removing your mask.

2. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at
least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands including the back of the
hands and in between the fingers and rub them together until they feel dry.

3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

4. A motor omnibus, hiring car or taxi or any passenger ferry must sanitize all door
knobs and hand rests after each trip.

 

SCHEDULE II

Application and Protocol for a period of second phase reopening for privately run
educational places of instruction

(regulation 9)

1. Protocol for privately run educational places of instruction

PHYSICAL DISTANCING

• Physical distancing of at least six feet (6ft) outside of the classroom.

• Distance markers are at six feet (6ft) apart at check point or other line for adults
dropping off or picking up children and signing in and out register.

• Daily routine reflects activities done in small groups.

• Cots, chairs and cribs are arranged at least two feet (2ft) apart.

• Adequate number of learning areas/ workstations.

• Pictures/drawings are posted to indicate the number of children allowed in each
play area.

• Twenty-five (25) square feet per child for preschoolers and forty (40) square feet
per infant are observed indoors.

• Limit large groups. No more than three (3) babies/four-five (4-5) infants/ten (10)
preschool children coming together for activities.

 

MASK

• Face mask must be worn by ALL parents and staff on the compound.

 

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE SCREENING PROTOCOLS

• Sanitising stations available on entry.

• Mandatory temperature checks upon arrival (children and staff).

• A Temperature Record Book is implemented.

• Each centre has a register system implemented recording all in attendance.

 

HYGIENE

• Soap and water or liquid soap is readily available for hand washing throughout
the day (before preparing food, before and after eating, after using the toilet, where
hands are dirty, after sneezing or coughing, before and after wearing gloves, when
arriving or leaving the workplace, after changing tasks, after touching contaminated
surfaces and if in contact with someone displaying any COVID-19 symptoms after
blowing nose and using the bathrooms).

• Hand sanitizers & sanitizing wipes are available throughout the centre.

• Regular cleaning and sanitising is done in the classroom throughout the day. A
written schedule for sanitizing frequently touched surfaces such as chairs, tables,
cots, toys, equipment, tabletops, door handles, handrails is posted.

• COVID-19 related signage and posters are posted.

 

HYGIENE PROTOCOL

• Personalized items are labelled and stored in individual bags (sheets, towels etc.).

• Bathrooms are sanitised and toilets flushed after each use.

• Floors are mopped three (3) times daily (before arrival of children, before naptime
and before closure of centre). A written schedule for cleaning is posted.

• Hand sanitisers and soap are available for staff and children as well but kept out of
reach for children.

• Soap dispensers and paper towels are in bathrooms, kitchen and diaper change
area.

 

FOOD PREPARATION

• Food is stored in clean & covered containers.

• Utensils are adequate and sufficient.

• Utensils are in good condition.

• A written schedule posted showing:

All surfaces to be cleaned.

The frequency of cleaning.

The materials used for cleaning.

The staff responsible for cleaning.

• A written schedule for is posted in the kitchen: wash hands, cleaning and food
preparation.

 

HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOL

• Screening of adults and children are done daily.

• Staff and children who are sick are at home.

• Children or adults are sent home immediately should coughing, sneezing, blowing
of nose or any signs of a cold manifest. An area or room is identified if staff or
child becomes sick.

Close off areas used by the person who is sick.

Clean and disinfect all areas used by the person who is sick.

Once area has been appropriately disinfected, it can be opened for use.

• Staff and parents of children inform Supervisor about any illnesses.

• Paper towels are used to dry hands and must be properly disposed of in bins.

• Cleaning materials are safe for use in classroom and properly stored out of children’s
reach at all times; a cleaning schedule should be posted

• Proper measurement of cleaning agents is observed.

• Garbage bins are covered, emptied and sanitised daily.

• Hand washing is done after using gloves.

• All windows and doors are opened daily and classrooms are properly ventilated.
• Parents and staff are aware of the COVID-19 measures in place for safe reopening
of Early Childhood Centres.

2. Application Form for privately run educational places of instruction

Date:

Date of minimum standards inspection:

Name of school:

Name of Owner:

Name of principal/head teacher:

Address and Contact Information:

Number of teacher and other staff:

Number of classrooms:

Number of students:

Size of classroom:

Documents to be attached:

• Approval of Ministry of Education to operate as a private school

• Certificate of compliance with minimum standards COVID-19

 

SCHEDULE III

Part I

Application and Protocol for a period of second phase reopening for Hotels
(regulation 18)

1. Protocol for Hotel Industry
Sector Requirements
Accommodations 1. General Requirements

a) All Operations must pay special attention to the protection
of the following high-risk individuals:

i. Immune compromised

ii. Over the age of 60

iii. Hypertensive

iv. Diabetic

v. Pre-existing respiratory conditions such as asthma

b) Each accommodation of 50 rooms or more shall have a
full-time nurse on staff and a doctor on call.

c) Each establishment shall identify quarantine and isolation
procedures for guests who may develop a communicable
disease while at their property. These procedures must be
included in the guest welcome package.

d) Each establishment must have an established health and
safety policy that is updated annually before November
that outlines the following:

i. Testing for COVID-19 and the clear assignment of
cost

ii. Quarantine and isolation areas

iii. Name and telephone number of staff nurse

iv. Name and telephone number of on-call doctor

v. Policy and procedures for staff members who become
ill (e.g. contraction of COVID-19) as a proven result
of contact with guests. This policy must be
communicated to all staff members

vi. Staff nutrition program that aims to build the immune
system

e) Employees are required to change out of uniform and
shower prior to departing the property.

f) Employees shall be required to undergo testing for
COVID-19 or any other contagious illness before they are
permitted to work if they displayed symptoms of any of
the mentioned illnesses.

g) All employees must wash hands before and after interacting
with guests. Employees must wash hands frequently
throughout the day. Hands must be washed with soap and
water for a minimum of twenty (20) seconds and should
be dried with a hot air hand dryer or a disposable paper
towel.

h) Hotel Associates must complete training on housekeeping,
hygiene protocols, and COVID-19 awareness training.

2. Front of the House – Front Desk, Lobbies, Public Areas.
E.g. Restrooms

a) Each establishment shall have a hand washing station on
the exterior of their establishment to facilitate the washing
of hands for the public, taxi operators and other service
personnel.

b) All employees shall wash their hands before and after
interacting with the guest.

c) Each chair or sofa of non-fabric surfaces must be wiped
every 30 mins to 1 hour or after use by each guest minimum.
d) Each counter-top shall be wiped every 30 mins to 1 hour
minimum.

e) Hand sanitizer stations will be prominently placed
throughout the accommodation public and employee areas
and entrances.

f) All frequently touched surfaces in public areas such as
elevator buttons and door handles must be disinfected with
hospital grade disinfectants a minimum of every 30 mins
to 1 hour. A checklist must be available to employees to
log times when areas are cleaned. This must be presented
to any inspector under the Authority of the St. Kitts Tourism
Authority or the Ministry of Health.

3. Recreational Areas- e.g. Kids Club, Beach Areas, Pool Side,
Arcade Room

a) All beach chairs must be sanitized before and after use by
each guest.

b) All beach chairs must be sanitized at the beginning of the
day before use by any guest.

c) All toys and surfaces in any play area must be disinfected
prior to opening and every 30 mins to 1 hour. Kid Clubs
should be closed mid-day for thorough cleaning.

d) The number of individuals in any recreational area must
be compliant with the square footage requirement as per
social distancing protocols. E.g. 30 square feet of space
per individual.

e) Beach chairs that are severely worn must be discarded.

f) All furniture that has fabric surfaces must be washed daily.

Where washing is not an option, the fabric must be
disinfected after use by each guest. It is recommended that
accommodations use fabric that is spill proof and that can
be easily wiped.

g) Management of the accommodation shall deny access to
recreation areas to individuals who display any symptoms
of sickness. For e.g. H1N1 or COVID-19.

h) All queues must adhere to the 6 feet social distancing
requirement.

i) All entertainers must wash their hands before and after
each performance. There shall be no touching of guests
during performances. A face shield that does not detract
from the performance may be worn during the performance
as Personal Protective Equipment. (PPE)

4. Food and Beverage

a) Self-serve buffets or bar areas shall not be permitted.

b) Utensils and crockery shall not be left open in the public.

c) All utensils and crockery used to prepare food must be
properly sanitised.

d) All employees engaged in the preparation of food must
wear a hair covering.

e) Male employees engaged in the preparation and service of
food service shall not have facial hair.

f) Employees engaged in food preparation and service must
practice strict sanitation and hygiene practices. Hands must
be washed for 20 seconds minimum or sanitized before
and after preparation of each meal in the case of the kitchen
team and after serving each customer.

g) Food shall be prepared using the highest level of sanitation
and hygiene to prevent contamination.

h) All kitchen counters must remain clean and shall be
disinfected every hour.

i) The quality cuisine, service, accommodation, and amenities
should meet international standards. Each accommodation
offering food and beverage should always seek to maintain
quality service.

j) Enhanced food safety and hygiene protocols for
restaurants, room service, and group meetings, and events
must be implemented.

k) Social distancing protocols shall be implemented in public
areas across hotel properties. Guests and employees must
adhere to the six (6) feet minimum distance. Social
distancing markers should be placed in all public areas
which include but are not limited to Lobby areas and
waiting areas for food and beverage areas.

5. Back of the House: e.g. Housekeeping, Administrative
Offices

a) Establishments shall use cleaning and disinfecting
protocols to clean rooms after guests depart and before
the next guest arrives, with attention to high-touch items
e.g. door handles and lamps.

b) Glasses in the guest room must be changed twice daily
and sanitized using heat.

c) Employees working in the administrative and sales offices
shall wash their hands before returning to their desk after
each interaction with the public.

d) Employees shall not share workspaces.

e) The number of employees in a workspace shall be
compliant to the 30 square foot of space per employee
regulations or as per protocols established by the Ministry
of Health.

2. Application Form for Hotel second phase reopening

Date:

Date of minimum standards inspection:

Name of Hotel:

Name of Owner:

Name of General Manager:

Address and Contact Information:

Number of staff members:

Number of rooms:

Documents to be attached:

• Valid business licence

• Certificate of compliance with minimum standards COVID-19

Part II

(regulation 13)

Application Form for Practice or other Matches in-keeping with
Emergency Powers Regulations

Date:

Management Team / CLUB:

Reason for application:

Proposed date of practice match:

Participating Teams / Clubs:

Number of players:

Number of supporting staff:

Number of spectators (if application is for an event with spectators):

Proposed health measures:

 

SCHEDULE IV

(regulation 20)

Treatment of persons for COVID-19 and Quarantine

1. Taking Swab

Pursuant to regulation 20, where a person meets the case definition of a suspected case of
COVID-19, the appropriate sample (oropharyngeal of nasopharyngeal swab) will be taken
to facilitate the molecular, Real –Time Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction –
(RT-PCR) test for COVID-19 which will be processed at the local laboratory or the
Caribbean Public Health Agency laboratory ( CARPHA).

2. National surveillance case definitions for COVID-19
Health personnel should report confirmed, suspected and probable cases of COVID-19
nationally to the National Epidemiologist, Health Information Unit, MOH and the Chief
Medical Officer within 24 hours of their own notification.

3. Suspected case

A person with symptoms that include two or more of:

• Fever (signs of fever)

• Cough (new or exacerbated chronic)

• Sore throat

• Runny nose

• Headache

And

• Meets the exposure criteria

Or

• Had close contact with a probable case of COVID-19

4. Probable

A person (who has had a laboratory test):

• with fever (over 38 degrees Celsius) or new onset of (or exacerbation of chronic)
cough

And

• who meets the COVID-19 exposure criteria and in whom a laboratory diagnosis
of COVID-19 is inconclusive (indeterminate test).

Or

A person (who has not had a laboratory test):

• With fever (over 38 degrees Celsius) or new onset of (or exacerbation of chronic)
cough,

And

o Close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19,

Or

o Lived in or worked in a closed facility known to be experiencing an
outbreak of COVID-19 (e.g., long-term care facility, prison)

5. Confirmed

A person with laboratory confirmation of infection with the virus that causes COVID-19
performed at a community, hospital or reference laboratory

6. Exposure criteria

In the 14 days before onset of illness, a person who:

• Traveled to an affected area (including hotspots outside the Federation)

Or

• Had close contact with a person with acute respiratory illness who traveled to an
affected area within 14 days prior to their onset of illness

Or

• Participated in a mass gathering identified as a source of exposure (e.g., conference)

Or

• Had laboratory exposure to biological material (e.g. primary clinical specimens,
virus culture isolates) known to contain COVID-19.

 

SCHEDULE V

(regulation 21)
FIXED PENALTY NOTICE (TICKET)
SAINT CHRISTOPHER AND NEVIS POLICE FORCE
SCHEDULE V OF THE EMERGENCY POWERS (COVID-19) (NO. 16)
REGULATIONS
TAKE NOTICE that………………………………was seen in/at ………………………
(Name of Person)* (location)
On the ..……….. day of…………………….., 20.…, without a mask, contrary to the
provisions of Regulation 21 of the Emergency Powers (COVID-19) (No. 16) Regulations,
made pursuant to section 5 of the Emergency Powers Act, Cap. 19.02 of the Laws of the
Federation
Fixed Penalty $500.00
Name and Rank of Officer ………………………………….
Signature of Officer ……………………………………
Force Number ……………………………………
Payment ……………………………………
If within 10 business days from the date of this notice the fixed penalty is paid to the
Clerk of the Magistrate’s Court District “A”/“C”, the person’s liability to conviction
of the alleged offence shall be discharged and the police will not prosecute. If not
paid, the person shall appear at the Magistrate’s Court District “A”/ “C”
……………………….……… at 9 a.m. on the …… day of ……………………, 20……
Basseterre/Charlestown
*Please note that if the person without the mask is between the ages of 11 and 18, the
parent or guardian of the minor shall be issued with this Notice

Made this 16th day of October, 2020.

SIR S. W. TAPLEY SEATON
GCMG, CVO, QC, JP, LL.D
Governor-General

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