The two-week mandatory lockdown in Saba, which went into force on Sunday, April 12, has been extended with immediate effect to include essential workers with a pass. All persons must now remain at home daily from 7:00pm to 6:00am, Island Governor Jonathan Johnson said Friday in his daily coronavirus COVID-19 update.
Persons whose jobs require them to be out during the curfew hours are allowed to do such. The Police Force Caribbean Netherlands KPCN has a list of these persons, Saba Government Information Services stated.
Johnson said it had come to his attention that there were still people on the road who should not have been there.
“This has to stop,” he said, as the emergency measures taken by the public entity were imposed for the protection of every resident.
“Unfortunately, a few are not listening, and some are abusing their personal pass by driving up and down more than is needed.”
Therefore, a daily nighttime curfew has been imposed for all residents of Saba, including those with a pass.
The police have been lenient during the first days of the lockdown, by giving warnings to those not adhering to the rules pertaining to the lockdown, but when people keep disregarding the rules fines will be given, the governor warned.
“This is a community effort. If you see something not falling in line with the measures, or which is not an essential service, please call the police,” he said.
The governor stated Friday that the number of positive COVID-19 cases remains at two, with 69 persons quarantined. The number of persons tested was at 44,
of whom 25 tested negative and 17 tests were pending. This may be good news, the governor said, but it does not mean that people should let their guards down. Social distancing, good hygiene and the rules of the lockdown should be maintained.
He urged the clients of supermarkets to be patient, as the delivery of groceries is a new phenomenon on the island. Addressing concerns within the community about safety practices used to carry out deliveries, Johnson said the Health Department has visited the supermarkets and has instructed these businesses on best practices.
He stressed that the island government will keep working with residents and businesses to ensure that essential services can continue. However, he urged residents to delay non-urgent matters until a later time.
The Daily Herald.