SAINT CHRISTOPHER AND NEVIS
STATUTORY RULES AND ORDERS No. 30 of 2021
Emergency Powers (COVID-19) (No. 4) Regulations, 2021
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 9th July 2021 – Extra-Ordinary Gazette No. 42 of 2021]
Part I Preliminary
1. Citation and duration.
(2) TheseRegulationsshallcomeintoforcefrom5:01a.m.onMonday12thJuly,2021 and shall expire at 5:00 a.m. on Monday 26th July, 2021.
In these Regulations,
“Court” includes the Magistrates’ Courts and the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court;
“COVID-19 (Prevention and Control) Act” means the COVID-19 (Prevention and Control) Act, No. 16 of 2020;
“COVID-19” means the COVID-19 novel coronavirus (2019-n CoV);
“night curfew” means a period of curfew with a duration from 9:01 p.m. of one day until 5:00 a.m. of the following day.
Emergency Measures for the Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis
3. Night Curfew.
(1) Aperiodofnightcurfewisimposedeverydayfrom9:01p.m.ofeachdayuntil 5:00 a.m. of the following day, commencing on 9:01 p.m. on Monday 12th July, 2021 and ending at 5:00 a.m. on Monday 26th July, 2021.
(2) Subject to sub-regulations (3), (4) and (5), in an effort to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 during a period of night curfew, every person shall remain confined to his or her place of residence, inclusive of his or her yard space, to avoid contact outside of the family, except
- (a) essential workers, who are required to report to work under sub-regulation (4); or
- (b) foressentialtravelformedicalemergencies;
provided that such persons shall ensure at all times to distance themselves at least six feet from any other person.
(3) Notwithstanding sub-regulation (2), a person, other than an essential worker, who is required to move from his or her home during the period of night curfew, shall first obtain the approval of the Commissioner of Police to do so.
(4) ForthepurposesoftheseRegulations,an“essentialworker”includesessential officers of
- (a) theRoyalSaintChristopherandNevisPoliceForce;
- (b) theSaintChristopherandNevisDefenceForce;
- (c) theFireandRescueServicesDepartment;
- (d) NationalEmergencyManagementAgencyandNevisDisasterManagement Department, the National Emergency Operating Centre, the Health Emergency Operating Centre and any other Disaster Management Services;
- (e) theprisons,correctionalfacilities,orothersimilarestablishments;
- (f) any hospital, health care or medical facility;
- (g) theCustomsDepartment;
- (h) theImmigrationDepartment;
- (i) the Air and Sea Ports Authorities;
- (j) the essential media personnel of a Media House;
- (k) the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Attorney General’s Chambers, Members of Parliament, the Secretary to the Cabinet;
- (l) the emergency technical personnel of any water, electricity or other sector encompassing the provision of electronic communications including print and electronic media;
- (m) the Government Printery;
- (n) approvedhotelsorapprovedquarantinefacilities;
- (o) approvedCOVID-19taxioperators;and
- (p) approvedCOVID-19ferryoperators.
(5) Allessentialworkersshallatalltimescarrypersonalidentificationorofficial work identification where possible.
(6) Allbusinessesandenterprisesshalloperateinsuchamannerastoensurethat opening and closing hours allow sufficient time for all personnel to adhere to the hours set for night curfew.
4. Resumption of Work.
and offices may resume their business operations.
(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) Subjecttosub-regulation(1),whereabusinessisunabletoresumeitsoperations by its employees practicing social distancing and physical distancing in accordance with the provisions of regulation 6, it shall allow its employees to work remotely from home utilizing virtual means.
5. Public Service, Statutory Bodies, State-owned Enterprises and Courts. Subject to regulations 6 and 13, all persons employed within the public service, the
Courts, a statutory body, or a State-owned enterprise shall resume work.
6. 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 (6 ft.) 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) placedistancemarkersatleastsixfeetapart,indicatingwhereeachcustomer 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.
7. Education and religious instruction.
(1) Alleducationalplacesofinstructionincludingpre-schools,nurseries,daycare centres or other early childhood education facilities, may apply to and operate in accordance with the directives of the Ministry of Education, subject to the provisions of regulations 6 and 13 and where applicable shall apply to the Early Childhood Development Unit.
(2) Allreligiousplacesofinstructionorworshipmayreopeninaccordancewiththe provisions of regulations 6 and 13 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) personswithunderlyinghealthconditions;
- (c) individualswithdisabilities;and
- (d) thosewhomightnotbeabletowearamaskforthedurationoftheservice.
(3) Sub-regulations (1) and (2) do not prohibit any activity referred to therein by electronic or virtual means.
8. No Mass Gathering.
Notwithstanding the provisions of the COVID-19 (Prevention and Control) Act, there
shall be no mass events for the duration of these Regulations.
9. Limited Social Activities.
No person shall host, attend or visit
(c) (d) (e) (f) (g)
(h) (i) (j)
arecreationalorsportingeventorothertypesofpublicentertainment,subject to regulation 15;
a funeral, subject to regulation 10 (2);
any bars or rum shops, subject to regulation 10(5); or any other type of social event;
Mass Events Protocol and compliance with the provisions of regulations 6 and 13.
the written permission of the Commissioner of Police, the provisions of the
(1) Notwithstanding regulation 9, a person may attend a wedding and all persons, except the bride and groom, shall adhere to safety protocols and social distancing and physical distancing protocols pursuant to regulations 6 and 13.
(2) Notwithstandingregulation9,apersonmayattendafuneralandallpersonsshall adhere to safety protocols and social distancing and physical distancing protocols pursuant to regulations 6 and 13.
(3) Notwithstandingregulation9,apersonmayvisitapublicbeach (a) forthepurposesofswimmingorexercise;
- (b) wherethereshallbenopicnics,beachpartiesorothergatherings;and
- (c) whereallpersonsshalladheretosafetyprotocolsandsocialdistancingand physical distancing protocols pursuant to regulations 6 and 13.
- (4) Restaurantsandtakeawayfoodvendorsmayoperate
- (a) forthepurposesoffooddeliveryorfoodtakeawayservices;
- (b) forin-diningand
- (i) all persons shall adhere to the social distancing and physical distancing protocols pursuant to regulation 6;
- (ii) allpersonsshalladheretothehygieneprotocolpursuanttoregulation13;
- (iii) spacing between tables shall allow for a minimum of six feet;
- (iv) all persons including restaurant staff shall wear a face mask, covering their nose and mouth in accordance with regulation 13, except when eating or drinking.
- (5) Abarmaybeopenedforthesaleofliquorinaccordancewiththeprovisionsof
the Liquor Licences Act, Cap. 18.21 and
- (a) all persons shall adhere to the social distancing and physical distancing protocols pursuant to regulation 6;
- (b) allpersonsshalladheretothehygieneprotocolpursuanttoregulation13;
- (c) spacingbetweentablesshallallowforaminimumofsixfeetbetweenpersons;
- (d) allpersonsincludingstaffshallwearafacemask,coveringtheirnoseand mouth in accordance with regulation 13, except when eating or drinking.
(6) Salonsandbarbers’shopsmaybeopenedandnomorethantwopersonsshallbe allowed to remain in the waiting area and
- (a) all persons shall adhere to the social distancing and physical distancing protocols pursuant to regulation 6;
- (b) all persons shall adhere to the hygiene protocol pursuant to regulation 13 except if their treatment requires the removal of a face mask.
- (a) anaccuraterecordofallpersonsvisitingthemarketshallbekept,including their names, addresses and telephone numbers;
- (b) allpersonsshalladheretosocialdistancingandphysicaldistancingprotocols pursuant to regulation 6; and
- (c) allpersonsshalladheretothehygieneprotocolspursuanttoregulation13.
(1) Nopersonshallofferforhireorseektotravelonanymotoromnibus,anyhiring car or taxi or any passenger ferry unless,
- (a) thereisnotmorethanseventyfivepercentofthefullpassengercapacity abroad any hiring car or taxi or any passenger ferry and no more than ten passengers aboard any motor omnibus;
- (b) allpersonswearamaskatalltimes,pursuanttoregulation13;
- (c) windowsremainopenorpartiallyopendependingontheweatherconditions;
- (d) allpersonsshallpracticegoodhandhygiene,propersanitarybehaviourand social distancing protocols.
(2) The Saint Christopher and Nevis Police Force and the Saint Christopher and Nevis Defence Force shall have powers to stop any vehicle and inquire as to the purposes for which that vehicle is being utilized, and may arrest anyone found in violation of this regulation.
“vehicle” includes a motor vehicle or motorbike;
“motor omnibus”, “motor vehicle for hire or reward” and “taxi” have the meanings assigned under the Vehicles and Road Traffic Act, Chapter 15.06.
No person shall visit or be permitted to visit
- (a) anyplaceofquarantineorisolationstation;
- (b) apatientinahospitalorresidentialcareestablishmentorfacility,including an elderly nursing home;
- (c) adetaineeinprison.
(Prevention and Control) Act, social distancing, physical distancing and hygiene protocols.
(2) Apersonshallwearafacemaskcoveringhisorhernoseandmouthwhenindoors or outdoors in a public place.
(1) Subject to the applicable Travel Protocols established pursuant to the COVID-19 (Prevention and Control) Act, all travellers shall be required to submit official proof of a negative RT-PCR test taken 72 hours prior to entry into Saint Christopher and Nevis.
(2) Subject to the applicable Travel Protocols established pursuant to the COVID-19 (Prevention and Control) Act, all travellers shall be required to submit official proof of their vaccination status against the COVID-19 virus, prior to entry into Saint Christopher and Nevis.
(3) Pursuanttosub-regulation(2),anon-residenttravellershallberequiredtoproduce proof of full vaccination upon arrival in order to enter Saint Christopher and Nevis.
(4) AllcitizensandresidentsofSaintChristopherandNevisshallbepermittedentry irrespective of their vaccination status.
(5) NotwithstandingtheprovisionsoftheCOVID-19(PreventionandControl)Act, all arriving travellers who are fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus
- (a) shallremaininagovernmentquarantinefacilityforaperiodofthreedays and be tested for the COVID-19 virus on day 4; or
- (b) may remain in quarantine at a private residence certified by the National COVID-19 Taskforce, with the written permission of the CMO in consultation with the Commissioner of Police and shall pay for private security services for the duration of that quarantine period; and
- (c) shallonlybereleasedfromquarantineuponreceivinganegativePCRtest.
(6) Allpersonswhoarenotfullyvaccinatedshallremaininquarantineforatleast 14 days in a government quarantine facility and shall only be released in accordance with the provisions of the COVID-19 (Prevention and Control) Act except children under 18 who are travelling with their fully vaccinated parents and who will be subject to the same quarantine time as their parents.
(1) NotwithstandingtheprovisionsoftheCOVID-19(PreventionandControlAct), a person may attend sports training or practice sessions for amateur or other recreational sporting events and, in accordance with regulation 13,
- (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, except during the training or practice exercise;
- (c) allpersonsshalladheretothehygieneprotocols;
- (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) Subjecttosub-regulation(3),managementofteamsorclubswithineachsport discipline may apply to the Ministry of Sports in the form set out in Part II of Schedule III of the COVID-19 (Prevention and Control) Act, for permission to host inter-team or inter- club competitive matches.
(3) NotwithstandingtheprovisionsoftheCOVID-19(PreventionandControl)Act, a fully vaccinated person may attend amateur, competitive or other recreational sporting events and
(a) all spectators shall be required to produce proof of full vaccination, by presenting the COVID-19 vaccination record card or other valid proof of vaccination authorized by the Ministry of Health, before entry into the sporting event;
- (b) themanageroftheeventshallensurethatamaximumcapacityoffiftyper cent is maintained inside the building or stadium;
- (c) themanageroftheeventshallensurethatanaccuraterecordofallpersonsin attendance at the event is kept, including their names, addresses, telephone numbers and patient number on the COVID-19 vaccination record card;
- (d) the seating arrangements shall allow for a minimum of six feet between persons anddistancemarkersshallindicatewhereeachpersonmaysit;
- (e) allpersonsshalladheretosocialdistancingandphysicaldistancingprotocols pursuant to regulation 6; and
all persons shall adhere to the hygiene protocols pursuant to regulation 13.
(4) Notwithstandingsub-regulation3,theofficialsandplayersapprovedbytheChief Medical Officer in consultation with
may attend amateur, competitive or other sporting events.
Subject to the provisions of section 22 of the COVID-19 (Prevention and Control) Act, 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.
Made this 9th day of July, 2021.
GOVERNMENT PRINTERY STKITTS WI
SIR S. W. TAPLEY SEATON GCMG, CVO, QC, JP, LLD Govenor-General