from left to right Shovien Coffie, Junior Policy advisor, Omar Ottley, Minister VSA, Tamara Richardson, Senior Policy advisor ,Francetta Schoe, Senior Policy Advisor at VSA Stafburo
PHILIPSBURG--Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labour VSA Omar Ottley held a meeting with club nightlife business owners, beach bar owners, directors and managers from Dutch Sint Maarten.
The purpose of the meeting was to ensure a safe environment for patrons and to avoid COVID clusters within the respective establishment. The minister Ottley wanted parties to understand the seriousness of COVID-19 and to give them time to establish the protocols moving forward.
“I will continue to say, we must work together to get through this pandemic” he stated.
All parties acknowledged and underlined the need for the measures to regulate business operations in a safe and responsible manner, in order to maintain public health
It was agreed upon, that an 11pm curfew will go into effect as of Sunday, August 8th for a period of two (2) weeks. During this time, arrangements can be made to put health management systems in place, via an app and QR codes.
Ottley urged the public to remain cautious and be patient, as he puts the health of the community first by scaling back on the night life hours. “If you have not been vaccinated, please consider doing so for the safety of yourself and your loved ones.”