Basseterre, St. Kitts, April 19, 2020 (SKNIS)
New regulations have been published, which provide a gradual opening of business activities, however the basic guidelines are still in place to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, says Superintendent of Police, Cromwell Henry, during the April 18 National Emergency Operations Center (NEOC) COVID-19 Daily Briefing.
“For example, businesses and offices are still encouraged to continue to operate or allow their employees to work remotely from home utilizing virtual means,” he said. “So, if your business has the capability of operating remotely or virtually, you are encouraged to continue doing that. Don’t just open your doors because you can.”
Superintendent Henry stated that “subject to subsection one where a business is able to continue its operations, by its employees practicing social distancing and physical distancing in accordance with the provisions of the regulations it may operate.”
“If your business is able to continue operations by having your employees practicing social distancing, physical distancing in accordance with the provisions, you may operate,” he said.
The superintendent of police said that hair salons and barbershops can operate once they observe certain protocols.
“Those businesses will be permitted to continue provided that the barber or the hair stylist and the client both wear masks,” he said. “Masks are very important in this situation where the customer and the business operator cannot maintain that six feet distance.”
He stated that the other clients who are waiting, however, must maintain the six feet distance.
“You cannot have the barbershop crowded or the hair salon crowded with persons who are waiting,” he said. “You have to minimize the number of persons who are in your salon or barbershop at any one particular time so that the social distancing protocols can be observed.”
According to subsection seven of the Emergency Powers (COVID-19) (No.5) Regulations, “Any establishment that is