Mandatory COVID-19 training begins for tourist-related businesses

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – Mandatory training exercises for bars, restaurants and other tourist-related businesses began today and will continue through August 27. According to Minister of Tourism, the Honourable Lindsay Grant, participating businesses will be certified as being prepared to provide services that are different in the COVID-19 environment.

“All stakeholders are required to attend training, which started on July 22,” Hon. Grant. “They will not be allowed to open if they do not attend and receive certification.

“Businesses, restaurants, bars and other tourism stakeholders that do not attend NEOC training will not be allowed to open,” said the minister. “After the training exercises participants will be certified. Bars and restaurants that don’t have those certifications will not be allowed to open.”

Minister Grant said that the health and well-being of the patrons is of paramount importance.

Week one of the training for bars and restaurants began July 22 through July 24. Week two, from July 27 to 31 will train taxi and tour bus operators and accommodation purveyors. The training will continue until August 27.

The Ministry of Tourism will introduce a travel approved seal. Its objective is to identify businesses and operators that meet the minimum health standards and safety protocols.

“We need to establish a minimum standard to improve visitor confidence,” said Hon. Grant. “We can use the certification as a marketing tool that can be leveraged in the marketplace as a value-added item improving the destination marketability.”

No self isolating / quarantine for travelers from St. Kitts and Nevis to the UK

St. Kitts and Nevis continues to take action against Coronavirus / Covid-19 to protect all the people on our islands. Our policies and prevention are not going unnoticed by the rest of the world either.

Authorities have announced a new list of “travel corridors” where travelers from 59 countries including France, Germany, Italy and Spain and 14 British Overseas Territories will not have to isolate on their own for 14 days on arrival.
The list, which came into force on 10 July, will open foreign travelers to British holidaymakers after four months of lock-up just in time for full travel time, provided there are no restrictions on destinations.
“The government is satisfied that securing these measures in the UK is now safe and introduces travel corridors for some countries and regions,” the UK Department of Transport said on Friday. Said. Statement.
“This applies to all trips to England by train, ferry, bus, air or any other route.”

‘Red list’

The United States is not included in this list of “travel corridors”, which means that its travelers will have to isolate itself for 14 days after entering the UK. This took the European Union’s decision to remove the United States from the list of nations approved for entry earlier this week.
British Transport Minister Grant Shapps said on Friday that the British government is expected to appoint the United States as a “red list” travel destination on concerns that it has a “very high” infection rate.
“Things are under our control here, but we know that [the virus] it’s still getting worse in some parts of the world … I’m afraid there’s a red list, “Shapps told BBC Radio 4.
“The United States banned flights from Britain and Europe from a very early stage, so there is no mutual regulation on site,” he said.
The U.S. has the largest number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the world, with more than 2.7 million confirmed cases and more than 128,000 fatalities. Johns Hopkins University.
More than 52,000 new cases of US viruses were reported on Thursday.
Although arrivals from designated countries will not have to isolate themselves on arrival in the government, the government has confirmed that passengers from the UK must comply with the coronavirus requirements in the country in which they are traveling.
For example, New Zealand is on the UK government list, while Britain requires 14 days in quarantine. Greece on the list banned flights from England until July 15.
For now, the so-called travel corridors will only be valid for the UK, the UK government said that travel information to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be published in a timely manner.

Countries and regions that are part of the “Travel corridor” list:

Andorra, Germany, New Zealand, Antigua and Barbuda, Greece, Norway, Aruba, Greenland, Poland, Australia, Grenada, Réunion, Austria, Guadeloupe, San Marino, Bahamas, Hong Kong, Serbia, Barbados, Hungary, Seychelles, Belgium, Iceland, South Korea, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Jamaica, St Barthélemy, Curaçao, Japan, St Kitts and Nevis, Cyprus, Liechtenstein, St Lucia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, St Pierre and Miquelon, Denmark , Luxembourg, Switzerland, Dominican Republic, Macau, Taiwan, Faroe Islands, Malta, Trinidad and Tobago, Fiji, Mauritius, Turkey, Finland, Monaco, the Vatican, France, the Netherlands, Vietnam, French Polynesia, New Caledonia

http://www.insidewalessport.co.uk/uk-unlocks-travel-with-59-countries-not-with-the-us/

Dry Spell Affecting Water Levels

Water rationing in St. Kitts and Nevis

St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The current dry spell across St. Kitts and Nevis is reportedly having an impact on the water supply across the two islands.

Reports have surfaced that citizens and residents in some areas across St. Kitts have been receiving low water pressure or have seen rationing in some instances.

WINN FM reached out to the Water Manager at the Water Department for a comment on the reports but was however unsuccessful up to news.

WINN FM also reached out to the Water Manager on Nevis for a comment but was also unsuccessful.

It was at one of the National Emergency Operations Center media briefs in April that concerns were first expressed over the low levels of rainfall.

Water Engineer Charles Parris at the time gave an update on the levels in St. Kitts and Nevis during the lockdown period when water usage was elevated due to citizens being at home. He indicated that due to the lack of rainfall the department had voluntarily instituted rationing in Saddlers, Dieppe Bay, and Lodge.

All Confirmed Cases in St. Kitts & Nevis are Recovered

Basseterre, St. Kitts (May 18, 2020) – St. Kitts & Nevis is pleased to announce that, as of today, all 15 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in the Federation have successfully recovered from the virus with 0 deaths. St. Kitts & Nevis was the last country in the Americas to confirm a case of the virus and among the first to report all cases having recovered with no deaths.

“An important milestone was reached today with the recovery of all 15 persons testing positive for COVID-19. This demonstrates the unprecedented achievements by St. Kitts & Nevis and the Caribbean region in containing and controlling the spread of the virus,” said Minister of Tourism the Hon. Lindsay F.P. Grant. “I am gratified that our Federation’s ‘all society approach’ starting with early and aggressive actions, the excellent work of our medical community and the cooperation of all persons in the Federation have brought us to this place. However, at this time we must continue to remain vigilant with our mitigation procedures in place for everyone to remain safe.”

With the advice of the Chief Medical Officer, the Medical Chief of Staff and medical experts St. Kitts initiated a comprehensive operational response including an early and aggressive quarantine, testing and contact tracing program that has proven to be successful. It has been 29 days since the last case was reported. As such, Government has begun to ease restrictions to allow for more economic activity and for citizens to have more exercise time outside their homes.

Federation has succeeded in flattening the curve, however, with the advice of our medical experts, the borders remain closed. Everyone is advised to exercise precautions and adhere to the regulations and measures put in place to ensure the safety and health of all residents and citizens, even as restrictions have begun to be incrementally relaxed in the Federation and around the Caribbean.

Therefore, limited curfews remain in effect as follows:

Limited curfew (relaxed restrictions wherein persons may leave their residence go to work, to shop for essential items but curfews in effect every night):

  • Tuesday, May 19 through Friday, May 22 from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Beaches will be open from 5:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. for swimming and exercising only with the social distancing measures of remaining at least 6 feet apart in full effect with the exception of persons living in the same household.

In addition to reporting that all 15 confirmed positive cases have recovered with 0 deaths, a total of 391 persons have been tested for COVID-19 to date, 15 of whom tested positive with 373 persons tested negative and 3 test results pending. 1 person is currently quarantined in a government facility while 1 person is quarantined at home and 0 persons are in isolation. A total of 813 persons have been released from quarantine. St. Kitts & Nevis has one of the highest testing rates in CARICOM and the Eastern Caribbean and uses only the molecular tests which are the gold standard of testing.

St. Kitts & Nevis’ medical experts further advise that all persons who need to be tested have been tested at this time.

Going forward, we hope everyone, and their families remain safe and healthy.

For more information on COVID-19, please visit www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019, www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html and/or http://carpha.org/What-We-Do/Public-Health/Novel-Coronavirus.

St. Kitts Takes Continued Action Against Covid-19

BASSETERRE (April 26th 2020): As of today, 2 additional persons have recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recovered persons to 4 with 0 deaths. To date, a total of 292 persons have been tested for COVID-19, 15 of whom tested positive with 247 persons tested negative and 30 test results pending. 1 person is currently quarantined in a government facility while 85 persons are currently quarantined at home and 11 persons are in isolation. 661 persons have been released from quarantine. St. Kitts & Nevis has one of the highest testing rates in CARICOM and the Eastern Caribbean and uses only the molecular tests which are the gold standard of testing.

On April 24, the Prime Minister of St. Kitts & Nevis Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris announced that, under the State of Emergency put in place on March 28, 2020 and which Cabinet voted on Friday, April 17 to extend for 6 months, Government introduced another round of Regulations effective from 6:00 a.m. on Saturday April 25, 2020 through 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 9, 2020 to control and combat COVID-19 in the Federation.

He also announced full 24-hour and limited curfews will be in effect as follows:

  • Monday, April 27 from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 28 from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Limited curfew (relaxed restrictions wherein persons may leave their residence to shop for necessities and curfews in effect every night from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.):

  • Wednesday, April 29 all day until Thursday, April 30 at 6:00 a.m. 

Full 24-hour curfew (persons must remain in their residence): Limited curfew (relaxed restrictions wherein persons may leave their residence to shop for necessities and curfews in effect every night from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.):

  • Thursday, April 30 from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 1 from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 
  • Saturday, May 2, Sunday, May 3 and Monday, May 4 all day until Tuesday, May 5 at 6:00 a.m.

Full 24-hour curfew (persons must remain in their residence): Limited curfew (relaxed restrictions wherein persons may leave their residence to shop for necessities and curfews in effect every night from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.):

  • Tuesday, May 5 from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 6 from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 7 from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 8 from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

During the extended State of Emergency and the COVID-19 Regulations made under the Emergency Powers Act, no one is permitted to be away from their residence without special exemption as an essential worker or a pass or permission from the Commissioner of Police during full 24-hour curfew. For a complete listing of essential businesses, click here to read the Emergency Powers (COVID-19) Regulations and refer to section 5. This is part of the Government’s response to contain and control the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The Government continues to act under the advisement of its medical experts in relaxing or lifting restrictions. These medical experts have informed the Government that St. Kitts & Nevis has met the 6 criteria established by the World Health Organization (WHO) for doing so and that all persons who need to be tested have been tested at this time. St. Kitts & Nevis is the last country in the Americas to confirm a case of the virus, has no deaths from it and has now reported 4 recoveries.

At this time we hope everyone, and their families remain safe and healthy.

For more information on COVID-19, please visit www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html and/or http://carpha.org/What-We-Do/Public-Health/Novel-Coronavirus

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Proper Disposing of Cooking Grease

We often send our tenants emails with information for easier living and how to avoid problems in the apartments. Recently we sent out an email regarding proper disposal of disposable wipes. I was happy to hear from tenants that they read it and have taken it to heart. I’ll post that information here a little later as it’s well worth sharing.

Another topic that most people do not realize is a danger to plumbing is throwing oil, fat, cooking refuse and general grease like substances down the kitchen sink.

Cooking fat clogging pipe

Most of the properties we manage have grease traps, but even if the grease is thrown down the sink with boiling hot water, it will usually congeal, harden and start the clogging process before it makes it to the grease traps. Especially in some of our larger buildings where the grease traps may be father away from the kitchen than other properties.

The good news is that there are many easy ways to dispose of or even re-use cooking grease.

Instructions for disposal:

  1. Cool the grease, don’t play with hot grease to avoid burning yourself.
  2. One cool place grease in an old seal-able container (jam, peanut butter, yogurt, etc). Hot grease can cause plastics to melt and glass to shatter.
  3. Seal container and store somewhere safe.
  4. Once the container is full, throw it in the trash.
Re-use bacon fat to cook some divine dishe

Some people re-use bacon grease for cooking. It’s a great way to fry things and adds that bacon flavor to anything you cook, mind the added fat though.

More options for flights coming in to St. Kitts!

Nevis Nice

There are many ways to get to our twin island nation by boat and plane – flights from Antigua, Sint Maarten, Puerto Rico, Miami, Dallas and now more flights from New York!

Travelers getting from New York to St. Kitts are about to have more options than ever before! Both American Airlines and Delta Air Lines will expand service to St. Kitts from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) beginning in May of 2020. This is interesting news because airlines have traditionally slowed down service to St. Kitts during the summer season. In fact, most airlines take a May hiatus for flights to St. Kitts. It is thought that St. Kitts will experience a boost in year-round arrivals if the new routes prove to be successful.

https://news.get.com/two-carriers-expanding-service-jfk-st-kitts/

More flights brings more long term guests to our beautiful paradise and gives our inhabitants more options for seeing loved ones off island as well.

As mentioned, new flights will begin May 2020 through American Airlines and Delta.

What is the difference with an Exclusive Listing Agreement and a Non-Exclusive Listing Agreement?

Listing agreements are not as complicated as you think

When diving into home ownership, you may notice words and terms flying around that you don’t understand. To avoid overwhelming you with the ins and outs of the real estate language, let’s start by talking about the difference between an exclusive and non-exclusive listing.

Exclusive Listing: An exclusive listing arrangement means you are granting your agent with exclusive access to find a buyer for your home. With this type of agreement no other agent will bring potential buyers to your home because only the listing agent is entitled to the commission. After an agreed period of time, you can arrange to work with other agents.

Non-Exclusive Listing: A non-exclusive listing arrangement means your listing will be available to other agents and they will have the opportunity to bring potential buyers to your home. The advantage of this type of arrangement is the exposure of your home. Your listing will be syndicated to various websites including remax-stkitts.com which allows potential buyers and agents to consider your home. Non-exclusive listings are the most common type of agreements in the Real Estate market.

To put it simply: Exclusive Listings will be less work for you, the owner/seller as you only need to deal with one agent. That agent will be coordinating efforts with all other agents and potential buyers. Non-exclusive agreements means that you have to deal with all the agents who are trying to sell your property. Some agents might offer added bonuses for going exclusive with them as well.

Your real estate agent will discuss both options with you to determine the right strategy for your home. Visit remax-stkitts.com to get in touch with a local RE/MAX agent who will be able to walk you through the options to determine which one is right for you!

Sea Mist House for Sale St. Kitts gets a price reduction!

View of the South East Peninsula from Sea Mist House for Sale St. Kitts
View of the South East Peninsula from Sea Mist House for Sale St. Kitts

Sea Mist is a gorgeous house just on the borders of Frigate Bay and Half Moon Bay. It’s high enough on the hills to have an incredible view of the South East Peninsula and the beaches in between, has a pool and a gorgeous gardens.

The owners are eager to sell and have just reduced the price of the house! Take this incredible opportunity to snatch up one hell of a deal!

There’s more information about the property on the listing on our main site.

Interruption of water supply to Frigate Bay

What a week we’re having. Things usually aren’t this bad but even major cities in the developed world have their issues too I suppose.

Please be advised that your water supply has been interrupted by the St. Kitts Water Department, to facilitate an emergency repair of the main pipe located along the Frigate Bay Road. 


 
We anticipate that this work will take several hours for completion.


 
Your patience and understanding will be greatly appreciated.

We’ve heard that the water will return around 1.30pm today.

We’re currently going through a drought right now. The government has made efforts to avoid an entire collapse of the water system including shutting off the water at night and buying water from some of the desalination plants for the hotels. It helps but what we really need is a steady supply of rainfall, preferably not from hurricanes please.

UPDATE BY THE ST KITTS WATER DEPARTMENT

The Water Services Department is presently executing emergency repairs to a 10” diameter water transmission line in the Frigate Bay area.
There will be an interruption to supply for the time that it will take to complete all repair works.
Work will be done in a brisk manner to have the service returned as soon as possible.
We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused.
We do appreciate your usual patience and understanding at this time.
Signed
Water Engineer Planning