St. Kitts-Nevis Hotels Preparing To Welcome Back Guests

Basseterre, St. Kitts, September 02, 2020 (SKNIS): The full reopening of the hotel sector in St. Kitts and Nevis is expected to come within the next few weeks. Prime Minister Dr the Honourable Timothy Harris is urging hotels to be diligent in their preparations so as to limit any spread of COVID-19.

Hoteliers and other stakeholders in the tourism industry are currently participating in training organized by the Ministry of Tourism. The mandatory sessions are designed to sensitize stakeholders on the minimum health and safety COVID-19 protocols.

Additionally, regulation 18 of the COVID-19 Emergency Powers outlines the conditions where a hotel may apply for approval to return to operations during a second phase reopening. Schedule III Part I of regulation 18, gives a comprehensive breakdown of the protocol for the hotel industry.

“All hotel employees should make themselves familiar with the new rules,” Prime Minister Harris stated on the September 01 edition of the Leadership Matters Virtual Forum Series. “I urge hotel operators to begin the preparations for an October opening, making the necessary physical and other adjustments in advance, and to test their systems and their ability to respond appropriately.”

The guidelines are published in the Statutory Rules and Orders No. 39 of 2020. A copy of the SR&O can be accessed online via the resource centre at www.covid19.gov.kn.

St. Kitts and Nevis unaffected by Tropical Storm Laura

The storm passed relatively quietly aside from some much needed rain and a bit of wind in the early morning Sunday.

From ZIZOnline

Basseterre, St. Kitts, August 22, 2020 (St Kitts Tourism Authority): St. Kitts and Nevis are pleased to report that both islands did not sustain any injuries to persons or loss of life as a result of the passage of Tropical Storm Laura.

As a safety precaution, all Government offices were closed at 1:00pm yesterday, August 21, 2020. As of 11:00 p.m. August 21, 2020, the tropical storm warning for the Federation was discontinued.

Some showers and thunderstorms are possible throughout the morning, but conditions will gradually improve throughout the day. Residents have been notified to continue to exercise caution in areas prone to flash-flooding, landslides, street-flooding or rock falls. Currently, a small craft warning remains in effect due to rough sea conditions.

There were no disruptions to power, water services or phone/cable/internet/wi-fi services.

As of 6:00 a.m. August 22, 2020, the National Emergency Management Operations issued the “All Clear” notice.

St. Kitts’ Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport (SKB), Port Zante, and marinas have been closed to international commercial traffic since the closure of the Federation’s borders on March 25, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was more or less a welcome day with nice cool weather – some wind and rain and most importantly a reason to take it easy, curl up on a couch with someone for some movies.

St. Kitts & Nevis to Re-Open Borders in October 2020

In conjunction with borders reopening, the Prime Minister announced that the Federation’s major hotels remain committed partners to the tourism sector. The St. Kitts Marriott Resort and Park Hyatt St. Kitts will reopen in October 2020. The Park Hyatt’s Fisherman’s Village reopened last week Friday, August 7, 2020. Koi, a Curio Collection by Hilton hotel, will reopen in the fourth quarter of 2020. The Royal St. Kitts Hotel is currently operating with reduced capacity. The Four Seasons Resort Nevis will soon announce reopening plans.

In preparation for the borders reopening, the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, the Nevis Tourism Authority and the Ministry of Tourism in conjunction with the Ministries of Health and Civil Aviation are conducting training for over 5,000 tourism industry stakeholders including hotels at no cost to them. The training aims to educate stakeholders in the health and safety protocols and standards that must be met in order to obtain the “Travel Approved” certification and seal from the respective Tourism Authority that will be required for them to operate.

The phased reopening is being implemented with the advisement of the Chief Medical Officer, the Medical Chief of Staff and medical experts. At their advice, the Federation has successfully flattened the curve. St. Kitts & Nevis has the fewest number of confirmed cases in all the CARICOM independent states at a total of 17 with 0 active cases at this time and 0 deaths to date. This is a direct result of the Federation’s “all society approach” and adherence to established protocols including social distancing, hand washing and mask-wearing that remain in place.

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/

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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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.

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

SKELEC – Schedule Outage Notice to Relieve load

Received earlier from the St. Kitts Electric Company. Please take note and ready yourselves for any issues that may arise.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SKELEC, Basseterre
Sunday September 8, 2019
Schedule Outage Notice to Relieve load
On September 7, 2019, during routine maintenance on our largest generating unit at the Needsmust Power Station, engineers discovered damage to the unit that could lead to severe equipment failure. In order to execute repairs and prevent further damage, the unit will have to be placed offline (out of service) for up to fourteen (14) days.
Repair work has already begun and SKELEC has also sought additional assistance from regional and international partners to fast track repairs. Additional generators have also been procured ahead of schedule in light of the recent breakdown. The additional units are expected to be on island and installed within two (2) weeks.
While repairs are being done and the additional units are installed, it may become necessary for us to commence a series of planned outages to mitigate against the loss of generation capacity. The planned outage schedule is attached below and shows the days, times, areas to be affected and the duration of each service interruption. This schedule goes into effect from September 9th.
SKELEC apologizes for any inconveniences that may be caused by these series of outages and we value our consumers’ patience and understanding as we seek to be proactive in this regard. Updates on the progress of the repairs and planned outages will be given as necessary on all forms of social and traditional media. For the most current updates, please check our Facebook (@skelecltd) page and website (www.skelec.kn)
Monday 9th September 2019
Time Affected Areas
9:00am – 12:00pm Bird Rock, Frigate Bay
10:00am – 1:00pm Industrial Site, Bird Rock
12:30pm – 3:30pm Canada Industrial, Halfmoon, Conaree
3:00pm – 7:00pm Challengers to Halfway Tree
6:30pm – 9:30pm Lodge to Mansion
7:30pm – 10:00pm New Road, St. Peters
Tuesday 10th September 2019
Time Affected Areas
9:00am – 12:00am Dieppe Bay to St Pauls
10:00am – 1:00pm Sandy Point to Conyers
12:30pm – 3:30pm Tabernacle to Dieppe Bay
3:00pm – 7:00pm Canada Industrial, Halfmoon, Conaree
6:30pm – 9:30pm Shadwell to West Farm
7:30pm – 10:00pm Industrial Site, Bird Rock
Wednesday 11th September 2019
Time Affected Areas
9:00am – 12:00pm Challengers to Halfway Tree
10:00am – 1:00pm Lodge to Mansion
12:30pm – 3:30pm New Road, St. Peters
3:00pm – 7:00pm Bird Rock, Frigate Bay
6:30pm – 9:30pm Industrial Site, Bird Rock
7:30pm – 10:00pm Canada Industrial, Halfmoon, Conaree
Thursday 12th September 2019
Time Affected Areas
9:00am – 12:00pm Canada Industrial, Halfmoon, Conaree
10:00am – 1:00pm Industrial Site, Bird Rock
12:30pm – 3:30pm Shadwell to West Farm
3:00pm – 7:00pm Dieppe Bay to St Pauls
6:30pm – 9:30pm Sandy Point to Conyers
7:30pm – 10:00pm Tabernacle to Dieppe Bay
Friday 13th September 2019
Time Affected Areas
9:00am – 12:00pm Industrial Site, Bird Rock
10:00am – 1:00pm Canada Industrial, Halfmoon, Conaree
12:30pm – 3:30pm Dieppe Bay to St Pauls
3:00pm – 7:00pm Sandy Point to Conyers
6:30pm – 9:30pm Tabernacle to Dieppe Bay
7:30pm – 10:00pm Shadwell to West Farm

https://www.skelec.kn/scheduled-outages-necessary-to-relieve-load/