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!

Refer a Friend, Get Paid!

REFER A FRIEND AND BE REWARDED!

For any friend that you bring in that signs a lease with REMAX, you will receive:

$200 on a 4 month lease
$300 on an 8 month lease
$400 on a 12 month lease

BONUS: From now until October 31st, 2019, bring in someone to sign at Vista Villas and ADD an extra $100 to the referral bonus!

*Only applies to new clients who have not previously contacted Remax, not applicable on renewals or referrals prior to October 4th. Not applicable when you come in with an outside agent. Make sure to have them mention your name when they contact us before viewing a unit with us.

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.

Know your Pet Policy

Can’t live without our Fur babies

Most of our properties are pet friendly as long as you follow the conditions and guidelines stated in your lease. The pet fee per pet is $350 and it is a one-time non-refundable fee. It is important for all tenants to adhere to the pet policy to avoid any penalties. Any studio or one bedroom is allowed a maximum of 1 pet. Any 2 bedroom or greater is allowed a maximum of 2 pets. Should any tenant be caught with an unauthorized pet, there is a $500 penalty fee and if you are over your allowed number of pets, than you run the risk of receiving an eviction notice. Please don’t put yourself in one of these situations. We have crews constantly managing the properties and it is inevitable that you would end up being seen with a hidden pet.

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/