Vincentians may have abused unique COVID-19 freedoms

Discussion: Though Vincentian health authorities have tried their best to contain and manage the COVID-19 situation in the country, nationals and visitors may have abused the freedoms.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines has boasted of strong COVID-19 management with no lockdowns and curfews, and no community spread, making it the model country in the Caribbean for COVID-19 management.

Sports tournaments have been hosted, election political campaigns drawing thousands, and open borders with stringent entry and exit protocols.

But wanton disrespect for quarantine orders by some returning locals and visitors, a lack of caution from party promoters and businesses during Christmas, and non-adherence to COVID-19 protocols may have brought us to the end of the road for our freedoms as we know them.

The emergence of five cases with unknown origin have sparked revised or new measures to curtail mass gatherings in the country.

The health officials are calling the situation the existence of local spread of COVID-19.

Sources have said that more local cases are expected as workers at two local entities have been tested positive for COVID-19.

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