(CMR) Travelers from Barbados to St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) will be categorized as high risk and will be expected to quarantine for 10 days at an approved hotel as of Monday, January 4.
This was announced by SVG's National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) Saturday night following the Barbados Government's announcement that close to 200 people tested positive for COVID-19 over 48 hours.
Head of Barbados Cabinet COVID-19 subcommittee Dr. Jerome Walcott said 161 people at Her Majesty's Prison Dodds, including inmates, wardens, and civilians tested positive for the virus. Thirty-three other positive cases were also confirmed outside the prison.
Last week Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley declared that Monday, January 4, and Tuesday, January 5 would be public holidays to allow the authorities to carry out contact tracing.
Officials are currently investigating three clusters of cases in Barbados.
Barbados joins a list of over 20 countries, including Jamaica, the US, the UK, Trinidad and Tobago, and Guyana, categorized as high risk by St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Travelers from medium-risk countries, including Cuba, Antigua, Barbuda, and Taiwan, will have to quarantine for five days in an approved hotel.
People from Anguilla, Dominica, Montserrat, St. Kitts, and Nevis will be considered low-risk travelers and must arrive with a negative COVID-19 test done no more than 72 hours before arrival. These travelers may also be tested on arrival in SVG.