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Minister Doran: Repairs of Main Roads and Hard Surfacing of Dirt Roads Given Priority

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The Honorable Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment & Infrastructure (Ministry of VROMI) Egbert Doran, said on Wednesday that an amendment has been submitted for the capital expenditure budget 2022 – a total budget of Naf.8.0 million - where funds previously allocated for the Ring Road, will now go towards the repair of the main roads – transportation arteries - throughout the country.

Through an amendment “nota van wijziging”, the Main Roads are targeted to be improved in place of the Ring Road Phase 1.

After careful consideration and consultation with the respective departments of Infrastructure Management and New Works, it has been decided that the Naf.5.0 million allocated towards the Ring Road Phase 1 project would be geared to the repairs of the Main roads. An amount of Naf.3.0 million remains budgeted for the hard surfacing of dirt roads.

The country’s infrastructure has now reached a point whereby a large portion of the road network has outlived its lifespan, has become worn and therefore needs to be improved and in some cases replaced.

The initiative to reserve a budget for the pavement of roads arises from the shortage of budget and allocation for this within the Ministry of VROMI. There is only a budget for the maintenance of the existing roads, which is used for road surfacing. With the lack of an available budget, funds are needed to create proper infrastructure.

The Ministry of VROMI will enter into investments where the positive effects on the economy are greatest such as the urban regions around PJIAE airport, the capital city of Philipsburg, and the main road artery to Port St. Maarten.

The ministry’s goal is to also improve the traffic flow on the main roads of Sint Maarten through various measures, such as and not limited to resurfacing, road traffic lines, zebra crossings, reflectors, and the creation of sidewalks for pedestrians.

A budget must be reserved to further expand the road network. Smaller road connections that do not fall under the category of a connection may qualify here.

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MP Emmanuel: Dossier of possible wrongdoing at PJIA hidden from Parliament

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Independent Member of Parliament Christophe Emmanuel on Wednesday disclosed to Parliament that a dossier of complaints and allegations made by COO of the Princess Juliana International Airport Michel Hyman against the CEO and Supervisory Board of PJIAE (operating company) was submitted to the Council of Ministers (COM) and the President of Parliament since June 2019.

Most of the complaints and allegations by Hyman are outlined in more than 15 letters in which Hyman warns that actions by the Supervisory Board of Directors and the CEO Brian Mingo were not in keeping with the law, the Civil Code of St. Maarten and the Articles of Association of PJIAE.

Emmanuel openly questioned why members of Parliament were not provided with the dossier, why the COM has never made the dossier public and if anything at all was done based on the information in the dossier. “There are signatures to indicate that the documents were delivered and received,” he said.

The MP noted that the dossier, complete with copies of emails, WhatsApp chats, copies of contracts, legal letters etc., would have been useful to MP’s when the airport was the subject of heated debates in Parliament in 2019, 2020 and 2021, including when Mingo was dismissed only to be given his job back a short while after.  

Emmanuel also asked to Prime Minister and Minister of TEATT if the audit commissioned by the holding board of PJIA (PJIAH) in December 2021 was specifically ordered based on information provided to the holding board by Suspended COO Michel Hyman, and if this audit includes a forensic investigation into the spending and management practices of the CEO of the airport.

“This dossier would have given MP’s context and further expose that the CEO of the airport, as I have said before, is bad for the airport,” the MP said. “To put it plainly, this information, diligently compiled by Mr. Hyman who saw it as his duty to report what is happening at PJIA, was purposely hidden and not provided to MP’s or disclosed to the public. I want to repeat, it was signed for when it was delivered to COM and to the former President of Parliament in 2019,” the MP said.

He added that answers must be provided about two apartments the CEO rented for alleged business purposes, a cost overrun of a 125% for the construction of a bar at PJIA, why the CEO hired an active TelEm employee to oversee projects at PJIA and the bidding processes and outcomes of several projects at the airport among others.

“Here we have a CEO who found it hard to give air traffic controllers even five percent of what PJIA owes them, apparently settling for just 3%. Just three percent, which in the end amounts to just Naf 300 guilders per employee (30) a month. But the CEO can spend lavishly on himself and apparently overspend at the airport. There are people who Hyman believed would have done something about the situation once he provided them with information and nothing happened. But today he is suspended. Answers must be provided and I won’t stop until I get them,” the MP said.

Hyman’s complaint letters also alluded to Mingo’s unauthorized spending, such as US $2,400 on a limousine in New York, which prompted the MP to revisit an issue that he had already confronted the Prime Minister with but had never received answers and/or clarification.

Emmanuel reminded Parliament that the PM indicated in 2021 that PJIAE would conduct an inquiry into the usage of the company’s credit card by Mingo, a total that came up to approximately Naf 300,000 in just over a year. To date, he said, no explanation had been received. As such, the MP asked:

Did this investigation ever take place? If yes, what were the results of the investigation? More specifically, did the CEO of the airport use the airport's credit card for personal and family use? If yes, please indicate how much his personal spending on the credit card amounted to. And how much did the corporate spending amount to? Has the SBOD taken any sanctions against the CEO of the airport as a result of his credit card spending? If yes, please detail what these sanctions are? Did the SBOD reduce the limit on the CEO's company credit card?

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SINT MAARTEN SPORTS FACILITIES POLICY APPROVED

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Over the past year, the Department of Sport within the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports (MECYS) and its executive arm, the National Sports Institute (NSI) has been working diligently on developing the Sint Maarten Sports Facilities policy, focused on the management and maintenance of all Government-owned sports facilities. On October 15th, 2021, the policy was finalized and published in the National Gazette.

The Sports Facilities policy aims to develop and maintain adequate sports facilities and recognize public sports spaces as a prerequisite for stimulating participation in physical education, sports, and recreation. With most facilities being severely damaged by Hurricane Irma in 2017, the sports facilities have been challenged, highlighting the need for the establishment of policy to guide decisions and improve the user experience of the sports facilities.

Through the Sports Facilities Policy, direction and coherence are provided on the usage, quality, and quantity of sports facilities and public sporting spaces in order to facilitate access to safe and enjoyable sporting facilities for national team building, hosting of national and international competitions, sports tourism and all residents active in sports.

Trends in sport participation due to societal changes and facility usage have been observed to provide information and context for policy development. Trends in the sporting environment were identified in order to align government objectives or represent specific problems and opportunities. The policy has been subsequently made to exploit these opportunities or to minimize their negative effects.

The policy outlines thirteen (13) sports facilities development goals that have been created to systematically implement the Sports Facilities Policy, the development goals are:

  • Reduce risk and unfavorable situations at the sports facilities;
  • Prioritize access to sports facilities in a fair manner, providing preference to users of higher importance;
  • Stimulate National Team development;
  • Ensure special seating for VIP’s during national events;
  • Ensure equitable and affordable facility rental charges to all sport users;
  • Secure additional funding through offering interior and exterior advertising space at facilities;
  • Ensure sufficient parking space to all users;
  • Ensure a safe facility user experience for all for all (safety perspective);
  • Facilitate access to safe and enjoyable sporting facilities for all (maintenance perspective);
  • Adequate facilities are established in a sustainable and resilient manner;
  • Play an essential role via sports in the development of sustainable solutions;
  • Integrate sports spaces into spatial planning to stimulate social cohesion and inclusion and make our communities stronger, healthier, and happier;
  • Activate public spaces for sports purposes increasing participation and access to sports.

The National Sports Institute, the executive arm for sports, is annually subsidized and mandated with the management and maintenance of all Government-owned sports facilities, therefore the Foundation will be responsible in collaboration with the Department of Sports for the execution of the Policy.

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UP outlines initiatives for 2022 Cooperation between legislative and executive branches crucial

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The United People's Party is looking towards increased cooperation between the Legislative and Executive branches of the Government as key to implementing hard lessons learned from COVID-19 and the Island's economic reality ahead of the handling of St. Maarten's 2022 Budget.

In a press release issued on the eve of the budget for 2022, the UP Party outlined how its elected and appointed representatives intend to deal with several policy matters in Parliament and the Council of Ministers.

In close consultation and cooperation with its coalition party, the National Alliance NA, the UP-Party faction in Parliament will bring motions, and amendments to current laws which LBham can change, and initiatives for new laws to the floor of Parliament, starting during the budget debate. "By doing so, the UP Party aims to support the coalition Government in carrying out its tasks for the benefit of St. Maarten and its people," the release stated.

The specific topics that the UP faction in Parliament will be working on during 2022 include reviewing and improving Maritime and environmental laws. Special attention will be paid to the present Consumer Banking Protection Law, Health Levy, and merging of the work and residence permit process. Consideration will be given to increasing specific fees related to the residence permit process, while efforts will be made to simplify the application process. 

According to the release, the Mullet Bay Inquiry will be addressed, as will the need for affordable housing, tax incentives for senior citizens, and the Senior convenient law. The United Party intends to introduce Resident by investment laws and regulate the "belonger" status of immigrants. 

With the increased traffic accidents and raised concern of law enforcement, the UP Party has also taken note of the need for Breathalyzer Laws that enable police officers to be more effective during normal traffic controls. "We will also attempt to regulate parking and make it safe for all, and one way to do this will be the Wheel-clamp law which we will introduce during this year." 

The UP also listed regulating credit card rates and fees, Constitutional Restructuring, and gender-related legislation as areas to tackle this year. 

The Party intends to take advantage of crucial committee chairperson positions in Parliament, including Finance (MP de Weever), Tourism Economic Affairs Telecommunication (MP Bijlani), Health Social Affairs and Labor (MP Brison), Justice (MP Heyliger-Marten). 

"We will host stakeholder meetings to encourage tangible change within different sectors. Our goal is to create focus groups such as supermarkets to help us handle food prices through the TEATT Committee. We will also look at modernizing and improving the penal procedure code through the Justice committee, addressing tax reform in the Finance committee, and tackling labor issues in the VSA committee. 

From the side of the Council of Ministers, the UP party will work on Restructuring the current model of the St. Maarten Tourism Authority. The goal is diversification within the tourism sector, with a focus on the film industry and yachting industry.

As a business-minded Party, the UP, through its Ministers, will restructure and simplify the processes for doing business on St. Maarten, including the business license application process.

The much-debated creation of a legislative framework for the gaming sector, starting with an independent assessment of the current lottery structure, will also be tackled this year.

The UP Ministers will focus some of their attention on re-imaging the destination by expanding on locally created products and will update BIG legislation to allow more medical specialists within the region to work on St. Maarten.

"We must establish a living wage ceiling and alleviate the housing needs by executing social housing repairs and exploring the implementation of a rental subsidy. The UP Party looks forward to working together with the entire Council of Ministers and the other factions in the Parliament on these and other topics to bring about positive changes for St. Maarten in 2022 and beyond." 

 

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PFP renews call to establish poverty line, COLA

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Following Saturday’s industrial action by a majority of the country’s air traffic controllers, Party for Progress (PFP) Members of Parliament (MPs) Melissa Gumbs and Raeyhon Peterson have renewed their call for Government to establish an official poverty line, as well as the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA).

“This weekend’s industrial action is symptomatic of what the entire country is currently going through. From air traffic controllers to ambulance drivers, police officers, bartenders and wait staff, many workers in Sint Maarten are still struggling to put food on their tables and pay their monthly bills,” said MP Gumbs on Sunday. “Although some have criticized the air traffic controllers for potentially shutting down the airport at this critical time in the high season, the fact remains that the Government still lacks data to know the social and economic situations that our people find themselves in. This is necessary for proper planning and measures to help the most vulnerable.”

“To comply with the Dutch conditions for liquidity support, the Government slashed salaries by 12.5 percent. More than ever, we should now establish an official poverty line to know how these cuts will affect families and their livelihoods,” added MP Peterson. “As PFP, we reiterate that we understand the need for conditions, but these conditions need to take Sint Maarten’s realities into account. Wages are low compared to other islands in the Dutch Caribbean, but we have the highest cost of living, which is further exacerbated by the fact that our spending power is diminished in a guilder-earning economy that runs on US dollars.”

“As a country, we needed to do some belt tightening. However, our negotiating position with the Dutch Government would have been stronger if we had an established poverty line available. We could have argued with evidence, and thus more convincingly, emphasizing how the conditions would have affected the average citizen. Instead, we went into the talks with nothing but opinions and emotions. Establishing a poverty line should have already been in place after ten years as an autonomous country in the Dutch kingdom,” said MP Gumbs.

MPs Gumbs and Peterson are also gravely concerned that the cost-of-living adjustment has been delayed since 2013.

“This is unacceptable. In times of economic crisis, every little bit counts, especially for pensioners and single parents. Therefore, I urge the Government to finalize the cost-of-living adjustment immediately,” said MP Peterson.

“Finalizing the cost-of-living adjustment and establishing the poverty line are small steps, but it is the least we can do to help alleviate some of the hardships faced by Sint Maarten workers, especially considering the disasters we’ve faced in the past five years,” said MP Gumbs. “Regarding the concerns of the air traffic controllers, I urge the Government, as the sole shareholder of the airport, to do everything in its power to help settle the controllers’ grievances with the operating company.”

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Minister of Justice Richardson visits Asha Stevens Hillside Christian School and reviews Safety & Security

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Minister of Justice Hon. Ana Richardson visited the Asha Stevens Hillside Christian Schools on Friday, January 14.

“After receiving an email and invitation on Thursday, January 13th, from the Executive Assistant at the Asha Stevens Hillside Christian Schools to witness an alarming practice that the school is seeking assistance with, I opted not to delay the visit and made it there this morning (Friday).

“The remnants of Hurricane Irma are still visible throughout the island with what at times may appear as minute factors but carrying great significance for the safety and security of our daily lives.

“I am referring to traffic signs. It is evident that many of these no longer exist in the vicinity of the school. Signs that say, “School Zone,” “No Entrance,” and “Slow Zone” all appear to be signs that once stood there but now it’s just a severed poll. Even the large zebra crossing has since faded or rather the harsh forces eroded the paint from lining out clearness that it’s a pedestrian (student/child) crossing.

“Though this is the Hillside school I visited today, I have no doubt that other schools are also experiencing similar issues.

“Of course, I will communicate with my colleagues and relevant departments to have this matter receive the attention needed. In this COVID-19 era, however, and with our current active cases being high, many departments are affected and as such, the turn-around time is expected to be a slow one. As such, I’m asking for unity in the community…. Share this post as we ask all parents to not only think of the safety of their child but that of all children.

“Please drive slow in the school zone!!! Be mindful when reversing from parking spaces that a little one could possibly be walking behind your vehicle. Use your turn signals to indicate your next move. Please, please, please do not enter roads you know are one-way streets and use the opposite intended direction.

“Thank you in advance to all who read this post and will join in the unity drive as a community to share it with others. We seek for all motorists to be aware of our young ones who are using the public roads to commute to and from school.”

#ROADSAFETY #SAFETY #SECURITY #CHILDSAFETY #AWARENESS #UNITY #COMMUNITY

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MP Brison initiates National Tourism Health Levy. Law still at council of advice

SINT MAARTEN ((PHILIPSBURG) - Leader of the United People’s Party, MP Rolando Brison has initiated a National Ordinance introducing a Health Levy on all tourists. The law, which he drafted himself, codifies the existing mandatory insurance for arriving tourists but adds a basic accident insurance. This codification, which aims to have the government’s SZV administer the insurance rather than a private company, also will bring much needed funds to the SZV and by extension the coffers of government.

“Tourism is all we have right now for our economy, and it’s important it remains protected. Having all tourists insured for both COVID and accidents will give peace of mind to all travelers coming to our destination, and in the event any were to get seriously ill, the coverage could provide them emergency travel back home. This lessens the burden on our own healthcare system, leaving room for the treatment of locals” explained MP Brison.

The legislation, submitted to Parliament since November 9th to be sent to the Council of Advice, was classified by the initiator as with “urgent interest”, and can proceed to Parliament only after receiving their advice.

“Every day that this law does not pass, means that the country is losing out on this expanded coverage for tourism as well as much needed funds for the government and its already cash-strapped social insurance entity, the SZV. I’m hoping that the council can render their advice very soon, after which I give the “further report” as prescribed by law before handling it in Parliament,” stated Brison.

The law will be seamless in its implementation and is predicted to have very little negative effect on tourists now that they have had more than a year paying the fee. “The tourists seem to have gotten used to this fee, and it makes sense to make this a permanent feature enshrined in national ordinance. Every time we think COVID is over and done with, another variant appears. While we are exiting a pandemic phase and entering endemic, it’s important to be both financially and logistically to handle the unfortunate event of a tourist getting sick, or getting into an accident,” explained Brison.

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Minister Samuel Recognizes 2021 Most Valuable Player Denzel Richardson

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – On Wednesday, January 12, 2022, Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Hon. Rodolphe Samuel, presented a plaque of recognition to 2021 Most Valuable Player of Dutch Baseball’s Hoofdklasse Denzel Richardson.

Minister Samuel in his presentation of recognition stated: “Now that you are here visiting for a few days, we have been reading about your success. I want you to know that you are an inspiration to many—especially the youth of Sint Maarten.

“Your ability to stay positive regardless the challenges. Staying focused and being disciplined are some of the messages we hear from you.

“Today I would like to let you know that Sint Maarten is proud of you for the way you carry yourself. We appreciate the way you represent yourself and Sint Maarten.

“Denzel Richardson, you said you want everyone to know your name. So, to everyone, I would like to say this is Denzel Richardson, a son of the soil of Sint Maarten.

“Our very own. Denzel I would like to wish you continued success and continue to make yourself proud and, in doing so, also make us proud.

“So, on behalf of the Government of Sint Maarten, also on behalf of myself as Minister of Education Culture, Youth and Sport and specifically the Department of Sport.

“I hereby present to you this plaque to remind you that Sint Maarten appreciates you and stands with you as you move from success to success,” Minister of Sports Hon. Rodolphe Samuel concludes.

Sports Department Conversation

“After being named the 2021 Most Valuable Player of Dutch Baseball’s Hoofdklasse, the Department of Sports had a conversation with local baseball great, 28-year-old Denzel Richardson.

“In the conversation he spoke of his journey in baseball, his struggle with anxiety and how introspection has made him a better player and a better man.

“Denzel first signed with the Colorado Rockies minor league affiliate, at the age of 17 years. It was then that he began to understand the business of baseball and that although one’s performance may be good, opportunities may be few and far between.

“Infrequent play began to weigh heavily on his mind as he felt a constant pressure to perform - and not knowing how to cope, he became unpleasant to work with.

“After four years with the Rockies organization, and another year spent in an Independent League, Denzel decided to move to the Netherlands.

“Feeling distant, even ostracized from his team those first couple years, Denzel did something that would turn everything around – he asked the question, “what am I doing wrong?”

“The constructive criticism he received was humbling and Denzel began to actively work on himself.

“Learning to control what I can control, no longer trying to impress people and changing certain habits have made life much better and has restored my passion for baseball,” Denzel said.

“The two times Hoofdklasse Best Hitter, the 2021 Most Valuable Player and European Champion has crossed off several major milestones he set for himself and credits his parents, the late Marius and Edith Richardson as his driving force.

“Denzel with his newfound purpose, now mentors’ youth in the Netherlands as a mindset coach on being the very best versions of themselves and aims to do the same here on Sint Maarten.”

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PFP poses questions about VROMI tender policy

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Although on the surface the recently published “Tender Procurement Policy” for the Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment, and Infrastructure (VROMI), published on 23 December 2021 in the Landscourant “National Gazette”, could be seen as a step in the right direction, the measure actually contravenes the country’s National Accountability Ordinance, thus making it illegal.

This grave concern motivated Party for Progress (PFP) Members of Parliament (MPs) Melissa Gumbs and Raeyhon Peterson to submit official questions to VROMI Minister Egbert J. Doran.

According to Article 47, section 6 of the National Accountability Ordinance, further rules for the contracting by tender for procurement of goods or services and performance of works by the country must be regulated in a National Decree containing general measures, also known by the Dutch acronym LB-ham.

“The reasoning behind this is because tenders, regular or public, do not just tie one Ministry to a contract, but the whole Country Sint Maarten. The regulation of tenders has to be across the board for all ministries. The Minister of Finance is thus expected to take the lead role in this matter,” said MP Gumbs.

A policy is in no way similar to a National Decree containing general measures, especially considering the necessary checks and balances in place for spending the country’s budget. The LB-ham is therefore also subject to greater oversight because it must be reviewed by the Council of Advice, the country’s highest advisory body,” added MP Peterson.

“That is why Article 47 does not give the option for individual Ministers to regulate anything regarding tenders through ‘policy’, as this does not go through the required checks and balances that is required by law,” continued MP Peterson. “As such, a policy that regulates tenders for any specific Ministry can be deemed illegal. It not only circumvents the Council of Advice, but also the Council of Ministers and the Governor.”

“The lack of legal basis for this policy could nullify previously made agreements related to the development of, for example, the Over the Bank area,” concluded MP Gumbs.

To create this LB-ham is not a choice, but actually an obligation for our Government, something that has not been done to this day. In the last budget central committee meeting, the PFP faction asked the Minister of Finance why this was not done, with no real response provided.

In light of the policy’s blatant illegality, the PFP MPs are calling on Minister Doran to withdraw the document and collaborate with the Finance Minister to create the legally required National Decree.

MP Gumbs and Peterson posed three other questions to Minister Doran. These are, namely:

  1. Based on which section of article 47 of the National Accountability Ordinance does the Minister of VROMI derive the authority to regulate regular and/or public tenders by “policy?”
  1. Was the above-mentioned policy evaluated by a legal advisor in VROMI or did the Minister request any legal advice prior on this matter before drafting this policy? If this is the case, can the members of PFP receive a copy of the legal advice?
  1. Did the Minister receive any advice from the Ministry of Finance with regard to this policy?

“While we certainly applaud initiatives to help Sint Maarten progress to the next level, we

recognize that these must be laid down in an appropriate manner. This is our concern in calling out this error by the Minister of VROMI,” concluded the PFP MPs.

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Zero tolerance COVID-19 protocols inspection to resume on Monday January 10

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Minister of Public Health Hon. Omar Ottley hereby announces that as of January 10th, 2022, there will be an increase in inspections for compliance with COVID-19 protocols within the business sector.

Inspections will be carried out on both daytime and night-time businesses, to ensure that the established guidelines are being followed.

With the increase in the number of positive cases of the Omicron variant, it is imperative that these guidelines are followed stringently.

Businesses found to be in violation of these protocols will be fined by the Inspectorate. Multiple offenses will and can lead to closure of establishments.

“These protocols have been implemented since 2020 after the lockdown, in order for businesses to recommence operations in a safe manner.

It appears that many businesses have strayed away from the set protocols over time. This is also contributing to an increase in the spread of COVID-19 throughout the community" said Ottley.

Minister Ottley would once again like to remind the community of the protocols that have been created to maintain a healthy environment for employees and patrons alike.

Basic measures

  • Mask wearing (preferred surgical or N95 masks).
  • Hand washing with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds or sanitizing with a solution containing 70% minimum alcohol.
  • Social distancing of 1.5 meters.
  • Ensure proper ventilation and ventilation systems where air circulates when indoors.
  • Knowing your status by getting tested at the local labs, including approved self-tests sold by local pharmacies.
  • Vaccination against the COVID-19. All persons who are eligible to receive the vaccine, including the booster dose should visit CPS or call 914 for more information. The booster dose can be taken three months after receiving the second dose.

Workplace / Indoor venues and businesses

For example, banks, law firms, accounting firms, consulting firms, insurance companies, government offices, churches, gyms, hair salons, barbershops, cinemas, theaters, supermarkets, nightclubs etc.

  • Follow basic measures.
  • Sanitization stations should be made available to visitors.
  • Temperature checks upon entry to establishments.
  • Employees that have tested positive for COVID-19, must remain in isolation for the period advised by CPS.
  • Employees with symptoms associated with COVID-19 including and the flu/cold must report this to the institution and remain at home and report to their physician.
  • If an employee gets sick at work, send them home immediately, following cleaning and disinfect of surfaces.
  • Staggered breaks and shifts where possible.
  • Encourage digital transactions and cashless payments where applicable.
  • Employers can request periodic COVID-19 testing of employees (AB 2021 no. 44)
  • Patrons/ visitors should be limited to 50%.
  • Visitors to restaurants and nightclubs should be masked unless consuming food and beverage.
  • Nightclubs can request proof of negative COVID-19 test upon entry to establishment

Large scale events:

  • Events will be cancelled until further notice.

Nighttime business hours restriction

Business curfew has been restricted from January 5th, 2022, in a phased approach, this restriction will be enforced until further notice and will be adjusted accordingly.

Phase 1:

4 - 7 hospitalizations (20%), business hours scale back to 1:00 am.

If hospitalization should later decrease to less than four (4) patients for a period of two weeks, then the time would be reverted.

Phase 2:

8 or more hospitalizations (40%), business hours scale back to 11:00 pm.

If hospitalizations should decrease to less than eight (8) patients for a period of two weeks, then the time would be adjusted accordingly.

Travel restrictions:

Effective January 1, 2022, all countries will be classified as very high risk until further notice with COVID-19 test requirements.

Based on the vaccination status:
fully vaccinated with booster shot received. Booster shot should be at least 2 weeks old and not exceed 9 months since administered: no COVID-19 test required.
- fully vaccinated 18 years and older without booster shot: 48 hours rt-PCR or 24 hours Antigen test required.
- fully vaccinated older than 5 years and younger than 18 years without booster shot: no COVID-19 test required.
- non -vaccinated: 48 hours rt-PCR test only.

For further details of the COVID-19 guidelines within your sector, please click the link below:

https://bit.ly/3FeZPst

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