The Public Health (Infections Disease) Regulations Order implemented earlier this year, to stop the spread of COVID-19, were reviewed in a virtual Platinum Committee meeting with the President, Mr Wavel Ramkalawan and the Minister for Health Mrs Peggy Vidot, held yesterday Monday 1st March 2021.
Discussing key points of the review during a press conference, the Public Health Commissioner, Dr Jude Gedeon highlighted that some of the existing measures will remain in place while others have been revised.
The revised measures were outlined in a presentation to the journalists present as follows,
• Restaurant would be allowed to open following an evaluation by health authorities. The assessment conducted in partnership with the Public Health Authority (PHA) would ensure that these facilities meet set Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) standards. Assessment of the outlets have already started and are expected to be completed by the end of next week. The new guidelines include but are not limited to: a reduced number of tables, reservations to be made in advance by clients, adjoining bars to open for seated clients, no dancing or karaoke allowed.
• Other food outlets, such as take aways, are also allowed to open for clients with adherence to IPC standards such as limited queueing within and outside the facilities. Such outlets must complete an application before opening to clients.
• Gymnasiums to open with a specific number of clients at a time
• Spas and Beauty salons to open on appointment
• Restriction of movement at night to be extend to 10pm – 4am.
• Shops can open until 6pm on weekends.
Dr Gedeon further explained that while there was a revision of a majority of the measures, several existing one would remain in place to further reduced the spread of COVID-19. The measures that will remain are as follows,
• No gathering with individuals outside of the households
• No visits between househlolds,
• No religious gatherings except for guided funeral services
• No group sports
• No events with spectators
• Casinos, standalone bars and discotheques to remain closed
• Shops to close at 6pm on weekdays
These new measures will remain in place for two weeks. Following this, another review will be conducted to appraise the local COVID-19 situation.
Under new guidelines issued by the Public Health Authority, no COVID-19 screening tests is needed for persons placed under home quarantine during or upon completion of the quarantine period. Testing may be recommended for persons who develop symptoms of the infection. All persons placed under home quarantine who develop symptoms are advised to visit the special stations at Glacis Health Centre, Baie Lazare Health Centre and Mont Fleuri Health Centre. The home quarantine period should be completed for 14 days, from arrival in Seychelles or last contact with a positive case of COVID-19. A certificate of quarantine will be presented at the end of the quarantine period.
Anyone with symptoms related to COVID-19 are asked to report to special stations at Glacis Health Centre, Baie Lazare Health Centre and Mont Fleuri Health Centre between 8am-12pm and 1pm-2pm. People who use these health centres for regular consultations, should go to their regional centres.