ST. LUCIA – St. Lucia Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony, in his address to the nation on Monday, July 8, regarding the passage of Tropical Storm Chantal, has announced that all schools, airports and businesses will be closed today, Tuesday, July 9 until the “all clear” is given by the government.
Below is an excerpt from his statement that addresses the closures:
“Both George F. L. Charles and Hewanorra International airports will remain closed until the all clear has been given by the Office of the Prime Minister. Persons expecting to travel should contact their respective airlines to obtain the status of their flights and other details prior to coming to the Airports. If you are scheduled to pick-up a passenger, please contact your party to obtain the status of their flight.
“You are urged to tune in the local radio and television stations for regular updates. All schools will be closed Tuesday July 9, until Wednesday, unless advised otherwise. Business establishments will remain closed on Tuesday morning until the “all clear” signal is given. Likewise, government ministries and departments will be closed for business on Tuesday but staff should remain on standby in the event additional manpower is required.
“This should not be seen as an opportunity to go on an excursion or to go exploring. The purpose of this is to ensure that you remain safe at home, and that you are available to assist your neighbours and community, if necessary and if safety permits.”