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Miami Patient, Additional Restrictions Coming, Rumours and Scam Artists

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – Hon. Prime Minister and Chair of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Silveria Jacobs gave her Friday update as it relates to COVID-19 national response activities.

The Prime Minister’s update is as follows:

People of St. Maarten, both here and abroad, I hereby address you, as Prime Minister and Chair of the EOC (Emergency Operations Center), in an update for today Friday, March 27th, 2020, as part of the process to keep the community of St. Maarten informed about the latest developments and Government’s COVID-19 preparedness, prevention, mitigation and response measures.

Joint Controls

Yesterday, Thursday, March 26th, 2020, I updated you on the joint controls being executed by the Police force of St. Maarten together with their French counterparts. These controls started today, Friday, March 27, 2020. I have been asking for persons to heighten their awareness of ways to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and the importance of practicing proper hygiene. To protect the population, closures of schools and non-essential businesses have been implemented and minimized business hours have been implemented as well. All with the intention to minimize movement. While no curfew yet exists prohibiting the movement of the population, each and every citizen is asked to STAY at home as much as possible in order to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

American Tourist Case out of Miami

The American case of the Miami resident was case number 12 on the French side, which after being admitted to the Louis Constant Fleming Medical Centre, his family arranged via his US insurance for him to be medically evacuated back home. This was supposed to be done via Grand Case Airport, however, due to technical difficulties, the plane could only land at Princess Juliana International Airport where the patient was able to be evacuated back to Florida. Though the patient was tested on French Saint Martin, it cannot be concluded that he contracted the virus on the island, as he was on a boat, which according to him had traveled all along the Caribbean in the past weeks. In doing the contact tracing, the French authorities ascertained that this case was not in contact with the local population of St. Martin/St. Maarten.

Register with the CPS – Call 914

A reminder to all those persons who have returned to the island since Friday, March 13th; you are still required to register with CPS by calling 914 or downloading the document provided for such on Government’s website page at, fill it in and email to CPS at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. These persons should be in self-quarantined (no symptoms, but have a travel history).

Self-Quarantine & Self-Isolation

Persons who have a family member who has traveled in the past three weeks living in their home should also be self-quarantined even if you have no symptoms. Persons who have flu-like symptoms, and no travel history, are not automatically considered suspected COVID-19 patients, but should also self-isolate at home (stay away from their family as well) and monitor their symptoms, in case they may have been exposed to someone who has traveled.

  1. Self-Isolation refers to the separation of ill patients from other persons to ensure the health safety of persons that are not ill.
  1. Self-Quarantine is for persons who may have been exposed to ill persons but are not exhibiting symptoms.


The government, via the Tourist Bureau, has made several attempts to utilize empty hotels for quarantining or isolating persons without success. However, any hotel willing to work with the government in this regard is asked to contact the Tourist Bureau or the Health Department in order to facilitate this arrangement as soon as possible. The government continues to explore options to retrofit other buildings to be able to house quarantined as well as isolated persons who are not complying with the self-isolation agreement as has been agreed upon between the patient and CPS.

I’d like to reiterate as stated in my previous National Address on March 26, 2020, that our health care professionals and emergency service providers are tirelessly working 24 hours per day. Give them the time and space to do so, as your excessive movement can be a danger to these persons whom we expect to be able to take care of our needs, should we become seriously ill.

Rumors & Scam Artists

I’d also like to address rumors concerning services being offered on behalf of the Government. Should the government take the initiative to offer services at your home, this will be communicated to you via the Government’s official media platforms. Be aware of the scam artists that would use this opportunity to take advantage of vulnerable persons. Do not give out information to unauthorized persons.

Further Restrictions on Movement Coming

During the EOC meeting held today, March 27, 2020, with ESFs 4, 5, 6, and 9, the decision was made to increase further restrictions on the movement of persons throughout the island via a Ministerial Regulation which is being processed.

Public Health Preparations

Meetings were also held with ESFs 6 & 7. ESF 6 updated me on current cases, challenges with communication in relation to Protocols of SMMC, Ambulance and CPS. A meeting will be held with the full ESF 6 and with General Practitioners in the coming days to improve collaboration and cooperation in the interest of public health. I take this opportunity to request that all qualified Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses LPNs, and student nurses not currently working in the field who are able to assist health care workers in the various health sectors, should call CPS and register so that a pool of back up nurses can be on call to assist when needed. Further information regarding this will be made in a subsequent announcement.

Plan for the Most Vulnerable

The meeting with ESF 7 – social affairs and community development provided an update on the plan to assist the most vulnerable in our society, in advance of the expected economic and social stimulus plan being rolled out. The ESF 7 members representing, community police, community development, Court of Guardianship among others not present, confirmed the plan which includes a food basket of necessities. This is being implemented, and they were given a deadline of April 1st for execution.

Economic Impact & Social Services Assistance

Persons who may have already started feeling the negative effects of the economic downturn from COVID-19 business closures, loss of tourism-related business, etc., should call or email the Social Services Department of Government. Further information as to a hotline number and email address will be announced in a subsequent announcement as well.

On Saturday, March 28th in the afternoon, a meeting will be held with the extended members of ESF 6 in order to get a full update and input from all stakeholders in the health care sectors.

Save a Life, Stay at Home

As I conclude my address, I ask for something very simple. Save a life by staying at home. Stay at home because you matter! Do you hear me? You matter! We are resilient and hopeful people AND we will get through this period. The Emergency Operations Center ESF coordinators are all working in the best interest of you and your families.

Follow our Government Radio station – 107.9FM for official information, statements, and news updates or visit the Government website at and our Facebook Page: Government of Sint Maarten.

God bless St. Maarten and her people as we work together; Government, community and each and every St. Maarten resident, to keep her safe.

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MP Marten-Heyliger: communication, cohesion is lacking. Stimulus package not discussed

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Parliamentary Faction Leader of the United People (UP) party MP Grisha Marten-Heyliger on Friday said communication and cohesive efforts by the coalition leaves a lot to be desired as St. Maarten is in a fight to keep its residents safe from the Coronavirus.

She stressed that once the new Council of Ministers is sworn in, this lack of communication and cohesiveness must be remedied to yield effective governing that the people of St. Maarten expects in these uncertain and crisis-driven times. “Communication cannot be underestimated in these times when people expect answers from their representatives,” she said.

Marten-Heyliger said she is not in agreement and not satisfied with decisions being made by the EOC, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance with regards to COVID-19, in particular since coalition partners have yet to be apprised about the stimulus package that has somehow made its way into the public domain. “A stimulus package that is obviously lacking in a lot,” she said.

“Almost three years after Irma, a plan should be in place that can be put into action to counter sudden outside shocks to our economy. A round table session is necessary with our partners such as the SHTA which represents so many hotels and businesses, our taxi associations, Chamber of Commerce and the banks. Community representation should also be included so our people are heard from. This is a world crisis and we need to be ready to re-engage on the world stage,” MP Marten-Heyliger said.

The MP said that she is particularly concerned about health care in the face of the Coronavirus. She said while the EOC consists of important players in managing infrastructure and emergency response, professional health care and advice is not presence on the EOC. “Are we not listening to doctors? Are there any doctors on the EOC? Are medical professionals being heard?” she asked. “The impression from the doctors and medical professionals I’ve spoken to is that there are still too many people in frontline service, exposed to the virus. We are acting as if we have endless resources.”

Bottom line, MP Marten-Heyliger stressed, is to “remove as many of our people out of harms way because government cannot raise the dead. And let’s get a realistic and sound plan for economic recovery because the economy is something we can influence and control.”

She added that two coalition meetings since being sworn in, is unacceptable and that this will change once the new COM is sworn in. Additionally, the MP added that the incoming COM will also understand that they answer to Parliament and Parliament answers to the people. “Communicate with us so that we can communicate with the people. We will have 4 years to get this right so communication is key,” she stressed again.

The MP explained that a coalition meeting was held on Friday and she recommended that moving forward these meetings will be held twice a week. “We have to structure these meetings in order to have a holistic approach to the country’s economy and health care in the midst of a pandemic. People need to know that their government is planning properly and cohesively. I have said from the beginning I am not a ‘ja-knikker’. Information must flow in a timely manner in order for informed decisions to be made.”

She continued: “We’ve been in government for one-and-a-half months now. I’m not the type to boast or act like a know-it-all. I came in humble as a novice open to learn and gain experience. The reason I was quiet is because information was not forthcoming to me from any source. LIVE sessions on Facebook and interviews are conducted divulging information much to the surprise of many, and definitely without input. This is not the way.”

“I need the people of St. Maarten to know that I’m simply doing my job as an MP. If COM cannot justify why they made a particular decision, I won’t be playing politics and rubber-stamping anything. My one request to the incoming COM is that Communication should be clear and consistent. I will inform the people accordingly since they are my boss. We answer to St. Maarten,” MP Marten-Heyliger said.


Food Safety Division continues to observe food safety violations during COVID-19 pandemic

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Food Safety Division of the Inspectorate of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA) has observed and continues to do so, violations concerning food safety requirements in establishments that are permitted to open to the public during this outbreak.

The virus being able to survive in the air, on objects and clothing for various lengths of time, makes the preventive measures and follow up essential if these public gathering spots are to remain operational.

The following measures must be taken:

Entrance and traffic

  • All customers and staff including management and security should sanitize hands prior to entering the building. (Spray all customers hands with minimum 70% alcohol)
  • A maximum capacity for any operation should not exceed five (5) square meters per person including staff.
  • All doors to entrance should remain open if not automatic.
  • Persons must be encouraged to maintain a safe distance from each other (signs & security enforced where possible.
  • Railings and counters should be wiped, sprayed or sanitized minimally every 30 minutes.

Staff and customer interactions

  • Staff must also adhere to social distancing when possible.
  • Staff should report any illness or symptoms to management and sent home immediately.
  • Staff observing any customers coughing or sneezing and report to security or management immediately.
  • Staff should report any dangerous or unsafe behavior of any person staff or customer.

Staff-to-Staff interaction

  • Social distancing is also required to be followed amongst coworkers.
  • Staff should remove clothing and follow handwashing guidelines prior to lunch break.
  • Ideally staff should change uniform shirt or blouse every 4 hours when in constant contact with customers i.e.; cashiers, stockers.
  • When gloves are being used ensure that they are changed, and proper handwashing procedures followed.

 Cashier area

  • All cashiers should practice sanitizing their area prior to shift and minimally every 30 minutes, ideally after every interaction.
  • When handling cash, cashiers should avoid physical contact with the other person.
  • Ensure a quick and speedy process as to minimize time with customer.
  • Limit personal interactions.
  • Cashiers should wash hands every 30 minutes.
  • Cash screen/keys/pan and swipe machines must be sanitized after each use. (Wiped or sprayed.)


  • All aisles should be clear and free of boxes as to prevent easy flow of traffic and prevent bottlenecks where persons need to be in close proximity.
  • Every hour shelves and displayed products should be dusted (sprayed with Lysol or a similar agent).
  • All doors / drawers that require human touch should be sanitized minimally every 30 minutes.
  • Prior to opening and closing all aisles and products displayed should be dusted (sprayed)

 Coolers and Freezers

  • All doors and handles to coolers and freezers must be sanitized every 30 minutes.
  • Open display coolers sides need to be sanitized every 30 minutes.

Fresh Produce

  • Displayed fresh products area should have signs asking customers to shop visually and not touch produce and return to shelf.
  • Maintain sanitization and cleanliness.
  • Limit stock displayed to a minimum.


  • All nonessential staff and staff with underlying heath issues should not be allowed to work and should be in self-isolation.
  • Schedules should be structured by way of shifts and groups e.g. group A works shift A. (limit physical interaction between groups and shifts)

 Personal Hygiene

  • Handwashing stations should be located within 10 meters of staff.
  • All handwashing stations should contain running water under pressure.
  • Handwashing station should contain soap, disposable paper towel and (hand sanitizer)
  • Staff are required to wash their hands every hour when not in direct contact with customer and every 30 minutes when in contact with customers.
  • All staff is required to start shift in clean washed clothing.
  • All staff is required to take minimum two showers a day prior to and after every shift.
  • Staff is forbidden to use cell phones during shift.
  • Staff is forbidden to smoke during shift.
  • Jewelry should not be worn during shift (under present conditions)
  • All personal items should be stored in safe location not readily accessible to staff i.e.; cell phones, bags purses etc.)


  • All public access equipment needs to be sanitized every hour.
  • Self-service items should not be offered, and equipment cleaned, sanitized & covered. (Juicers & coffee stations etc.)
  • All in use equipment should be sanitized as per operating procedure.
  • Air conditioning filters and vents need to be cleaned and sanitized as per operating procedure.

Shopping Carts and baskets

  • All carts and baskets are required to be washed daily prior to opening.
  • All carts and baskets need to be sanitized every 30 minutes by means of wiping the handles and dusting (spraying) the interior
  • Sanitizer wipes should be made available to customers and packer staff.

 Transportation and staff

  • All vehicles used by staff should contain sanitation wipes.
  • All door handles are to be sanitized as used.
  • All contact surfaces wiped. Steering wheel, shifter emergency brake, seat belt buckle, window handle or buttons & radio knob.
  • Staff should refrain from using public transportation (buses)

 Safety equipment use

  • Proper use of gloves is essential and requires more focus from the.
  • The proper facemasks are to be used when handling ready to eat food.
  • Gloves and proper procedures are to be used when preparing ready to eat foods.


  • All public areas of any given operation are to be washed and cleaned daily prior to opening. This includes front of entrance area floors walls and receiving area.
  • All restrooms are to be cleaned and sanitized every 30 minutes during operating hours.
  • All restrooms are to be maintained with paper towel, soap and hand sanitizer.
  • Sanitizing wipes should be made available to customers using restrooms.

Ministers of the NA-UP Coalition Government to be Sworn in on Saturday

SINT MAARTEN (HARBOUR VIEW) - On March 26, 2020, His Excellency the Governor of Sint Maarten, drs. E.B. Holiday, received the updated final report from formateur S. Jacobs, the Cabinet of the Governor announced on Friday afternoon.

The formateur has accepted the commission to form a new government which has the support of a broad majority in Parliament comprised of the NA-fraction and the UP-fraction.

The new government consists of Ministers who are committed to the promotion of the wellbeing of Sint Maarten, who will amongst others give priority to concluding the legislation regarding the combating of money laundering and financing of terrorism, including the penal procedure code, the development of initiatives aimed at the sustainable social economic recovery of Sint Maarten including the execution of the agreements made with The Netherlands and the World Bank, realizing sustainable government finances, including the completion of the 2020 budget, the safety and security of Sint Maarten by investing in the strengthening of the law and order services, the improvement of our environment with an emphasis on realizing sustainable waste management solutions, and the amending of the electoral laws. Considering the current situation, the new government will give priority to addressing COVID-19 crisis.

Candidates for the various portfolios have been vetted based on the pertinent regulations regulating the pre-screening of candidates before nomination (National Decree Appointment procedure candidate Ministers and candidate Minister Plenipotentiary, May 22, 2013, No. LB-13/0442).

The formateur has nominated the following persons for appointment:

  1. Silveria Jacobs, Prime Minister and Minister of General Affairs;
  2. Anna Richardson, Minister of Justice;
  3. Ardwell Irion, Minister of Finance;
  4. Rodolphe Samuel, Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports;
  5. Egbert Doran, Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure;
  6. Ludmila de Weever, Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication;
  7. Richard Panneflek, Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labour; and
  8. Rene Violenus, Minister Plenipotentiary.

The Governor has scheduled the appointment and swearing in of the Ministers on Saturday, March 28, 11.00 hours, at the Governor’s Office. As a result of the current restrictions due to the COVID-19 developments no guests will be permitted.


PJIA Airport donates 5000 masks to the Government for Medical Professionals

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY-AIRPORT) - Prime Minister and Chair of the EOC Silveria Jacobs visited PJIA on March 25th, to accept the donation of 5000 medical masks on behalf of the Government of St. Maarten. The donated masks are to be used by the Medical Professionals on St. Maarten who are on the frontlines of the battle to block the spread of COVID-19 and care for our patients.

On Monday, Royal Dutch Airlines KLM transported 8,000 masks to St. Maarten on the request of PJIA. The remainder of the masks will be used for the protection of PJIA employees against the COVID-19 virus while they are at work. This is specifically important in areas where passengers frequent. The multiple pallets arrived on a passenger-empty flight from Schiphol, Amsterdam. 

Brian Mingo, the CEO of PJIA, expressed his thanks to Schiphol for making these masks available and to KLM for transporting it. Additionally, PJIA Task Force Manager Connelly Conner, stated that PJIA’s objective is to minimize the spread of this virus, protect staff, the airport community, tourists, and the public from becoming infected.

Prime Minister Jacobs recognized PJIA as a key stakeholder in the Emergency Support Function ESF 10 along with Port St. Maarten. Prime Minister Jacobs said, “PJIA has worked towards implementing measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and I thank them for their close cooperation."

“The Government of St. Maarten is appreciative of the 5000 masks that arrived from Schiphol. This is one of PJIA’s best gestures despite their great cooperation thus far seeing these trying times,” Prime Minister Jacobs stated. 

Prime Minister Jacobs encourages other businesses to exercise their social responsibility and explore how their business can contribute within the community or via the government, which can get help to those persons most vulnerable in our society. “We need all hands-on deck,” Prime Minister Jacobs concluded. 





MMC says it takes a unified St. Maarten to protect our nation from this pandemic

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Marine Management & Consulting (MMC) NV, Owner and operator of The Yacht Club Port De Plaisance Marina St. Maarten would hereby like to inform the general public on the measures and steps it has taken since the outbreak of the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Since March 11th2020, after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the Coronavirus Covid-19 had become a global pandemic, Yacht Club Port De Plaisance management and team sprung into action and took the first steps by increasing its sanitary measures and made sure to follow the recommendations provided by the WHO and local Health Department.

On March 13th, 2020 the Yacht Club Port De Plaisance took additional steps from the advice and recommendations provided by the Country’s Honorable Prime Minister Ms. Silveria Jacobs and took keen attention specifically to the travel restrictions outlined in the Prime Minister’s official announcement.

These travel restrictions were sent the following day electronically on March 14th to all marina customers and its employees and advised everyone that they should monitor updates daily as this would affect all travel plans and itineraries. The official announcement did not specifically make mention of the private yachting sector and entry to the Simpson Bay Lagoon, but the marina found it necessary to provide the info seeing that changes and increased measures would more than likely be taken in the coming days.

During the weekend of March 14th and March 15th, the travel restrictions were updated and officially announced again by the Prime Minister. Of these travel restrictions, more countries were added, and it wasn’t until March 17th that Prime Minister Ms. Silveria Jacobs announced that as of March 17th only Legal residents, and persons holding a Dutch ID were allowed to enter and that as of March 22nd, no other entries to the Island would be allowed even to local residents.

Yacht Club Port De Plaisance, took these travel restrictions seriously and stopped all inbound arrivals as of March 17th and informed all customers and local yachting agents that the marina would no longer allow arrivals as per the Prime Minister’s declaration and announcement.

This request was also sent to customers who were due to arrive and were advised to stay put where they were and recommended that they should consult with their clearing agents before coming to St. Maarten. We therefore would like to make it clear that none of the arriving vessels that entered through the bridge this weekend and in the last two days were allowed entry to dock at its facility.

In closing, we want the general public to know that while these measures enforced clearly has largely impacted our business and has caused many issues for our customers, their crew and our employees. We found it necessary during these unfortunate times to put the health of our employees, customers and our Island in general first during this pandemic. While the Yacht Club Port De Plaisance could stay open and considered to be an essential business, we took the honorable Prime Ministers message and travel restrictions important and imperative in fighting this pandemic.

It is unfortunate, that these measures were not followed by others, and we find it surprising to say the least that exceptions and or chances were taken even after the Prime Minister’s message was clear. It is our main goal as a company and marina destination to welcome our visitors and we hereby want to also make it clear that we are in no way implying that any of the vessels and travelers arriving our shores could be spreading the virus.

However, all official health recommendations posted have requested to stop all travel at this time and that this would be effective for stopping the spread. It takes a unified St. Maarten to protect of our nation from this pandemic and we are appalled to see that others aren’t taking it so seriously.


Holland sees corona curve starting to flatten. Death toll at 80

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The number of people in the Netherlands dying from coronavirus reached a new high of 80 overnight, the public health body RIVM said in its Wednesday update.

Although the figure is high, the number actually involves people who died over the past few days, rather than a 24-hour total, the RIVM said. The number of positive coronavirus tests rose by 852 to 6,412, of whom 1,836 are or have been treated in hospital.

Despite the sharp rise in deaths and positive tests, the RIVM says there is evidence that the rise in the number of hospital admissions is slowing which could indicate a slowdown in the speed of the virus spreading.

‘But we cannot draw firm conclusions and the coming days will show if the curve is flattening,’ the RIVM said. RIVM infectious diseases chief Jaap van Dissel made similar comments in a briefing to MPs earlier on Wednesday.

Initial estimates show that the infection rate – the number of people infected by a carrier – is on or below one, rather than two to three as it was earlier, Van Dissel said. ‘The exponential growth of the outbreak would appear to have been halted.’


Meanwhile, the RIVM said it had identified coronavirus in wastewater following sampling in Amsterdam, Tilburg and Kaatsheuvel, which processes water from Loon op Zand, where the first Dutch case was identified.

The first trace was found in water four days after the first Dutch victim tested positive for the virus, the RIVM said. This means wastewater sampling is a good way to assess the spread of the virus, the RIVM said.

The RIVM has earlier detected norovirus, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, polio and measles in wastewater. Tough Dutch rules on water purification mean that the virus is not in drinking water, the health body said.



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SMMC staff receive free phone credits from TelEm Group

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) TelEm Group is demonstrating its appreciation to 420 workers at the St. Maarten Medical Center, many of whom are on the front line when it comes to protecting the island from the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The token of appreciation came in the form of free mobile credits for staff who are TelEm Group mobile customers and free sim cards with the same amount of credit for SMMC staff who are not currently TelEm Group customers.

TelEm Group Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), Mr, Michiel Parent delivered the package of credits to SMMC Head, Human Resources, Mr. Harlec Doran, Tuesday, during a controlled handing-over ceremony that observed the safety protocols of social distancing and hand sanitizing.

The packages will be distributed safely to staff members by the Human Resources department during the course of today (Tuesday).

According to Mr. Parent, even though companies like TelEm Group and other business that provide essential services remain open to the general public and the St. Maarten community, and while steps are being taken everywhere to keep the community safe, the true people who are keeping us safe are the medical professionals on the island.

“We really appreciate what these health professionals are doing and want them to know that TelEm Group recognizes their efforts,” said Mr. Parent.

Head, Human Resources at SMMC, Mr. Harlec Doran, said, as an organization, SMMC staff and management are appreciative and grateful for the gesture coming from corporate colleagues.

“Management and staff have expressed sentiments of gratitude and have stated that they will use the credits to maintain contact with their families and loved-ones curing this serious time,” added Mr. Doran.


Prime Minister Jacobs provides overview of Sint Maarten residents who returned home

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs said on Sunday that the country has two confirmed positive cases of coronavirus COVID-19, and both are in mandatory self-isolation at home and are recovering.

The first confirmed positive case came via the UK-Miami to the island and the second was a student returning from New York.

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) over the weekend collected forms that were filled in by incoming passengers with residency on Sint Maarten, and an overview of the information was provided to the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on Monday.

These were the last flights to bring Sint Maarten residents back home before the closure of the country’s airspace on Sunday midnight for incoming passengers.

These persons had to register with CPS and as such have done so.

Totals as of:                           March 20                March 23

Self-quarantined                     42                          322

Self-isolation                          40                          57

Suspected cases                     13                          22

Positive                                  1                            2

Negative                                9                            12

Pending                                 3                            8                     

The numbers on Friday, March 20 were as of 8.00pm and by March 23 increased to final totals up to that day. The number of self-quarantined persons are mainly returning residents who have to stay confined at home. 

The spike from 42 to 322 comes from all those returning over the weekend who have been compliant and registered with CPS to be monitored, and we appreciate their compliance.

The self-isolation cases are those who have dialed 914 as a result of the public awareness campaign and are being monitored for symptoms.

The suspected cases are a subset of the self-isolation cases (13 of the 40 persons) by Friday (22 of the 57 persons) by Monday.  Tests are being run by Institute Pasteur in Guadeloupe and we are currently awaiting tests on eight patients.

We ask the community to remain vigilant with hygiene practices throughout the day, remain indoors at home as much as possible. 

Those that returned from abroad, while CPS has access to the flight manifest, it would be a gesture of good faith to call, register and email the form to CPS – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - in order to be monitored even if you have no symptoms as this time or call 914 for more information, Prime Minister Hon. Silveria Jacobs said on Monday. 

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Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs issues Business Closure Clarification

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic & Telecommunication (TEATT) wished to hereby clarify the recent announcements made with regards to business closures in connection with the country’s measures to contain the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Businesses that are allowed to remain open to the public:

The Ministerial Regulation entitled ‘ Regeling opening en sluitingstijden dienstverlenende bedrijven ter bestrijding van het coronavirus’ and the attachment thereto mentions the types of non-essential businesses (identified as the red list) that must remain closed until further notice. These businesses are:

  • Day Care Centers
  • Early Childhood Development Institutes
  • Schools
  • Universities
  • Training facilities
  • Retail stores (clothing, jewelry and souvenirs)
  • Sales outlets and Shopping centers
  • Vending stalls at the Philipsburg markets
  • Bars
  • Restaurants, incl. those situated at hotels (take-out and delivery services allowed)
  • Roadside vendors (take-out and delivery services allowed)
  • Casinos (stand-alone and hotel-based)
  • Night Clubs & other dance establishments
  • Adult Entertainment Establishments
  • Art galleries and other exhibition halls
  • Recreational centers
  • The Cinema
  • Businesses offering recreational activities, such as zip-lining, boat trips, quads etc.
  • Gyms and other (indoor and outdoor) sports facilities
  • Museum(s)
  • Hair & Nail Salons
  • Barbershops
  • Conference facilities
  • Outdoor establishments that accommodate events

These businesses are to remain closed until 12 midnight on March 31st, 2020, after which a decision will be taken given the situation at that time. Businesses that do not fall within this list (identified as the red list) are allowed to continue to provide their services to the public.

The Ministry further seeks to clarify that the published list of essential businesses (identified as the green list) does not form part of the Ministerial Regulation, but was published merely as a guide to indicate what type of businesses may remain open. However, it is the red list (list of non-essential businesses) and NOT the green list (list of essential businesses) that will be strictly enforced.

Business closing hours:

The Prime Minister announced yesterday that businesses that are allowed to open in connection with the aforementioned published Ministerial Regulation may only do so until 8 pm nightly. The Ministerial Regulation, which will be published on Monday provides the following clarity:

  1. All businesses must be closed on Sundays and holidays, with the exception of supermarkets/ grocery stores, bakeries, pharmacies, gas stations and hotels/ guesthouses.
  2. Businesses that are allowed to open, must be closed by 8 pm on all other days (Mon-Sat), with the exception of hotels/ guesthouses, which may maintain their regular operating hours.

The above also applies to businesses with permits to open for extended hours or 24 hours.

Businesses that are allowed to open may do so at their own discretion, so long as they are closed in accordance with the aforementioned stipulations.

The above measures are in reference to businesses opening to the public! Work that has to be performed beyond closing hours may continue. This includes, but is not limited to: nighttime employees of news outlets, emergency service operators, SMMC personnel and Cargo workers.

For more information on this and other measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus on St. Maarten, please visit

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