Good day to the people of St. Maarten, I hereby address you as Deputy Prime Minister in a special national briefing for today, Saturday, August 15, 2020, as part of the process to keep the community of St. Maarten informed about the latest developments in regards to commercial business closures as a precautionary measure to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 throughout our community.

Firstly, I would like to wish all those that are infected a speedy recovery, please continue to take care of yourselves and your immune systems.

To the families and friends who’ve lost their loved ones due to the battle of COVID-19, you remain in my thoughts and prayers.

As of yesterday, August 14th, 2020, the number of active cases stood at 150. To further protect the residents of St. Maarten, adjusted business hours have been implemented, all in the efforts of minimizing social gatherings. At this point, the island is not yet in a “state of emergency” however, we are urging the population of St. Maarten to adhere to the conditions mentioned in today’s public announcement. The protection and security of the people of St. Maarten remain as our top priority. Therefore, the new measures implemented are extremely important. I would also like to mention to the public, if cases continue to increase, more stringent measures will have to be considered and taken.

If we continue our approach of restricting socio-economic activities, our jobs and daily lives will no longer be sustainable. In order to protect ourselves and our loved ones, we urge the people of St. Maarten to continue adhering to the COVID-19 safety protocols, including practicing social distancing of 2 meters, not participating in social gatherings, hand-washing or sanitizing, and wearing of face masks. read more