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:
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:
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 www.sintmaartengov.org.