Rash of Isolation and Quarantine Affecting Business Community
February 2, 2022
Press Release
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The St. Lucia Chamber continued its policy of regular engagement with its members on critical issues of interest and concern, by hosting a Discussion Forum between Members and the Office of the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sharon Belmar George, on Thursday January 27th 2022.  The Forum focused on the current state of the Covid-19 pandemic and the new protocols issued by the Ministry of Health Wellness and Elderly Affairs. 

Dr. Sharon Belmar George, Chief Medical Officer was joined by National Epidemiologist Dr. Michelle Francois D’Auvergne and this team gave a detailed overview of the progress and state of the pandemic as well as a comprehensive presentation and explanation of the new protocols for Isolation and Quarantine. The Forum was called in light of the many concerns of members regarding the approach businesses needed to employ, at this time when the number of people being treated with Covid-19 was at an extremely high level. Numerous Members had reported that their operations were being negatively affected by the high level of absenteeism they were experiencing.  

This Membership Engagement event was organized exclusively for its membership in response to their specific requests for information and clarification of critical issues. Of particular note was that the “discharge letters” will be discontinued and the process to be followed was outlined in detail to members. Additionally, the “Revised Quarantine and Isolation Protocols” issued by the Ministry were explained in detail and several queries from members addressed. 

Of great interest and welcomed by Chamber Members was that soon the business community will be permitted to import and distribute testing kits increasing the availability of testing to citizens.  The Chamber has urged its members to familiarize their teams with the updated information that is accessible on their website.    

The Chamber thanked the CMO for her longstanding and continuing willingness to make herself available to dialogue with the business community on this critical subject and pledged to share the information with its members and the wider business community and continue to work constructively with the Government as the nation combats the Covid-19 pandemic. 

For more information contact: Mr. Brian Louisy, Executive Director

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Where is the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce located?

The St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture is located at Orange Park Commercial Building, 1st Floor, Bois D’Orange, Gros Islet.

Is the chamber of commerce part of the government?

While most chambers work closely with government, they are not part of government  

What are the benefits of being in the chamber of commerce?

Advocating on behalf of members with the public sector. Increased visibility and credibility. Business training and education information sharing and networking.

What is the main purpose of the chamber of commerce?

A chamber of commerce is an organization of business owners and entrepreneurs who promote the interests of their local business community. Chambers of commerce provide access to valuable resources, discounts, and relationships that help businesses save money and market their products.

What powers does the chamber of commerce have?

Chambers of Commerce will act to promote public policies that are in the best interest of business, in general. Specific Chambers of Commerce may also attempt to promote policies that serve specific industries or geographic locations.