SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On Wednesday October 13th, the Ministers of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications Hon. Roger Lawrence (TEATT) and Public Health, Social Development and Labour (VSA) Hon. Omar Ottley, held a meeting with night life business owners to discuss protocols and business closing hours moving forward.
During discussions, both Ministers agreed to extend the hours of night life for businesses to 1:00 A.M. The extension will go into effect on Friday October 15th leading into 1:00 AM on October 16th.
The Ministers stressed on the importance of health protocols and thorough screening, which will require persons to show proof of being fully vaccinated or having proof of a negative COVID-19 test result in order to enter establishments.
The business owners were given the opportunity to get their health pass procedures established within short. This health pass will be strictly enforced as of the 22nd of October 2021.
Strict inspections will be carried out by the inspectors, prior to this date, at the various establishments to ensure compliance with the health pass procedures.
If this health measure proves to be an effective way of ensuring the health safety of night life patrons, both ministries will consider an additional extension of the night life hours.