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Inspectorate Ministry VSA recommends all open buffets and self-service condiments be terminated during COVID-19 crisis

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.

It is strongly recommended that all open buffets and self- serve condiments offered to the public be terminated without discretion immediately. These include, but are not limited to self-serve bread service, self-serve juice, coffee stations and ice cream. Allowing the public to access food at such a close proximity and under heightened threat is not recommended and should not continue.

The inspectorate would like the public to use due diligence when shopping and request that food offered under the above mentioned conditions pose a high risk of transfer of pathogens and micro biological matter to and from humans and should under no circumstances should be consumed.

The food safety division is imposing zero tolerance stances on any practice that can endanger the public in the above-mentioned area with emphasis being placed on;

  • Personal hygiene.
  • Handwashing
  • Time & temperature management.
  • Cross-contamination.

What is described as zero tolerance is the immediate stoppage/closure of operations found in violation of any of these mentioned violations, as they are potentially life threatening under our current pandemic situation. Violators also risk a hefty fine.

As a reminder, all food handlers are required to:

  • Follow proper glove, masks and hair restraint procedures when in use.
  • All employees in contact are urged to wash hands after contact with either a customer or colleague or minimum every 30 to 45 minutes.
  • Social distancing in the preparation area must be adhered to as much as possible.
  • All contact surfaces are required to be sanitized at least every (hour) 60 minutes for non-food contact surfaces and every 30 minutes or after every use for food contact surfaces.
  • Any employee that displays flu like symptoms must not be allowed to work in any establishment offering any food or food related products to the public.

All establishments offering these services and requiring clarification of what is permitted please contact the inspector at Ph. 721 520 8809 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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.)

Aisles

  • 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.

 Scheduling

  • 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.)

 Equipment

  • 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.

 Sanitation

  • 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.
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Joint French and Dutch side border controls start, One person arrested

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - On Friday morning March 27th, 2020 around 08.00 am the Sint Maarten Police Force together with Gendarmerie Nationale carried out joint controls on the French/Dutch borders of the island, police said on Friday afternoon in a statement.

The main reason for these joint controls is to enforce the restrict movement of persons that has been implemented as a preventative measure to avoid the further spread of the coronavirus COVID-19, the police statement said.

The Dutch and French counterparts conducted their first control in the area of the roundabout leading to Bellevue French Saint-Martin. During this control over 50 vehicles were stopped and one person arrested driving with a false driver’s license.

The Sint Maarten Police Force and Gendarmerie Nationale will be carrying out more of these joint controls in the future. (KPSM)   

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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.

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Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs gives Thursday evening ‘Stay At Home’ National Address on COVID-19

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – On Thusday evening the Prime Minister and Chair of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) issued a national address via the Governments Facebook Page.

The address is as follows:

The Police force of St. Maarten is coordinating controls together with their French counterparts starting Friday, March 27, 2020 in order to enforce the restricted movement of persons, which has been implemented as a preventative measure on St. Maarten/St. Martin to avoid the further spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Controls have been ongoing by the French Gendarmes to inhibit unnecessary movement on French St. Martin. The restrictions require all persons to be in possession of a document that authorizes them to travel in and around the French side and even to the Dutch side and defines whether it is work related or related to an urgent matter (which shouldn't exceed one hour). This restriction applies to French citizens who work or live on the Dutch side as well as Dutch citizens who work or live on the French side.

Seeing that the spread of the virus has increased drastically on French St. Martin in the past few days, and local transmission is highly likely, Dutch residents are strongly advised not to venture to the French side, unless strictly necessary for work purposes or in case of emergencies. While this may seem restrictive to us as St. Martiners, as many family ties exist between our two sides, this measure is for your own health and safety, and the health and safety of your family and the rest of our community.

For the past few weeks, we have been asking for persons to heighten their awareness of ways to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We have stressed on the practice of proper hygiene, enforced school closures, placed restrictions on non-essential businesses, and minimized business hours all with the intention to minimize movement. While no curfew yet exists prohibiting 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.

The police force has commended our citizens and business community for their compliant behavior thus far throughout this process, and I encourage you to comply with these latest measures as well. Those not following the direct instructions by the Police to return to their homes, will be fined according to article 3 of the General Police Ordinance.

Collective Prevention Services (CPS) and our health care system, while doing their utmost to serve the people of St. Maarten, remain at limited capacity, which will not be able to sustain a major outbreak if persons continue to go about their lives as usual. Persons who have traveled within the past three weeks, should have registered with CPS by now (by calling 914), and should be in self-quarantine (no symptoms, but have a travel history). Persons who have a family member who has traveled in the past three weeks in their home, should also be self-quarantined even if you have no symptoms. Do not go to work or venture out into the community. 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.

All of the above persons, should contact CPS or their house doctor for information as to whether they should be tested. CPS nurses are currently monitoring over 450 persons who are either in quarantine or isolation, only those who meet the profile of travel history and flu-like symptoms will be tested right away. Others will continue to be monitored for the event that they may start to show symptoms. Persons who are extremely ill with flu-like symptoms, with extreme shortness of breath, requiring hospitalization, whether they have contacted CPS or not, should call the ambulance, and explain the situation to receive urgent care.

It has been brought to my attention that some people who have traveled and have flu like symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has, are waiting too long to contact CPS. The last few days have seen patients with symptoms and severe shortness of breath along with varying symptoms that may or may not be covid-19 related calling at the last minute.

I once again urge you all to take this virus seriously. Your actions may save your own life or the life of someone you love. There is no shame in reporting possible exposure to the virus. Do not be afraid to call your Doctor or CPS if you are ill and unsure of what your symptoms may mean. Do not be afraid to treat non-COVID-19 symptoms because you are afraid to go to the Doctor or the hospital.

This is a worldwide pandemic and yes, our capacity is small to handle an outbreak. While help has been promised, it has been merely trickling in. Let’s keep our numbers low, by being conscious of our actions and interactions with persons. Do not venture out and about unless strictly necessary. Only Essential workers should be out and for limited time to allow for essential services to be carried out.

Our health care professionals and emergency service providers work 24 hours per day. Give them the time and space to do so, as your excessive movement can be a danger to them. Stay off the roads. Spend quality time with family at home and use technology to interact with those you cannot visit at this time.

Resilience will be shown in our behavior in challenging times. Show our true resilient spirit by taking care of you, your family and loved ones. Practice proper hygiene and social distancing to see us through these very dark days around the world. Prayer and meditation, reading and talking to loved ones can calm our fears and help us to plan and focus on the blessings of life itself.

Stay Safe, be aware of yourself and your surroundings, and follow the instructions of our law enforcement officers at all times. God Bless St. Maarten and all her people!

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Sea Cloud II was in Port for Fuel and Food Provisioning on Thursday

PORT ST. MAARTEN – The cruise vessel Sea Cloud II tall ship of Sea Cloud Cruises, was given permission by the Government of St. Maarten on humanitarian grounds after meeting national port entry requirements to make a port call on Thursday, March 26 for fuel bunkering and food provisioning. The vessel had no passengers onboard.

The vessels crew were not allowed to disembark while the vessel was moored at the cruise pier. Sea Cloud II is at anchor outside Simpson Bay.

The windjammer vessel is 387 feet long and 3,849 gross tons. The maximum number of passengers that the vessel can carry is 94 and approximately 65 crew. The vessel which has 23 sails was built in 2001.

Sea Cloud Cruises has been a premiere address in the world of luxury cruising since 1979. The company operates out of Hamburg, Germany.

Since 1979, Sea Cloud Cruises has been one of the world’s top names in cruises. The 88-year-old four-masted barque Sea Cloud and its younger sister Sea Cloud II regularly appear with five stars each in the Berlitz Cruise Guide’s list of the top five boutique ships. Sea Cloud Cruises is a founding member of the hotel association Feine Privathotels.

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Simpson Bay Bridge Openings Reduced to two per day

PORT ST. MAARTEN – The Simpson Bay Bridge will open twice a day as of Friday, March 27, 2020.

The Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority after reviewing boat traffic and under the current national emergency related to the coronavirus COVID-19, the Lagoon Authority decided to temporarily reduce the opening times to two per day.

The bridge will open at 9.00AM for inbound and outbound traffic, and again at 2.00PM inbound/outbound.

The Causeway Bridge opening will be synchronized based on the Simpson Bay Bridge openings. This will be coordinated with mariners by calling the VHF-12 channel.

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New hospital project also affected by COVID-19 restrictions

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent travelling restrictions imposed worldwide, one of the consequences is a possible extension of the original construction timeline for St. Maarten General Hospital (SMGH). However, St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) and the main contractor are exploring avenues for acceleration of certain aspects of the project in order to avoid or minimize the impact.

In the preceding months, the first construction activities in relation to the SMGH project have taken place which mainly consisted of mobilization activities such as site clean-up, installation of temporary fencing, rerouting of the site drainage system, among other activities.

Due to the travel restrictions currently in effect, key staff of the contractor necessary to activate further construction activities, are not able to travel to St. Maarten. This may result in a delay in the overall construction timeline. However, in the meantime, procurement and design activities have continued as well as site installation activities (including installation of permanent fencing and the site entrance). SMMC and the contractor are investigating all options to further accelerate the project once the airport reopens and construction activities can recommence. 

In line with the precautionary measures taken by SMMC and Government in relation to COVID-19, the SMGH project team and the contractor continue activities to complete the final design, however, by working remotely as much as possible and taking the social distancing guidelines into account when in office.

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Minister Doran: Measures will be strictly enforced to safeguard the community

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Following decisions by the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on Sunday, March 22nd, 2020, I have been in close consultation with the Management of the Police Force and the Public Prosecutor’s Office, a press release from the Cabinet of the Minister of Justice stated on Wednesday.

“I hereby wish to announce, that the measures taken by the EOC will be strictly enforced according to the transaction list related to Corona/Covid-19 measures (which was previously published).  The police instructions will include heightened visibility of the police at vital infrastructure, businesses and homes. 

“If you are in the vicinity of these establishments or homes, you can be requested to identify yourself and be removed effective immediately. All persons must be in possession of identification. Non-compliance will lead to fines. 

“Businesses that do not comply with the opening hours of the EOC will be closed, and clients will be instructed to leave immediately. A report will be made for the ministry of TEATT (Ed Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications) and the owner will be fined for non-compliance.

“No more than 20 persons are allowed in larger grocery stores and no more than 10 in smaller grocery stores. A distance of 1, 5 to 2 meters (4-6 feet) is to be maintained when waiting for service. Group gatherings are strictly prohibited. 

“Group gatherings of more than 5 persons on the public road, in the vicinity of businesses (including restaurants, bars, gas stations, BBQ, etc.) and other places, is strictly prohibited and will be immediately dispersed.

“Non-compliance can lead to fines or arrest. It is also advised to avoid social gatherings at home. Beaches will remain open; however, no beach vending/ businesses are allowed to operate. Social gatherings of more than 5 people are strictly prohibited and will be immediately dispersed. Non-compliance can lead to fines or arrest. It is not the intention under given circumstances to use force. However, if and when necessary, the Police will not hesitate to apply the use of force to maintain public order and safety,” the release of the Cabinet of the Minister of Justice says. 

Adjusted Justice Services in regards to Social distancing 

The following departments of the Ministry of Justice will be operating on reduced staff capacity and will be handling only emergencies from the workplace as of Monday March 23rd2020 until April 6th, 2020. 

KPSM, Sint Maarten Police Force:

  • No walk-ins at the police station.
    - For non-emergencies /and questions +1721 542 2222
    - For filing reports: +1721 542 2222. Only emergencies or through appointments made via +1721 542 2222.
  • Please have the following details at hand before calling the station, in order for us to provide efficient and effective service: 

name, date of birth, place of birth, address, phone number, short summary of what took place).

  • Border control following the COVID-19 protocol, will submit all passengers to a questionnaire, and will issue information regarding self-isolation measures.
  • Appointments must be made for Immigration services, including reporting obligations via: +1721 542 2222 ext. 307.
  • The number of call takers are increased in order to provide extra services. When calling, please give your correct telephone number, in the event that the police needs to follow up.
  • Call 911 for emergencies only. Covid-19 protocols are in place for the dispatch center. Please comply with the dispatcher. 
  • Covid-19 protocols are in place for the patrols. 

Please comply with the Covid-19 instructions given by the officers. 

This can include a request to wear a mask and maintain distance for safety.

Customs: 

  • 100% controls on goods from risk countries
  • 100% controls on air passengers
  • 100% controls on baggage

Court of Guardianship: 

  • No walk-ins, only open for emergencies or through appointments made via +1721 542 4110 or +1721 542 4115 
  • In case of emergencies, call +1721 520 6396

Probation Office and Family Guardianship office (SJIB):

  • No walk-ins, only open for emergencies or through appointments made online or by telephone via +1721 526 4334

Public Prosecutor’s Office:

  • No walk-ins
  • Open every day from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., with exception of Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Contact: telephone via +1721 5422243 or +1721 5430109 or online via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Immigration:

  • The Immigration office will be closed to the Public until further notice.
  • Contact: telephone via +1721 542 6007

Prison:

  • No visitation allowed
  • Video calling has been set up for family members and lawyers.
  • Contact: telephone +1(721) 542-0691 or 542-3249 for more details and appointments

Health for Justice personnel: 

Physically: The approach of all justice workers will entail physical distancing at least 1,5 to 2 meters (6 feet) to ensure the safety of all. 

Mentally: For our justice first responders, there is no choice but to deal with all different emotions caused by this crisis. 

This focus on the service towards the society can cause constant stress.  We are therefore at this moment finalizing a contract with psychologists.

Guidelines for Operators and Users of Public Transportation

MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PASSENGERS ALLOWED PER VEHICLE:

General rule: No more than 2 passengers should sit in the same row while observing social distance minimums of 2 meters (6 feet). 

Based on the types of vehicles currently providing public transportation related services, this has been further defined per category as follows: 

  • Vans (with max. capacity of 7 seats) are prohibited from transporting more than 4 passengers at one time. 
  • Minibuses (with max. capacity of 16 seats) are prohibited from transporting more than 8 passengers at one time. 
  • Coaster busses (with max. capacity of 29 seats) are prohibited from transporting more than 16 passengers at one time. 
  • Charter buses (with max. capacity of 60 seats) are prohibited from transporting more than 30 passengers at one time. 

SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR DRIVERS:

  • Drivers are encouraged to perform regular hand hygiene, including using a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. 
  • Drivers should avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands and should avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • High touch surfaces, including seats, door handles and handrails should be cleaned and disinfected frequently during the day. 
  • When cleaning/disinfecting staff should wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as gloves and eye/ face protection; After removing PPE, staff should wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 

SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR PASSENGERS:

  • Maintain at least 2 meters (6 feet) distance between yourself and the next passenger;
  • Regularly and thoroughly sanitize your hands with a sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover nose/mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Use disposable tissues and discard after use.
  • Sanitize hands after coughing or sneezing.

Minister Doran said that while Sint Maarten is going through trying times, there are those who are using this opportunity to take advantage of the situation in regards to crime as we have seen various serious senseless criminal acts taking place over the past few days.

The Minister encouraged the population to remain calm despite the circumstances, as the Government is working diligently towards securing the wellbeing of the people, by finding solutions to problems that may arise due to the situation at hand.

Minister ended by asking God to bless the people of Sint Maarten.

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Inspectorate TEATT suspends some of its services to the public

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Inspectorate of the Ministry of Tourism and Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications (Ministry TEATT) has suspended driving exams.

In consultation with the Department of Civil Registry the Inspectorate of the Ministry of TEATT announces the suspension of theoretical and practical driving exams.

The length of the suspension will be reviewed on or before April 3, 2020 to determine if it can be lifted or will be continued. Existing appointments with the Inspectorate for exams will be rescheduled based on appointment date and test candidates will be contacted by the Inspectorate with a new proposed date.

For those candidates who have already sat a theoretical or practical exam, the validity period of your test card will automatically be adjusted. For questions, please call the department at +1-721-542-4511/5642 during office hours. No Walk-Ins will be accepted during this suspension period.

The Inspectorate TEATT also makes it known that it will not accept in-person applications for Import/Export/Transmit permits for small animals.

Section LVV which handles the requests for permits for movement of small animals into/from and through St. Maarten will also not be accepting walk-ins until further notice. Please contact the department via its email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or for emergencies call the department at +1-721-542-4511/5642

Regarding the issuance of confirmation letters for public transportation permit holders, this has also been suspended for the time being. Public transportation permit holders should proceed directly to the Receivers Office to pay for their 2020 license plate during this period until the service resumes.

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