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Jul 15, 2020

Protocols for the Movement of Goods In and Out of San Felipe and Blue Creek Villages

The State of Emergency remains in place for the villages of San Felipe and Blue Creek. And if you think you are getting in or out, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams says that is not happening under any regular circumstance, as long as the S.O.E. is in place. The only movement in and out is to allow for the transportation of essentials; that is for food and other trade-related matters. And even so, there are strict measures that must be followed. ComPol Williams explains what happens during the movement of goods.

 

Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“We met and we put together a protocol that is going to facilitate the movement of goods and service to the area. And so what we do if it is that the vehicle carrying the goods is a toe head, you have to have two heads. One head will drive the trailer to the check point. At the check pint, the head coming out of the declared area is going to be unhitched from the trailer. The head coming out of the undeclared area is going to hitch the trailer and take it out of Blue Creek and vice-versa. If it is a vehicle that is not a trailer, like the chicken truck which doesn’t have a trailer just a refrigerated truck – in those circumstances what we order is that when the truck gets to the check point if it is coming out of the declared area it will be sanitized properly with approved disinfectant. Once sanitized properly, the driver coming from undeclared area will take control of the truck and drive it out and vice-versa. It is also mandatory that the driver and sideman with the driver must wear a mask and a gloves so that in the event if the vehicle wasn’t properly disinfected the mask and the gloves will be able to assist to prevent the new driver who may not be infected from contracting whatever may have been left in the vehicle.”

 

Williams says that in the event that there are persons who need to seek medical attention outside of the communities, there are protocols in place to make that happen, but such arrangements will be facilitated through the Ministry of Health.


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