The Health Services Subcommittee of the National Emergency Management Organisation, on Friday said that the use of facial coverings by all persons attending rallies and meetings is strongly recommended.
The advice came in an advisory on the conduct of elections in St. Vincent and the Grenadines during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Officials also said that all campaign rallies and meetings should be held outdoors, with sufficient space to avoid crowding.
NEMO said that while SVG has recorded 73 COVID-19 cases as of Friday, Oct. 23 and nine of them remain active, there is currently no evidence of local or community spread of the viral illness in the country.
“This advisory recognises the increased risk of the introduction and spread of SARS-CoV-2 in St. Vincent and the Grenadines due to the arrival of travellers from countries with rising cases of COVID-19,” NEMO said.
The advisory aims to ensure the Nov. 5 general elections are conducted in a manner that reduces the risk of the transmission of COVID-19 in the country.
The advisory further aims to minimise the potential for creating COVID-19 super-spreader events and reduce the potential of spread of COVID-19 at polling stations on election day.