A woman wearing a facemask. (iWN file photo)

Voters casing ballot in the Nov. 5 general elections in St. Vincent and the Grenadines should wear masks/face coverings while at the polling station, the Health Services Subcommittee of the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) said on Friday.

Further, all polling station workers and officials will wear face coverings/masks at all times and will regularly sanitise their hands or change their gloves.

NEMO has issued an advisory aimed at ensuring the conduct of the polls in a manner that reduces the risk of the transmission of COVID-19 in the country, although there is currently no evidence of local or community spread.

The advisory further said that voters should maintain at least three feet of spacing while waiting in line to vote.

Hand sanitisation will be implemented before and during the voting process.

Therefore, elector would be required to sanitise their hands before removing their face covering to allow for the verification of their identity.

Hand sanitisation would also be required after the replacement of the face covering after the verification of identity and before the voter dip his or her hand into the indelible ink well after voting.

SVG had recorded 73 COVID-19 cases as of Friday, Oct. 23. Nine of these remain active.