Union Island. (Photo: marinas.com)

The government has closed the seaport on Union Island, one of the southernmost islands in the archipelago.

The Office of the Prime Minister announced on Wednesday, that the Cabinet, on the recommendation of the Chief Medical Officer, had directed that the seaport be closed to pleasure vessels (yachts, pirogues and similar vessels) as a port of entry with immediate effect, until further notice.

“These vessels are being redirected for entry clearance to the three ports on the mainland, St. Vincent, namely, Kingstown, Blue Lagoon and Wallilabou, in accordance with the existing protocols of entry,” said the statement, issued through National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO).

“Please be further advised that only cargo vessels would be allowed to continue clearing in Union Island. Passengers on these cargo vessels will be cleared in the usual manner.

“All vessels may continue to clear out of St. Vincent and the Grenadines utilising the Union Island Seaport,” the statement said.