SIMPSON BAY: The closing time of Dutch side night businesses has been extended by government to 2am as of July 4.
It is prohibited for businesses to open from 2:00am to 6:00am. This includes: bars, nightclubs, discotheques, restaurants, and bars, spaces that are rented out for meetings, events or parties.
The prohibition does not apply to hotels or lodgings, as far as their guests and staff are concerned, as well as the airport, port and related buildings.
As of July, the number of reported active cases dropped to less than 30. The intended goal was to achieve the 85 percent vaccination rate on Dutch Sint Maarten. However, the number of vaccinated adults within the Sint Maarten population has increased sufficiently, according to Health Minister Omar Ottley.
The curfew for the French side has been lifted allowing for free movement once again at night. However, businesses must close at 11pm nightly.
Measures in both sides seek to keep the COVID-19 numbers at bay.