01 April 2020 | Rodney Bay Marina, St. Lucia
What a cruel April fools day joke is being played on me here in St. Lucia. A 24 hour curfew and total lockdown. Only Police, Fire personal, health, and Military personal allowed to b moving around without government permission.
Oh wait, it’s not an April Fools day prank. It is for real. I never thought I would be in a situation like this. I will just add this to my list of new experiences and another adventure.
As many of you have heard, St. Lucia imposed a 24 hour curfew starting at 5:00 am this morning. It was announced around 8:30 during a time when the night time curfew was already in effect. The big part of the plan is that all grocery stores are now closed. This is in effect until April 7th. This news came without any warning so many people do not stock up with essentials. They like many Americans only live paycheck to paycheck and can not stock up due to lack of funds anyway. Now there is no paycheck and no where to spend money even if you could. It will be very interesting how everyone reacts to this.
At this time I actually see dingy’s arriving from the bay. I am not sure what they are doing. They are certainly not following protocol. This blatant ignoring of local laws may have a very adverse impact on the cruising world here in St. Lucia. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that will not happen.
We are a little more sheltered in the marina and living on the boat.i have water and electricity available and the ability to walk n the dock to stretch my legs. I did listen to friends and I have stocked up with some canned goods that I have never purchased in my life. It will be a test of my culinary skills or I may be pleasantly surprised. While in Martinique, we purchased a canned duck cassoulet. We did it more for a joke that anything else. With a few additions, I prepared it and to everyone’s surprise, it was amazingly good. I don’t think I’ll be quite as lucky with the canned corned beef.
No beach walks today, life in paradise has taken a little detour. It still is a beautiful view from my cockpit as the photo shows. It's the only one I'll see for a while so I'm glad it is a nice one.
Stay healthy and do not take anything for granted. It can all change in a heartbeat.