Basseterre, St. Kitts, September 20, 2017 (SKNIS)—As the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis recovers from Hurricane Maria, His Excellency the Governor General, Sir S.W. Tapley Seaton, has signed a proclamation declaring today, Wednesday 20, 2017, a public holiday. The Government has also declared today as National Clean Up Day, whereby residents and citizens are asked to remain in their communities and volunteer in cleaning up their environment to assist the country in returning to normalcy.

The decision to declare September 20 as a public holiday was arrived at after consultation with the social and economic partners in the country and with the Governor General acting on the advice of the Prime Minister.