Weekly Island Round-Up - 01 Mar 2021
Here are 3 things happening in Mauritius this week!
1) Several hundred protest in Tamarin against the development of the salt pans and the construction project on La Tourelle’s mountainside
Several hundred Mauritians protested peacefully at the weekend against ongoing developments in the area of Tamarin.
Tamarin’s famous salt-pans are at threat of being razed to make way for a third shopping centre in the area, while a portion of La Tourelle’s mountainside has been stripped to make way for a new development project. The project, named Legend Hill, will include 23 villas, 4 apartment blocks, a restaurant and a fitness and spa area.
2) The quarantine period has been extended to 31 May 2021. Borders will not be re-opened until at least 60% of the population has been vaccinated, which could be July at the earliest
Mauritius’ compulsory 2 week quarantine has been extended until 31 May 2021 at the earliest. The government do not plan to re-open the borders until at least 60% of the population has been vaccinated, to achieve ‘collective immunity’.
Mauritius plan to vaccinate around 11,000 people a day, starting with those aged over 60, and those with chronic illnesses.
3) An old municipality building in Curepipe is to be converted into a night shelter to support those who are homeless
A municipality building in Curepipe, which has been closed for 8 years, has been given the green light to be converted into a night shelter for those who are homeless. The shelter will be open from 6pm-6am, and will be managed by a non-governmental organisation once it is opened.