As more Nations and territories, now beginning to ease their restriction, Saint Lucia has unveiled a phased approach to reopening the tourism sector in a well responsible manner.
This new strategy announced the Minister of tourim, Dominic Fedee, is aimed in protecting nationals and tourists against the threat of COVID 19 through the following: advance testing, daily screening and proper monitoring of staff as well as visitors,sanitisation at various points throughout the travellers’ journey; and new social distancing protocols, the statement said.
The new process of reopening the tourism economy, is set to begin on June 4th. Moreso, Phase one of the reopening includes welcoming international flights at Hewanorra International Airport from the United States only.
Even though, the United States has more confirmed cases of the coronavirus than any other country, Minister Fedee argued that the phased approach which is designed, to the end of July, was formulated after proper consultations with relevant stakeholders.
Travellers — and tourists — are however, ask to check with various airlines regarding flight schedules and rules prior to booking.
Moreso, About 1,500 hotel rooms in Saint Lucia, are currently being, put in place in expectation of the first set of visitors, as it plans to open in early June, pending completion of a new Covid-19 certification process.
Since the closing of its border to international market on the 23rd of March, the island has indeed, followed some safety protocols recommended by the World Health Organisation, the Caribbean Public Health Agency, and other relevant Health agencies.
As at press time, Saint Lucia has recorded 18 cases of Covid-19, and all individuals have fully recovered; No active cases are currently being investigated.
Minister Fedee also explained that the government is developing a Covid-19 Certificate for hotels, which — according to him — is designed to further ensure that Saint Lucia remains a safe and responsible destination for tourists.
“Hotels must meet a dozen or more specific criteria for sanitisation, social distancing and other Covid-19 protocols before they will be permitted to open to guests.
These measures will enhance protection of visitors, staff and Saint Lucian nationals.” the Minister said.