Reinforcement of protocols for tourism activities

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Reinforcement of protocols for tourism activities

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Ministry of Tourism, Information and Broadcasting, Culture and Creative Industries, and the Department of Health and Wellness wish to thank the public for their vigilance having been made aware of a situation where two visitors made their way from a recently reopened resort into an area restricted to them.

The Ministry of Tourism commends a vigilant resident who reportedly, under physical distancing protocols interviewed the visitors and alerted the relevant authorities. The guests, at the time have since returned to the resort and the management have beefed up security measures.

As with the reintroduction of travel, many processes were put in place to ensure the health and safety of our nation and at every juncture, this remain of paramount importance. Following this incident, further security measures have been implemented, and protocols reiterated across the sector.

All visitors and returning citizens to Saint Lucia must obtain a Negative CVOID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test at least seven days prior to travel and must also complete a Pre-Arrival registration form. As part of the entry requirements to Saint Lucia, all arriving passengers are required to adhere to protocols including temperature screening.

Visitors and the general public must note that during phase one of the reopening of tourism, a confirmed booking at a Covid-19 certified hotel must be presented upon arrival. The public is also informed that except for coastline water-based tours, visitors are only allowed access to the services at the property. To date, Saint Lucia has received five full international flights comprising returning nationals and guests.

Visitors are required to follow the local regulations in Saint Lucia, including the wearing of masks during on-island transportation and when in public areas on property. Visitors are advised to also check with accommodation properties regarding COVID-19 protocols, individual hotel safety and wellness policies.

In keeping Saint Lucia safe, the government continues to monitor global health updates and adjust protocols in an effort to mitigate the possible spread of COVID-19 for visitors and Saint Lucian communities.

The Ministry of Tourism thanks the general public for their support as we navigate this pandemic and work tirelessly to secure lives and restore livelihoods. While we anticipate that heightened security measures will enforce the rules, the public is reminded to contact local health authorities at (758) 468-5300 should the need arise and to report any infractions.

For more information about Saint Lucia’s COVID-19 response, all protocols and details of requirements prior to entry, please visit www.stlucia.org/covid-19.

— Ministry of Tourism

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