Former Tourism Minister Dominic Fedee has chided the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) administration after the controversy over what tourism officials said was an ‘authorised cruise tourism operation’ on a ‘no movement Sunday’.
“What we are saying is when the SLP was in office and the UWP was in opposition they said to the people that the UWP administration had two Saint Lucias – one for the tourists and one for the locals. But what we see is that the SLP has come in and they have done the exact same thing. Now common sense has come home,” Fedee told DBS Television News.
The former Anse La Raye-Canaries MP asserted that the issue involved balancing lives and livelihoods.
And DBS Television quoted him as saying that sectors which have proven not to be a haven for COVID-19 should be open.
A statement issued by the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA) after social media video posts of visitors arriving by bus and disembarking explained that a bus stopped in a community for a bathroom break for some senior passengers.
In one of the videos, a male individual engages in an expletive-filled rant noting that tourists were ‘passing everywhere in Saint Lucia’ on Sunday no-movement day. Yet, he observed that the authorities wanted locals to stay home.
The SLTA statement noted that in addition to preboarding requirements, cruise passengers to Saint Lucia are met with a full complement of protocols, including being fully vaccinated, negative preboarding testing, and health screening.
According to the statement, the Government of Saint Lucia maintains that its protocols must apply to visitors and nationals.
But the statement noted that, in some cases, there are exceptions for businesses and activities that are critical for the growth of Saint Lucia’s economy. At the same time, it said the authorities make every effort to ensure that there are no or little health risks to nationals.