Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has expressed confidence in Saint Lucia’s COVID-19 ‘tourism bubble’, even as Grenada on Sunday announced the diagnosis of twenty-six positive COVID-19 cases, originating from the Sandals Resort on that Island.
“We have a lot of confidence in the tourism bubble that we have created,” the former Tourism Minister told reporters Tuesday outside parliament.
Chastanet told reporters that the testing of line staff has been ongoing as part of overall COVID-19 protocols.
“We have had over 25,000 tourists that have come here and so far those protocols have been working, but again, when something like this happens it’s about reinforcing our protocols,” Chastanet explained.
In a joint statement on Monday, the Ministry of Tourism, the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority and the Saint Lucia Hospitality and Tourism Association asserted that at present, there is no evidence within the tourism industry in Saint Lucia of spread from visitor to hospitality staff.
However the joint statement observed that notwithstanding, a few visitors have tested positive for Covid-19 and the individuals were “quickly and safely quarantined” according to protocols.
According to the statement, with the festive season quickly approaching and with recent events throughout the region, this a stark reminder that we continue to coexist with a global pandemic and must therefore be even more vigilant about maintaining the protocols set by the Health Authorities.
Headline photo caption: Stock photo of visitors arriving at Saint Lucia’s Hewanorra International airport