Sandals Resorts has strongly condemned fake news about one of its guests being screened by medical officials here.
“I have seen what I would call a disturbing and unfortunate and totally false video and WhatsApp message going around,” Managing Director of Sandals Saint Lucia, Winston Anderson told St Lucia Times.
“Sandals Resorts wants to strongly dispel this misinformation that is making the rounds on WhatsApp and other social media that any guest at any one of our hotels has been screened by the Ministry of Health,” Anderson stated.
“This is simply not true, very misleading and I would say totally damaging to the country, the economy and to tourism,” the Sandals Managing Director asserted.
He spoke against the backdrop of the release of a coronavirus update issued Tuesday evening by Chief Medical Officer, Doctor Sharon Belmar-George.
In it, the Department of Health and Wellness confirmed the arrival on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, of a non-national from ‘a nearby territory’ via a private yacht.
“In keeping with our national response protocols, the individual has been placed on medical quarantine at a public health facility and the necessary assessments are being undertaken,” the statement said.
Sandals Managing Director Winston Anderson told St Lucia Times he wanted to make it abundantly clear that there was no affiliation with Sandals and as far as he knows, any hotel in Saint Lucia.
“It is simply a false rumour and totally fake news,” Anderson declared.
He expressed the view that the person spreading such information must be insane.
“This person must be sick because they have no idea what they are doing and the damage they can potentially cause to the 180,000 people in Saint Lucia and to the Caribbean,” Anderson told St Lucia Times.
Sandals currently operates three resorts here.
The Department of Health and Wellness in its latest coronavirus update Tuesday evening, assured the public that established protocols and guidelines are being followed to ensure the protection of the health and safety of medical practitioners, clients and the general public.
It said that further updates will be provided as relevant details become available.
Social media has been awash with a flurry of messages and information in relation to the statement issued by the Department of Health and Wellness.