SLHTA Makes Cease & Desist Plea Amidst COVID-19 ‘Rumour-Mongering’

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The Saint Lucia Hospitality and Tourism Association (SLHTA) has urged citizens to cease and desist in connection with COVID-19 rumour-mongering.

Just this week Sandals flatly denied what it described as malicious misinformation and fake news, which claimed that there was a virus outbreak at its resorts here.

“Nothing could be further from the truth, and we effusively deny these baseless rumours,” Sandals declared in a statement on Monday in response to the claim made in a social media voice note.

The Chief Executive Officer of the SLHTA, Noorani Azeez, told reporters Wednesday that Saint Lucia has to go on the facts and information provided by the relevant authorities.

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“When it comes to rumour-mongering and statements, whether written or spoken, that will engender fear in the hearts and minds of those of us who are working very hard to reopen the industry, we have got to speak out and denounce those statements,” Azeez asserted.

“We are operating in a very uncertain environment right now,” the SLHTA Chief Executive Officer noted.

He observed that the environment is also unpredictable.

According to Azeez, Saint Lucia has been blessed in having a minimal number of COVID-19 cases compared with some other parts of the globe.

He expressed the view that it is testimony to some of the tremendous work that has been done in both the public and private sectors.

Azeez told reporters that the critical issue is how protocols are reinforced to protect people and mitigate the transfer of the COVID-19 virus, whether from a guest to an employee or from an employee to a guest.

“We have got to ensure that we are continuously vigilant and we are on our guard at all times,” the SLHTA official said.

He described as unreasonable, any expectation that Saint Lucia will have a successful full reopening of the tourism industry without instances of visitors coming here with COVID-19.

“When we look at what is happening globally, we have seen that persons and communities that practise health and hygiene, simple health and hygiene like handwashing, face masks, honouring physical distancing – these go a very long way in mitigating the spread and the contraction of the disease,” Azeez stated.

He explained that notwithstanding what happens in the future, people have to take individual responsibility to preserve their own health and well-being.

Azeez indicated that fake new and misinformation do not help.

(Headline photo caption: File photo of SLHTA Chief Executive Officer – Noorani Azeez)

 

 

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