The Director of independent restaurants at the Saint Lucia Hospitality and Tourism Association (SLHTA), Chef Orlando Satchell, says although the industry continues to be hit hard as a result of COVID-19, the protocols announced by the government to address the spread of the potentially deadly virus are in the best interests of all Saint Lucians.
He also said he supports the latest curfew in the interest of trying to safeguard Saint Lucia and not just one sector of the country.
“From an association point of view we all understand that these measures are in place to support Saint Lucia. It’s not about independent restaurants and not about independent businesses, it’s all holistic,” Satchell told St Lucia Times.
And although he observed that the COVID-19 protocols will affect business, the SLHTA official explained that business people will have to make adjustments to cope.
“Our industry continues to be hit hard and again I am sure that in light of the conversations we will obviously present our case to the government, but in doing so I am also mindful that we are not the only sector being hit hard. I imagine taxi drivers are being hit hard too, I imagine the fishermen are being hit hard, so ultimately we as a sector have to figure out how do we get in line and support the government in its move to facilitate everybody,” Satchell declared.
“Yes, Saint Lucia is being seen as a tourist destination but at the end of the day we are a holistic Island where we have to find ways to work with each other and make sure that Saint Lucia survives. Its not about independent individuals – it’s about we as Saint Lucia putting our best foot forward to work with each other,” he noted.