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Grenada taking more cautious approach to re-opening its borders

Grenada taking more cautious approach to re-opening its borders
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Written by Harry S. Johnson

Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has announced a more cautious approach to the reopening of the country’s borders. In an address to the nation on Sunday June 28, the Prime Minister said with daily reports of increased rates of infection, especially in the US, which is a main source market for Grenada, officials will continue to work on the finalization of protocols before the country begins to accept commercial flights.

The Prime Minister continued by saying that Health officials have tested and evaluated the protocols put in place for the protection of citizens and visitors and a number of areas have been identified for improvement. Therefore, for the immediate future, Grenada will only continue to welcome chartered flights under established protocols, which include testing before departure, testing upon arrival and agreement to bear the cost of quarantine.

According to the Grenadian leader, the Government appointed COVID-19 Sub-Committee is expected to wrap up its work at the end of July. Thereafter, Government’s decision-making on matters such as protocols, regulations, quarantine and testing, will be guided by a National Advisory Committee. The composition of this body will be announced subsequently.

So far, the Ministry of Health and the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) have trained over 1500 Tourism stakeholders in the new health and safety protocols for the industry; creating a new way of doing business. Both entities will continue this important training industry wide.

Meantime, the Government of Grenada has been granting additional easements in the COVID-19 regulations to allow more and more businesses to operate, in keeping with established guidelines for the various sectors.  From Tuesday June 30, Grenadians will also enjoy extended freedom of movement daily, from 5am to 11pm while continuing to wear face coverings and practicing social distancing. Additionally, beaches are open to the public from 5am-5pm. Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique currently have no active cases of COVID-19 (as of June 18) with 23 total cases recorded.

The GTA with its launch of a new domestic Tourism campaign called Paradise at Home on Thursday June 25, 2020 is encouraging locals to enjoy the special offers extended by the participating accommodation sector and in turn help the sector test its new health and safety guidelines.

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