Minister, Hon Edmund Bartlett has lauded local tourism partners for the high
level of preparation evident in key sub-sectors of the tourism industry to
protect tourism workers and visitors from the threat posed by the Coronavirus
(COVID-19), ahead of the phased reopening of the sector.
Wednesday, Minister Bartlett led a team on a tour of the Sangster International Airport,
a number of hotels in Montego
Ocho Rios, the Coral
Cliff and Margaritaville
entertainment entities and Hospiten hospital. He said this was the
start of a series of inspections of various tourism-related locations to get
first-hand knowledge of their level of preparedness and measures for the
management of activities that will have to be instituted when the industry is
reopened on June 15, 2020.
degree of preparation that was observed, Mr
that "the resilience that we want to build will enable us, first of all,
to manage the risk and then be able to respond to anything unforeseen,"
making Jamaica, perhaps, "one of the most prepared destinations in the
the Sangster International Airport, Chief Executive Officer, Shane Munroe and
Chief Operations Officer, Peter Hall highlighted the installation of plexiglass
screens at counters as well as cutting-edge electronic devices, including
thermal sensor cameras and hands-free equipment that will boost the capacity of
public health frontline workers.
at Hospiten include dedicating a special wing to dealing with COVID-19 related
cases. Country Manager,
Samuel Diaz said
his company was playing a key role in health security and that in addition to
the hospital along the Elegant Corridor, there are medical stations located at
several hotels as well as at the airport and seaports in Montego Bay and
Commercial Manager, Chevoghne Miller assured Minister Bartlett
of the hospital's full support in treating with COVID-19 for the safety of
Jamaicans and visitors alike.
the Holiday Inn, Sandals Montego Bay, Deja Resort and Jamaica Inn, protocols
ensuring the safety of both tourism workers and guests are being implemented
covering all areas, including rooms, restaurants, and beaches. This will include
the observance of social distancing and the wearing of masks.
am satisfied so far that the entities are buying and preparing the necessary
COVID equipment and that the ability to use and manipulate this equipment is
being taught and internalized by the workers," said Mr. Bartlett. He added
that the examples seen at the locations visited showed that "we are all
preparing ourselves with the layer of protection that the industry must provide
to ensure that the people of Jamaica will not, in fact, be unduly exposed to
"all of Jamaica is not at the same level of readiness," Minister Bartlett
said, what he termed, a resilience corridor was being established "that
will enable us to better protect our workers, manage the experience of the
visitor, better account for the activities and also to be better able to track
and trace their movements in order to ensure that there is the highest level of
risk management as possible."