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BHTA renews protocol plea


BHTA renews protocol plea
BHTA chairman Renée Coppin was "super pleased" that COVID-19 restrictions have been relaxed further - FP

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THE Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) is once again calling for a review of the entry protocols into the island in light of Government scrapping the COVID-19 curfew from today.

While expressing gratitude for the further ease in restrictions, particularly on some segments of the hospitality industry, chairman Renée Coppin wants health officials to go further.

“We are very cognisant of the strongly-held belief by Barbadians that the tourists bring in COVID. However, we need to ensure that Barbadians are aware that is not supported by the current statistics we have received,” she said in a release yesterday.

Coppin said the statistics pointed to a lower positivity rate within source markets which, when coupled with high levels of vaccination, meant Barbados was at a decreased risk from visitors.

“We are also signalling that many of our competitive destinations have put in place simplified, updated entry protocols. These protocols include more recent testing using rapid antigen tests and these destinations have not had any commensurate increase in case loads as an outcome of this decision. (RA/PR)


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3 comments on “BHTA renews protocol plea

    Wait a minute why when the government shut down the country the numbers went down. the government opened the country and the number went back up so what you are saying again because Bajans have short term memory but I don\’t

    I’m triple vaccinated and will fly in from Canada at the end of the month.I’m not sure I’m able to obtain a rapid test in Ontario prior to my flight because our restrictions are reduced

    It is a pity we don’t have have a person like Ms Coppin serving as the Minister of Tourism. She is the only person that I have heard, in all areas of the. media speak , with intelligence and common sense on the circumstances of Covid and it’s effect on the tourism industry and the avenues needed to take to safely restore the tourism industry.

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