Caribbean Initiates Covid Tourism Plan

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Caribbean health and tourism authorities’ Covid-19 Caribbean Tourism Task Force announced an initiative to help safeguard the health of travelers and employees.

During a virtual press conference, the task force unveiled health and safety guidelines supported by a training schedule aimed at reaching the region’s tourism employees in the coming weeks and months.

The initial guidelines include checklists backed by training for various tourism industry sectors, including ground transportation, accommodation providers, food and beverage, and attractions.

General health safety protocols have also been created and will be supported with training by the Caribbean Public Health Agency.

Companies that participate in the training will be recognized, and accommodation providers that also join the health agency’s online Tourism Health Information System will be eligible to receive a Caribbean Travel Health Assurance stamp.

“We started working on this in January with the member states, and we have been leading the regional health response in this matter of Covid-19,” Dr. Joy St. John, executive director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency, said in a statement. “Public health is our mandate, and in looking at how we can ensure we open up to tourism safely, we had guidance from not only our own technical sources, but also the guidance and the wisdom of those in the field.”

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