[MIAMI] – The Caribbean Lodge and Tourism Affiliation (CHTA), which represents the Caribbean’s greatest trade, has made its case to the Authorities of Canada to rethink new pandemic testing guidelines that may pressure already confused Caribbean public well being programs and trigger additional injury to the area’s economic system.
From January 7, 2021, Canada is requiring that every one residents and vacationers getting into from the Caribbean present proof of a detrimental COVID-19 PCR take a look at earlier than their deliberate departure to Canada.
“This coverage is creating challenges and locations even higher financial hardship on the individuals and governments of the Caribbean and on the 1000’s of Canadians presently within the Caribbean who’re scheduled to return house within the coming weeks,” mentioned CHTA’s Appearing CEO and Director Basic Vanessa Ledesma.
The mere announcement of the coverage has resulted in a rash of cancellations by Canadians who had been scheduled to journey to the area, Ledesma noticed, additional harming already fragile companies and economies and retaining extra staff from returning to work.
“Because the coverage takes impact, we anticipate many stranded Canadians being unable to return house as a consequence of their incapacity to get exams within the required time,” she lamented.
Whereas CHTA acknowledges that the coverage is meant to mitigate the unfold of COVID-19 in Canada, an goal shared by the affiliation, “our dedication to the well being and security of residents and vacationers is finest demonstrated by the COVID-19 protocols and containment measures that are in place all through the Caribbean, and the 1000’s of tourism staff who’ve undergone well being security coaching carried out by CHTA and its well being security companions, the Caribbean Public Well being Company (CARPHA) and the Caribbean Tourism Group (CTO).”
Ledesma added that that is additional bolstered by the low tourism-related transmission charges within the area.
“On behalf of the Caribbean Lodge and Tourism Affiliation and the 33 Nationwide Lodge and Tourism Associations all through the area, that are a part of our Federation, we respectfully request reconsideration of this coverage for the Caribbean,” CHTA acknowledged in a submission to Canada’s Minister of Transport Marc Garneau and shared with Canadian Excessive Commissions and Consulates throughout the area.
CHTA believes the area’s success in sustaining one of many lowest incident charges of COVID-19 on this planet is basically due to the stringent well being security and testing measures that are in place, due to the management of many Caribbean Heads of Authorities, and the sturdy partnerships between the well being and tourism sectors.
Caribbean well being security protocols will be discovered HERE. They’ve been the premise for well being and security coaching for 1000’s of staff since June 2020.
These protocols are acknowledged by well being security companions, together with CARPHA, CTO, and the World Journey and Tourism Council (WTTC).