Antigua and Barbuda’s motels association asks for a vaccine mandate: Journey Weekly

The Antigua & Barbuda Motels and Tourism Association has called on the government to mandate that only completely vaccinated tourists be authorized to enter for stayover holidays, because of to a rise in Covid-19 infections in the state.

Vernon Jeffers, government chairman, claimed, “Our target is squarely on the defense of our personnel, their households and the sustainability of the sector. The hospitality market has taken a significant hit from the Covid-19 pandemic and, for the quick long term, the pandemic will continue to lead to uncertainty in occupancy stages and sustained employment. We are in a challenging interval contacting for some difficult but needed choices to be made.”

The association is proposing that the vaccination mandate for arriving passengers 12 decades and in excess of just take outcome Oct. 1, which would allow adequate notice of any adjustments to the existing vacation rules.

Presently all travelers must present a negative PCR take a look at final result taken inside seven days of arrival.

The vaccine proposal by the association also phone calls for a unfavorable PCR or immediate antigen test end result, but in inside three days of travel, for all vaccinated tourists.

If the governing administration does contact for a vaccine mandate, Antigua and Barbuda will be part of a number of other Caribbean nations that prohibit entry only to thoroughly vaccinated travelers, together with Anguilla, Grenada, St. Barts, St. Kitts and Nevis, Turks and Caicos (powerful Sept. 1) and Trinidad and Tobago.