by Linda Straker
- Only fully vaccinated, non-nationals arrivals allowed
- Non-vaccinated nationals must quarantine for at least 7 days
- Tourism sector long way off from pre-Covid-19 days
Tourism Minister Clarice Modeste believes that the decision by Government to remove the 48-hour quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated people arriving in the country will benefit the hotels, workers and the Government.
“I think it will be a tremendous difference in getting people back to work. The spending power will be there, the hotels will be paying their taxes and so the economy will get a boost,” Modeste said in a recent news conference.
As part of measures aimed at controlling and containing the spread of Covid-19, Grenada adopted several new health protocols for people arriving at ports of entry, among them was periodic quarantine. Initially, the quarantine period was 14 days, then it moved to 7 days. In May 2021, fully vaccinated passengers were mandated to spend 48-hours in quarantine. Non-nationals arriving at ports of entry will only be allowed if they are fully vaccinated. Nationals who are not vaccinated must remain in quarantine for at least 7 days before receiving medical clearance.
A Covid-19 test is administered to all arriving passengers.
Modeste said that the tourism sector is one of the hardest-hit locally and while some industries are slowly returning to normal, the sector is a long way off from its pre-Covid-19 days.
“It is the industry that has suffered the most from this pandemic. It was the first to get cancellations and close hotels and close our cruise ship port,” she told the media during the weekly post-Cabinet held on Tuesday.
“I really look forward to seeing the tour buses,” she said, speaking about the direct and indirect benefits of the cruise ship industry. The first ship arrived on the island on Wednesday and at present over 200 are scheduled to arrive during the 2021/2022 season which runs from November 2021 to May 2022.
Grenada in March 2020 shut down the country because of Covid-19. Slowly economic and social activities are adjusting to a new normal in a world where the virus has become endemic. The tourism sector is important to the economy as thousands are employed in the industry.