Thursday 29 October, 2020

BHTA urges businesses to adhere to COVID protocols

(FILE) Senator Rudy Grant, chief executive officer of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association.

(FILE) Senator Rudy Grant, chief executive officer of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association.

The Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) is urging local businesses to adhere to the COVID-19 protocols put in place by health officials. 

With the COVID-19 Monitoring Unit shutting down businesses in the St Lawrence Gap as well as restaurants and bars along the South Coast over the past few weeks, the chief executive officer of the BHTA, Senator Rudy Grant, made the call at a recent press briefing hosted by the association. He held that entertainment hubs needed to strike a balance with authorities. 

“We must ensure that we adhere to the protocols. Those protocols have been put in place to minimise the risk. Those protocols have been put in place to ensure that there is no community transmission.”

The BHTA head said that the association was working closely with businesses in St Lawrence Gap to ensure that there is smooth sailing between COVID-19 protocols and entertainment venues.

"We believe that it is important to work along with our partners. There has recently been the refurbishment of the police outpost in St Lawrence Gap. . . . We are also seeking to ensure that we are properly providing for the disposal of any refuge in that area but at the same time we also want to ensure that visitors to Barbados have a good experience being in St Lawrence Gap and participating in the different activities that are available there". 

Granted added that the bridging of these relationships will be extremely important as the tourism product revitalizes with 40 additional hotels reopening by the end of December. 

BHTA chairman, Geoffrey Roach, also disclosed that tourism sector employees will undergo training for COVID-19 protocols. The webinars will be hosted not only by the association, but several hotels and restaurants will conduct their personal training sessions.

The webinars will outline and explain the protocols for hotel workers. Although all tourism employees will not be returning to work, training sessions will be available to everyone to ensure that each individual working in the industry is adept. 

“Once we can continue to manage our situation, with the level that we have, we shouldn’t have a problem in terms of tracking persons”.







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