More than 20 000 cruise ship passengers repatriated from Barbados
Airport and seaport authorities, as well as officials from the Ministry of Health and Wellness and Ministry of Maritime Affairs have been commended for a job well done during the beginning stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.
During her parliamentary address on Tuesday, Prime Minister Mia Mottley lauded those who worked tirelessly to repatriate more than 21, 000 persons from cruise ships to their home countries. Mottley stated that Goverment's decision to keep its borders open as a cruise homeport, was the "right thing to do" as it assisted thousands to return home.
"I am happy to lead a nation that is responsible for the repatriation of more than 21, 000 human beings from cruise ships to the countries which they have come . . .
We have shown what it is to be mature and to be able to do the right thing by ourselves first and foremost because we must always be able to look in the mirror and love who we see and secondly, to do the right thing by those by who we have a relationship."
Mottley indicated that Government's decision to offer assistance to stranded cruise liners has left a positive impression on international companies.
"People will judge us not by what we do in good times alone but by the decisions that we make in difficult times and therefore . . . this is kind of country we are looking to create, the kind of ethos that we have developed - these things matter," she said.