“We want people to socialize and have fun but we don’t want a situation where Tobago becomes COVID capital.”
Those were the words of Chief Secretary, the Honourable Ancil K. Dennis, as he urged everyone to follow the COVID-19 regulations ahead of the busy Easter weekend, where all flights from Trinidad are booked and ferry tickets almost sold out.
Over 10,000 Trinidadians are expected to travel to Tobago for a getaway and the occupancy rate of 80% among hotels, villas, guest houses and other forms of accommodation reflects the influx. The Chief Secretary issued a stern reminder at the THA Post Executive Council Media Briefing on Wednesday that the country is still in a pandemic and, while we welcome visitors, we do not welcome COVID-19.
“Trinidad and Tobago is still being impacted by COVID-19. Across the world the death toll is inching towards 3 million, so the virus continues to be very present and extremely dangerous. So, while we welcome the much-needed economic activity for car rentals, supermarkets, tour companies and other spin-off businesses from the tourism sector, as well as visitors who will enjoy our lovely beaches and tour our various sites and attractions, I want to remind everyone that we must adhere to the public health guidelines,” he stated.
The Chief Secretary indicated that he had fruitful discussions with the Assistant Commissioner of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) responsible for Tobago.
“I’ve been given the assurance that all systems are in place to ensure that we have a safe and secure Easter period. I want to put persons on notice, especially those who are so inclined to break the law, that the TTPS is on high alert. They will be enforcing the pandemic regulations and bars are expected to close when they are supposed to close,” he added.
The Chief Secretary implored everyone, especially service providers, to act sensibly and responsibly and follow the COVID-19 protocols.
“Reef boat and other tour operators are expected to run at 50% capacity, restauranteurs must ensure that social distancing is in place and hand sanitization regulations must continue to be enforced to ensure that there is no significant increase in COVID-19 cases,” he urged.
There are currently only 8 active COVID-19 cases in Tobago, with 3 recorded on Tuesday (March 30th) and 4 registered today.