The United States Virgin Islands will be welcoming travelers from Monday (29th May 2020), as reported by Breaking travel news. Commissioner of tourism, Joseph Boschulte, public health, and tourism protocols are being finalized for the return of visitors. As these new protocols have been presented, a state of emergency will remain in effect through to July 11th.
“Over the past several weeks, we have been building Covid-19 mitigation and response capacity, and preparing protocols to protect the health and safety of residents and visitors alike,” said commissioner Boschulte.
“We did not want to rush to reopen in reaction to what other destinations are doing. Instead, we have engaged in data-driven, risk-based analysis, in conjunction with the Virgin Islands department of health and federal guidance from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, and other stakeholders,” he added.
The territory has prepared safety protocols for tourists
The department of tourism has prepared health and safety guidelines for the industry and the territory’s reopening. It is a comprehensive master document that provides specific guidance to all tourism stakeholders.
“The response and collaboration of various departments and agencies are to be commended,” Boschulte added, noting that the document will be frequently updated to reflect anticipated guidance updates.
The Commissioner emphasizes that the reopening requires everyone’s support to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The guidance includes procedures for operating reception and concierge facilities; cleaning and housekeeping; managing dining rooms; and providing technical and maintenance services. taxi, van, safari, and limo services, restaurants and bars, and accommodations also have special guidance.
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