Wednesday 8 April, 2020

Sandals Managing Director warns coronavirus rumors can impact St Lucia

Managing Director of Sandals Saint Lucia Winston Anderson

Managing Director of Sandals Saint Lucia Winston Anderson

Managing Director of Sandals Saint Lucia Winston Anderson has cautioned members of the public that spreading false reports that Saint Lucia has confirmed cases of the coronavirus will have negative implications for the island as a destination.

The hotelier spoke against the backdrop of several audio clips making rounds on social media that a non-national who was a guest at one of the three Sandals resorts on the island was medically quarantined after displaying signs of being infected with the Coronavirus.

A rumour the resort has since dismissed.

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"It is completely unfortunate," Anderson told Loop News.

"Rumors of this nature all it can give you is legs or wings and can have a negative impact on the island and the destination," he declared.

While a non-national was indeed quarantined, Saint Lucia's health officials confirmed that there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Saint Lucia and the measures taken were in keeping with the island's response protocols.

"This is unfortunate to see how easily rumors are easily spread and I think everyone in Saint Lucia should quickly dispel this," Anderson lamented.

Stakeholders held an emergency meeting today to further discuss the island's capabilities and protocols in dealing with the Coronavirus which has been linked to thousands of deaths around the world.

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