Resorts used for quarantine deserve praise not stigma - Azeez
SLHTA CEO, Noorani Azeez
Chief Executive Officer of the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA)
Rather than stigmatising the facilities, Azeez believes the resorts should be applauded for taking the greater good of the nation under consideration and having their resorts used as quarantine facilities.
"They are putting their properties up as quarantine facilities for persons returning to Saint Lucia which is a very critical need for us right now," Azeez said.
"Those facilities are available, they meet a very glaring gap in our medical care and we need to just take advantage of that right now. What I have observed is that other options prove to be far more expensive at this time and we are very grateful that these resorts allowed us to use their facilities."
According to Azeez, there are concerns for the resorts post-COVID-19, however, all measures are being taken in ensuring that they are up to standard when normal operations resume.
Slowly but surely the island is returning to a degree of normalcy which means eventually accepting tourists from across the globe.
Following an announcement Monday evening by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet that only a few hotels will be participating in the pilot phased reopening, Azeez says the facilities will be in excellent condition with all COVID-19 protocols in place.