21 May 2020 04:32
Sign up to FREE email alerts from Mirror - Weekly Travel Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Tourists holidaying on the Caribbean island of St Lucia will have their temperature taken before every meal in strict new guidelines to protect guests and staff. The government has announced that it will begin to open its borders to tourists from 4 June as part of a three-phase schedule. Only tourists from the United States will be allowed to visit the island in phase 1 via air but seaports will remain closed. Saint Lucia has a population of approx 180,000. The island has had a total of 18 cases, as of Friday 15th May 2020 with no deaths.
All 18 cases have recovered. Strict protocols have been put in place to protect both visitors and the local population. You will have to have a certified negative COVID-19 certificate to travel, and masks will be compulsory while on the plane and in the airports and hotels. All hotel guests will have their temperatures taken at mealtimes, while staff will have theirs tested at the beginning and end of every shift. Buffet areas will have sneeze guards and cutlery and glassware will be covered.
Social distancing and regular hand-washing will also be in operation, and there is currently a curfew in the country from 9pm to 5am. Authorised taxis are only to be used if they have been booked by the hotel with PPE, sanitation and social distancing and cashless transaction protocols in place. Only hotels who have a COVID-19 certificate of operations will be allowed to open in June and will have a nurse's station and quarantine facilities on site. There will be limited contact check-in and check in out at reception and limited guest activities and attractions. Hotel pools will be disinfected at the higher end of the recommended disinfection spectrum and sunbeds must be placed to ensure a minimum of 6 feet distance. All guests will be required to shower before entering pool and "physical distance" must be maintained in pool area. Saint Lucia at present has recorded a 100% recovery rate of all positive cases and have conducted rigid contact tracing. A spokesperson for the government said: "Tourism contributes 65% of the island's GDP therefore we cannot remain closed indefinitely." Advertiser Disclosure Many of the credit card offers that appear on the website are from credit card companies from which ThePointsGuy.com receives compensation. This compensation may impact how and where products appear on this site (including, for example, the order in which they appear). This site does not include all credit card companies or all available credit card offers. Please view our advertising policy page for more information. Editorial Note: Opinions expressed here are the author's alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.