Sandals Barbados has been delisted as a delegated quarantine resort by Barbados chief medical officer Dr. Kenneth George; that is efficient January 5, 2021. It was reported the motion was taken after a number of verified complaints of COVID-19 protocols being breached on the resort with respect to guests in quarantine; nonetheless, Barbados’ Ministry of Well being posted an replace saying that the three vacationers held by police for alleged breaches of COVID -19 protocols “were not associated in any way with the Sandals Barbados Resort and Spa, and regrets that this might need been implied within the launch.”
In accordance with the preliminary story, minister of well being and wellness Lt. Col. Jeffrey Bostic warned that authorities would take agency motion in opposition to any companies or people who breached protocols.
In a press release, a Sandals spokesperson mentioned, “We perceive that the federal government of Barbados is at the moment present process a course of to reassess and replace protocols for guests, in addition to the hospitality trade, and we assist all measures that may serve to guard our valued visitors and workforce members. We await response from the Ministry of Well being as now we have supplied to make out there a extra full overview of all our processes clearly outlining the in depth measures in place which might be all the time in accordance with all nationwide protocols. We stay devoted to persevering with to make sure stringent compliance of any and all new processes.”
In a separate incident in mid-December, A cluster of 26 positive COVID-19 cases was linked to Sandals Grenada, in accordance with the island’s Ministry of Well being. The optimistic instances included visitors and workers, in addition to their shut contacts. On the time, the resort was ordered to evacuate all visitors off the island as shortly as potential and to divert all different anticipated arrivals to motels in different nations.
On December 30, the resort posted an replace saying that, primarily based on a second spherical of testing, which was carried out by the Ministry of Well being on December 23 (which was throughout the accepted incubation interval from the incident), all 432 workers on the resort returned detrimental PCR take a look at outcomes. Of the 14 who initially examined optimistic within the cluster of 26, a dozen has to date obtained detrimental PCR take a look at outcomes, with the remaining two nonetheless pending.
Of the 11 visitors, 9 have examined detrimental since returning to the U.S. Sandals Grenada says, “That they had each PCR and antigen exams, which confirmed they don’t have or ever had any hint of the virus of their system.” The resort continues to be ready on the outcomes from one couple.
Sandals Grenada stays closed to new arrivals for the time being, because it continues to work with the Ministry of Well being and the chief medical officer to make sure visitors can return safely.