Coronavirus pandemic reopening amid Sandals Resorts off to a bad start

A COVID-19 outbreak, pissed off customers and a public brawl with the local government.

For a resort chain that promises “a carefree vacation,” Sandals Resorts seems to be distressed.

Earlier this week, the Barbados Department of Health removed Sandals Barbados Resort and Spa from the official “quarantine hotel” list – one of the few places newcomers to the island can stay while awaiting results of two negative PCR tests necessary to move freely around the Island. In a statement, the ministry cited several “verified complaints” of violations of the COVID-19 protocol at the 280-room all-inclusive resort and warned it would take “similar actions” against any other property that does not follow the rules from the island. and regulations. He also announced the arrest of three tourists suspected of violating quarantine rules.

Hours later, the Jamaica-based hotel chain fired back with a personal statement, saying it had been blinded by the government’s announcement. The station said it refuted all allegations of protocol violations in writing and called for a meeting with the health ministry, and was “astonished” to learn of the delisting in the local press.

“We hope that the Minister of Tourism, the Minister of Health and the Chief Medical Officer, who have not yet visited our hotel to see the protocols in force, will be able to give priority to a visit to do so,” said declared the resort in an unusual setting. acerbic statement to Barbados today.

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