ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) — Antigua and Barbuda Monday turned the primary Caribbean Group (Caricom) nation to reopen its worldwide airport amid stringent well being protocols to stop any reoccurrence of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
“With the reopening of the Antigua and Barbuda economy, international travel is crucial. But the safety of our valuable employees and members of the travelling public is foremost. The measures we have put in place are intended to keep everyone safe as they transit our facilities,” mentioned Euletta Francis, the chief government officer of the Antigua and Barbuda Airport Authority.In an announcement, the Authority mentioned that the well being protocols that cowl the varied vary of operations on the VC Chicken Worldwide Airport will likely be in full impact to coincide with the opening of the island’s borders on Monday.It mentioned the rules had been topic to the scrutiny of main stakeholders and shared with staff and operators throughout the VC Chicken Worldwide Airport by way of a collection of digital conferences.The Antigua and Barbuda Airport Authority mentioned will probably be limiting site visitors by way of the terminal to travellers and airport workers and that they’ll all be topic to the agreed protocols, which embrace all passengers being required to put on masks throughout the arrival and departure course of.As well as, all arriving passengers will likely be requested to finish a well being declaration kind following which Port Well being authorities will administer well being and screening checks and that every one airport workers who must interface with the travelling public should put on PPEs as per the usual well being protocols.“A rigorous regime of cleaning and sanitisation has been operationalised for all points of contact to include restrooms, check in counters, doors, security area, baggage claim etc (and) a limited number of doors will be used for exit from and entry into the terminal and these will be manned by airport personnel to ensure adherence to protocols.”
The assertion famous that solely travellers and staff will likely be allowed entry into the terminal and that travellers will likely be inspired to utilize on-line verify in.“Airlines have adopted their own set of protocols and travellers are being encouraged to adhere to their procedures,” the assertion added.Final week, the Financial Restoration Committee (ERC), chaired by Prime Minister Gaston Browne, famous that on June 4, American Airways will fly from Miami to Antigua, arriving at about 11:00 pm (native time).“The crew and aircraft will overnight in Antigua, and return the following day at about 2:00 pm. The bookings indicate that more than 75 per cent of the passengers arriving on June 4, are likely to be nationals of Antigua and Barbuda. A trickle of tourists will also be on board. New protocols have been articulated for both groups, involving quarantine and testing, using rapid tests that are 87per cent accurate” the ERC mentioned.Now you possibly can learn the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, wherever. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is out there to you at house or at work, and is similar version because the printed copy obtainable at http://bit.ly/epaperlive