by Linda Straker
- Incoming passengers must present a negative Covid-19 PCR no less than 3 days before travel
- CDC placed in Grenada category one travel advisory as of 18 March 2021
- Someone fully vaccinated may have a significantly reduced quarantine period
Health authorities in Grenada are considering changing the quarantine period for all incoming passengers who are fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved for emergency use by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The idea is for fully vaccinated people, meaning that they have had both doses for the vaccines that require a double dose or the single-dose of those the vaccines that are single dose, to mingle with the citizens quicker.
At present, all incoming passengers must present a negative Covid-19 PCR no less than 3 days before travel. Upon arrival in Grenada, the person will head straight into quarantine and then be tested on the 5th day. Once a negative test is obtained, the person will be medically cleared to leave quarantine. Under the new travel protocol that is under consideration, fully vaccinated people with proof will see changes.
“If someone is fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca, with Pfizer, with Moderna, then you don’t have to or will have a significantly reduced quarantine period when coming into Grenada,” Health Minister Nickolas Steele disclosed during Wednesday, 17 March 2021 during the weekly post-cabinet briefing.
As of 18 March 2021, Grenada became one of the 7 Caribbean destinations that the CDC placed in category one in travel advisory. The lowest level one indicates that all travellers should wear a mask, avoid crowds, stay at least 6 feet from people who are not travelling together, wash hands often, use hand sanitisers and watch their health for signs of the illness.
The CDC’s new ranking comes less than 2 weeks before Sandals, one of Grenada’s all-inclusive properties, resumes operations after a 3-month closure. The hotel was linked to the island’s December cluster.
“As part of our campaign to reopen, all our travel agents are now encouraging clients to become vaccinated,” said Peter Fraser General Manager. “So, if persons who are fully vaccinated will have reduced quarantine, we will welcome this positive news.”
As part of the reopening protocol, the management of the hotel has established a quarantine area for any guest who is tested positive on the island.
Tourism Minister Clarice Modeste is pleased that the island is now categorised by the CDC as a level one, but is concerned that more tourism workers are opting not to become vaccinated. She also confirmed that health authorities are having a discussion about changing the protocol for entering the island.
“Something will be announced in the coming week but there is a better chance of us heading in that direction if more of our tourism workers are vaccinated. There are one or two properties that have confirmed a high percentage between 80% and 100% of the staff taking the first dose of the vaccine, but most properties are reporting that less than 50% of the staff have taken the first dose of the vaccine that is available here,” she said.
Fraser confirmed that his property is one that has less than 50% of staff vaccinated.
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