Step-by-step, day-to-day, journey is changing into tougher for the unvaccinated.
At the moment, Elite Island Resorts, an all-inclusive resort group with 9 motels within the Caribbean and Central America, introduced that it’s going to require all its visitors 12 and older to be vaccinated towards COVID-19.
The brand new rule goes into impact on September 1st at its properties in Antigua, St. Lucia, The Grenadines, Barbados, and Panama.
“After weighing all the alternatives, points, and considerations, mandating vaccines was the wisest possibility in defending the crucial tourism business of those beloved locations that are so essential to the survival of so many workers, and the one manner we can preserve journey and tourism going sturdy all through the autumn and winter,” mentioned Elite Island Resorts Founder and CEO Robert A. Barrett.
Governments and locations have been mulling over the concept of vaccine mandates for a while; and as they do, we’re beginning to see particular person corporations and motels move forward with such policies on their very own because the Delta variant threatens to impression not solely journey, however each day life going ahead.
Nonetheless, selections by resort teams actually spark an even bigger impression, since they contain a number of properties and will set the tone for different administration teams to comply with.
Barrett mentioned that the choice got here from a need to guard and respect the native populations and to not overwhelm their infrastructure.
“Present science tells us that if you happen to’re vaccinated, you’re much less prone to grow to be critically sick, or find yourself taking on a hospital mattress in a fragile medical atmosphere such because the Caribbean the place native assets can’t afford to be overburdened,” he mentioned. “It’s crucial for us to guard the hospitals of those smaller island nations.”
Clearly, the choice to implement a vaccine mandate may not sit properly with some, particularly those that are unvaccinated. Barrett acknowledged the potential backlash of the choice to ban unvaccinated vacationers, however implied that the great would outweigh the unhealthy in the long term.
“Whereas we perceive that information of our vaccine mandate could also be disappointing to pick out vacationers, will probably be uplifting and encouraging to others,” he mentioned. “Journey breeds tolerance and with this choice, we don’t search to divide, as a result of as hoteliers, we deliver cultures and other people collectively. But, in at present’s world, we should contemplate so many extra variables to do this, all whereas respecting the integrity of those lovely islands and the individuals who work in them.”
Elite Island Resorts represents 5 resorts in Antigua (Galley Bay Resort & Spa, Hammock Cove, St. James’s Membership & Villas, Pineapple Seaside Membership and The Verandah Resort); the St. James’s Membership Morgan Bay in St. Lucia; The Membership Barbados in Barbados; Palm Island in The Grenadines; and the Los Establos Boutique Inn in Panama.