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Posted: Sunday, June 28, 2020. 8:40 am CST.

By BBN Staff: Tourists have threatened the Government of Antigua and Barbuda with legal action over its COVID-19 protocols, calling the requirements a violation of their rights, reports the Antigua Newsroom.

An article, published yesterday, that some tourists are threatening to sue the government over a requirement to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival into Antigua, while others who tested positive are threatening to sue because the government has not allowed them to catch the flight they booked for the day after testing positive and has instead placed them in isolation. These tourists claim that those protocols are violating their rights.

Antigua’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne said that the threatened litigation has prompted a review of the COVID-19 policy with a view to change it making the COVID-19 test mandatory before tourists arrive in Antigua.

Antigua and Barbuda, a sister CARICOM nation to Belize, has managed to keep its COVID-19 situation largely under control with only 65 confirmed cases and one death, despite reopening its borders since June 4, 2020. The situation could be a cautionary one for the Government of Belize, which announced last week that it will reopen the Philip Goldson International Airport on August 15.

 

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