Posted: Friday, September 18, 2020. 1:35 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: A group of primarily eastern Caribbean countries today opened a COVID-19 “travel bubble” which relaxes restrictions on entry into their territories.
Residents and visitors to Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines will not require PCR testing nor quarantine to visit those islands, according to the Daily Observer (Antigua). These countries are designated “low risk” due to having few or no cases of COVID-19.
Larger Caribbean cousins all adversely affected by COVID-19 – The Bahamas, Belize, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago – are out, as well as associate members Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands and Turks and Caicos Islands.
The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), which developed the criteria for participation and made recommendations on how to carry it out, says countries will be categorized as no cases, low, medium, high and very high risk depending on the rate of positive cases per 100,000 of the population over a 14-day period. It will analyze data to advise on participation in the bubble.
In a special emergency session of the CARICOM heads of government grouping, the decision was adopted in order to help resuscitate the region’s COVID-19 challenged travel and tourism sectors.
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