If there was one person who could truly be called an icon of the travel industry, it was Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart.
TORONTO — The Saint Lucia Tourism Board reports that, based on the impact of a responsible opening plan, traveller pre-testing and on-island protocols, Saint Lucia currently has the lowest Covid-19 rates across the Caribbean region, with 26 cases to date and no deaths.
In response, the CDC has reduced Saint Lucia’s Covid-19 rating to the lowest, Level 1, as one of only eight countries globally.
Saint Lucia is “proceeding with caution” in a phased re-opening program, adds the tourism board. Tourism accounts for 65% of the island’s GDP.
The island reopened to tourism on July 9. Recently the government announced further easing of certain restrictions.
Visitors are now permitted to stay in up to two Covid-certified properties for the duration of their stay. Guests staying at Covid-certified properties can take part in various water-based activities like scuba diving and sailing, following the proper protocols.
Here’s the list of resorts and hotels in Saint Lucia that are Covid-19 certified: Anse Chastanet; Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa; Ladera; Caille Blanc Villa, Cap Maison, Jade Mountain; Marigot Bay Resort, Spa and Marina (scheduled to open in October); Sandals Grande St. Lucian; Serenity at Coconut Bay; Stonefield Resort Villas; Sugar Beach – A Viceroy Resort, Tet Rouge and Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort (scheduled to open Oct. 8).
Several other hotels and resorts are on track to receive certification and will be opening soon, notes the tourism board, adding that Marigot Bay and Rodney Bay Marinas are also open.
“We are encouraged by the figures that currently show Saint Lucia is leading the way in the Caribbean region with the lowest number of Covid-19 cases per capita,” says Saint Lucia’s Minister of Tourism, Dominic Fedee.
Fedee added: “We are certainly not complacent, and the measures we have put in place have helped us to achieve such a positive record. These results will show potential visitors that our responsible approach to re-opening and providing a safe environment for a holiday is a good reason to choose Saint Lucia.
“We have safely welcomed more than 2,000 visitors to Saint Lucia since reopening July 9, and to know that they have had a positive holiday experience here gives us optimism for the future. Due to the changing nature of the pandemic, we continue to closely manage the situation, which is why we have been able to ease some of the restrictions at this time,” he said.
Entry requirements for arrivals to Saint Lucia continue to include:
For more information about Saint Lucia’s Covid-19 response, all protocols and details of requirements prior to entry see www.stlucia.org/covid-19.