Easing Of Travel Restrictions For Saint Lucia
Saint Lucia Government officials announced they will begin to ease specific visitor restrictions. Saint Lucia began a phased re-opening of the island, which included opening two properties that gained a COVID certification to house guests for at least a week before they could move to a non-certified hotel. Guests are now allowed to take part in scuba diving and sailing, but these visitors must remain in the same hotel for the duration of their stay.
Several hotels have now been given COVID certification, including Bay Gardens Beach Resort and Spa, Anse Chastanet, Cap Maison, Caille Blanc Villa, Serenity at Coconut Bay, Tet Rouge, Stonefield Resort Villas, Windjammer Landing Villa and Beach Resort, and Jade Mountain. This is not a comprehensive list, and some hotels are opening in October with COVID certification. It is all part of the phased re-opening where only a few hotels were available, and now more will be available. Rodney Bay and Marigot Bay Marinas will also be opening soon.
Saint Lucia has dealt with 26 cases of COVID-19, with no deaths. They have the lowest numbers across the entire Caribbean and hope to keep it that way. As an added benefit for visitors, the CDC reduced the COVID-19 rating for Saint Lucia to Level 1. Only eight countries have this level.
The Minister of Tourism stated they are encouraged by the figures that show Saint Lucia is keeping the spread of the virus under control. Fedee further stated they are not complacent about care and safety. It is their protocols that are keeping the island safer, and they hope to welcome more guests in the future. So far, 2,000 visitors have come to the island since re-opening in July. Fedee believes all visitors had a positive experience, and he is optimistic about the future.