After being under lockdown as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, Jamaica is reopening its borders for international travel.
During phase one of its reopening — from June 15 to June 30 — the country is implementing a comprehensive and stringent set of safety protocols.
Hotels will have to take the temperatures of staff at the beginning of each shift, place hands-free sanitizer dispensers or hand washing stations at the entrance, and sanitize elevators at least once every 60 to 90 minutes.
Restaurants have been asked to reduce their seating capacity to 70 per cent to maintain social distancing. and on beaches and near pools, umbrellas and chairs have to be kept six feet apart and parties are limited to 10 persons or less.
And to make sure people are following the rules, there will be a physical distancing officer patrolling the beaches.
“Tourism is the lifeblood of our local economy, and with the help of international experts and a dedicated task force, we have developed protocols that allow us to safely reopen our borders,” Donovan White, Jamaica’s director of tourism, said in a statement,
“We are confident that as we restart our economy, Jamaicans will work together to ensure a safe, secure and seamless experience for our tourism workers, their families, and visitors, while preserving the authentic experiences travelers seek when they visit our shores.”