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CARICOM-Member States Plan to Open External Borders by June

Oliver Joseph, Grenada’s cabinet minister with ministerial responsibility for CARICOM, said that the plan is for CARICOM-member states to open external borders for regional travel only and not international air traffic for the first phase of reopening borders, which is tentatively set to be enforced in June.

“What we are discussing is to first allow regional travel — that is, travel within the islands such as travel between Grenada and Trinidad or between Trinidad and Barbados,” said Joseph, who recently chaired the 50th meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development, according to a report in Now Grenada. “We are not looking at having international carriers come to the island yet.”

During the virtual meeting, the council approved a strategy for the reopening of economies in the Caribbean community. The council is made up of trade ministers and officials agreed to a framework centered on the development and adherence to defined metrics related to the COVID-19 virus, which will guide in the reopening process.

Grenada’s borders, as well as many regional ports of entry and exit, were closed in March as part of efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. Like Grenada, the contagion was introduced to the country by infected travelers from the United Kingdom and the United States in mid-March. Grenada’s index case was a 50-year-old woman who traveled from the United Kingdom.

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