Jamaica’s tourism minister says protocols to facilitate the reopening of the tourism industry, which was adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic, have been drafted and are being reviewed by the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

According to a Jamaica Information Services press release, the minister, Edmund Bartlett, made the announcement during Friday’s virtual ceremony at the Ministry’s offices in New Kingston to hand out 10,000 masks to front-line industry workers.

Tourism is among the sectors hardest hit by the pandemic, with several hotels and attractions having to scale down or close operations.

The protocols, which are contained in an 88-page document, will target all segments of the industry including accommodation, attractions, water sports, craft shops, shopping, cruise ports, airports, contract carriage, restaurants and bars.

Bartlett said once the document is finalized and signed off on, “we would have, perhaps, the most rigorous set of protocols that could be available anywhere in the world to protect, not just the workers … but the whole country, as we [look to reopen] the industry when the prime minister announces [that date].”

He also advised that the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the World Tourism and Travel Council (WTTC) will be briefed on the protocols.

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