IN JEOPARDY: BHTA president warns against apathy and COVID fatigue injuring tourism industry rebound – EyeWitness News

Posted: April 21, 2021 at 9:24 am

We have come too far to veer off courseCDC raises Bahamas travel advisory from level three to more serious level four

NASSAU, BAHAMAS Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) President Robert Sandy Sands yesterday warned that this nation cannot allow apathy or COVID-19 fatigue to jeopardize tourism industry gains in recent months, noting we have come too far to veer off course.

Sands acknowledged in a statement yesterday that as the country was taking a step in the right direction with the distribution of vaccines, the Center for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) re-designation to level four status from warning level three for its COVID-19 Travel Health Notices was not a step in the direction The Bahamas wants to go.

Sands went on to reiterate how important it was for Bahamian citizens, residents and visitors to continue to adhere to established health and safety protocols.

The BHTA [and] our private and public sector tourism partners continue to emphasize how vital it is that we do not let our guard down, said Sands.

The measures we have deployed thus far have worked in our favor social distancing, mask-wearing, hand washing, to name a few. Now is not the time to celebrate a victory because we have not crossed the finish line.

We can and will get there, but we must continue to deploy practicable common-sense steps: adhere to proven protocols and comply with rules and regulations put in place to mitigate the spread of the virus. These, along with a robust vaccination strategy, are key to our ability to avoid the massive resurgence so many countries are facing right now.

Sands stated: We have come too far to veer off course at this critical stage in our journey to a full and sustained recovery.

He praised those who have contributed to the countrys success in controlling the spread of the virus, namely the Bahamas government, the Bahamas Ministry of Health, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, private sector employers and employees, entrepreneurs in the hospitality industry and beyond, and Bahamian citizens and residents.

Sands said: I have personally spoken to taxi drivers, tour operators, owners and operators of small, medium and large businesses who are so grateful that business is coming back, so happy to return to work and provide for their families once again.

We cannot allow apathy or COVID-19 fatigue to jeopardize all that we have accomplished, the sacrifices made by so many. Hope is on the horizon; we need to continue to be vigilant in our efforts to combat this virus.

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