Chief Secretary: Let's reopen cautiously

Chief Secretary Ancil Dennis on a jet ski in July. PHOTO COURTESY THA -
Chief Secretary Ancil Dennis on a jet ski in July. PHOTO COURTESY THA -

Chief Secretary Ancil Dennis has urged caution amid calls by members of the public for a reopening of the economy.

In a press release on Monday, Dennis said, "We’ve got to do this in phases and not rush to liberalise too quickly. We are already grappling with economic challenges on the island, and we do not want to add a healthcare crisis to the equation. I’m sure we remember the panic and logistical nightmare created by the lockdown of Tropikist Hotel some time ago. So let’s be cautious.”

Dennis comments came as hoteliers and Buccoo tour operators complained that the partial reopening of certain sectors made no sense.

On Saturday the Prime Minister announced flights to Tobago will be increased from two flights per day to six per day. He also granted permission for tours at the Buccoo Marine Park to resume. However, Dr Rowley said bathing at the beaches or Nylon Pool is still prohibited.

Tour operators and hoteliers have said the restriction makes no sense.

Michael Frank, the owner of Frankie Tours told Newsday on Sunday, "I know he (Dr Rowley) opened the reef but you can’t actually go to the Nylon Pool. So, technically, it does not really make sense because people going on the reef tours to go to the Nylon Pool. That is the key, the Nylon Pool is the key."

The Office of the Chief Secretary on Monday reminded the public that restrictions pertaining to sea bathing are still in effect and advised them to abide by the regulations.


"Chief Secretary: Let’s reopen cautiously"

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