Canada Association of Tourism Employees

COVID-19 protocol breaches is not going to be tolerated

Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Edmund Bartlett, has issued a stern warning that violations of established protocols aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the tourism sector will not be tolerated.

  1. Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Bartlett, wasted no time punishing a recent breach of COVID-19 protocols.
  2. A controversial staging took place at the Mocha Fest at Rick’s Café in Negril that did not go unnoticed.
  3. Tourism Product Development Company Ltd. has withdrawn Rick’s Café’s COVID-19 compliance certification with immediate effect.

This was underscored by the minister when the controversial staging of the Mocha Fest event at Rick’s Café in Negril directly violated the government’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

Mr. Bartlett emphasized: “The Tourism Product Development Company Ltd. (TPDCo), a public agency owned by the Ministry of Tourism, took immediate action to ensure that appropriate steps were taken to punish the company for violating the protocols. ”

“I want to make it very clear that the Ministry of Tourism will not tolerate any violations of the protocols that we have put in place to facilitate the safe operation of the sector. All of our local and international partners who will be using our tourism product in the next few months – and as long as the Disaster Risk Management Act (DRMA) exists – must be compliant in all respects, ”added the minister.

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