Business View Caribbean | December 2020

3 BUSINESS VIEW CARIBBEAN DECEMBER 2020 O p e n i n g L i n e s D E C E M B E R 2 0 2 0 D ecember 1, 2020 was a date visitors, family and friends had awaited for months to return to the British Virgin Islands – ever since the closure of the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport on March 22 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Beginning that day, travellers returning via multiple carriers through the new re-entry process will undergo PCR testing on arrival day, complete four-day quarantine, get assigned a monitoring device and PCR testing on Day 4. Speaking at the grand reopening of the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport on November 30, Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie spoke about the Territory’s preparations to manage the risk associated with the reopening to protect the lives of residents and visitors. Premier Fahie said, “We have strategically TERRANCE B. LETTSOME INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT REOPENS TO VISITORS revised our legislations, improved our medical facilities with equipment, human resources and other tools needed to ensure that we are equipped to manage your health. Your health and safety remains our number one priority and as such, our people have made adjustments to the way we do business. Our establishments now have washing/sanitisation stations, physical distancing markers; and masks/shields are required on entry.” The Premier added, “Our ports of entry and other high traffic public spaces have improved their infrastructure to include contactless services, hands-free automated doors, protection barriers and more. Most enthusiastic about welcoming back our visitors and friends are our Tourism partners and hospitality businesses. I am proud to say that most of these businesses are now Gold Seal Certified and trained to give world- class safe service during this COVID-19 era. We