Jamaica minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett, has warned breaches of Covid-19 protocols won’t be tolerated within the sector.
The feedback observe the controversial staging of a Mocha Fest at Rick’s Café in Negril.
The minister mentioned the occasion was in direct breach of well being and security protocols.
“The Tourism Product Growth Firm (TPDCo), which is a public physique of the ministry of tourism, has acted instantly to make sure that applicable steps have been taken to punish the entity that was in breach of the protocols,” mentioned Bartlett in an announcement.
“I wish to make it very clear that the ministry of tourism won’t tolerate any breaches in anyway of the protocols that we’ve established to facilitate the protected operation of the sector.
“All our companions, native and worldwide, who will interact our tourism product over the following few months – and so long as the Catastrophe Danger Administration Act exists – have to be compliant in all regards,” added the tourism minister.
Earlier in the present day, TPDCo withdrew Covid-19 compliance certification from the venue with rapid impact.
Consequently, the cafe will probably be required to bear a re-certification train to make sure strict adherence to the established Covid-19 well being and security protocols earlier than it may be allowed to simply accept guests once more.
Moreover, the ministry of native authorities and rural improvement has introduced that it has closed the venue for seven days and that the administration of the institution has been summoned to a gathering with officers.
“I’m deeply saddened by the truth that such a breach has occurred, nevertheless, the assorted arms of presidency have acted instantly and firmly,” mentioned Bartlett.
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