At a press briefing held earlier today, the Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis announced that the twin island nation expects to reopen borders in October 2020. This would allow for the resumption of air and sea commercial traffic carrying international passengers.
In conjunction with the borders reopening, the Prime Minister said that the islands’ major hotels remain committed partners to the tourism sector. The St Kitts Marriott Resort and Park Hyatt St Kitts will reopen in October 2020. The Park Hyatt’s Fisherman’s Village reopened last week Friday, August 7, 2020.
Koi, a Curio Collection by Hilton hotel, will reopen in the fourth quarter of 2020. The Royal St Kitts Hotel is currently operating with reduced capacity. The Four Seasons Resort Nevis will soon announce reopening plans.
In preparations for the borders reopening, the relevant ministries and tourism authorities are conducting training for over 5,000 tourism industry stakeholders across both islands. The training programs aim to educate stakeholders in the health and safety protocols and standards that must be met in order to obtain the “Travel Approved” certification and seal from the respective authorities which will allow them to operate.
The phased reopening is being implemented with the advisement of the Chief Medical Officer, the Medical Chief of Staff and additional medical experts. At their advice, St Kitts and Nevis has successfully flattened the curve with the fewest number of confirmed cases in all of the CARICOM independent states at a total of 17 with 0 active cases and 0 deaths to date.
This is a direct result of the Federation’s “all society approach” and adherence to established protocols including social distancing, handwashing and mask-wearing that remain in place.