5 additional tourism businesses get conditional approvals to reopen

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Adel’s Resort [Photo taken from Adel’s Resort Facebook Page]
The Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) has announced that five additional tourism establishments have been granted conditional approvals to reopen.

Adel’s Resort, Aracari Hotel Inc., Castle Royale Hotel, Splashmin’s Fun Park and Surama Eco-Lodge can now commence welcoming travellers and their guests to their properties based on the guidelines tied to the National COVID-19 measures and GTA’s recommended Hygiene and Sanitation protocols.

To date, 63% of Interior Lodges and Resorts, and 43% of Tour Operators have received conditional approvals to reopen.

In accordance with section 6 (6) of No. 19 gazetted COVID-19 Safety Measures, the GTA, with no objection from the Ministry of Health and the National COVID-19 Task Force, grants a conditional approval for the reopening of these establishments and permits:

Adel’s Resort
● Hosting of Guests for Day Tours and Overnight Stays
● Tour activities such as nature walks, bird watching, etc
● Recreational activities on the beach and in rivers and creeks such as canoeing, boating trips, swimming, etc.

Arcari Hotel Inc.
● Provision of Accommodation Services
● Indoor/Outdoor Dining at the Restaurant and Bar at the Hotel at 60% Capacity in keeping
with guidelines for restaurants and bars, ie, Kiskadee Restaurant – 210 pax.
● Hosting of workshops, conferences and other events in conference facilities at 60% capacity in keeping with guidelines for restaurant/bars
○ Conference Space – Macaw Hall – 60 pax
○ Conference Space – Conference Hall – 120 pax
○ Conference Space – Mini Hall – 9 pax
● Gym activities at 50% capacity by appointments – 7 pax

Castle Royale Hotel
● Provision of Accommodation Services
● Dining at the Restaurant and Bar at the Hotel at 60% capacity
○ Outdoor Space (Veranda/Patio) – 12 pax in keeping with guidelines for
restaurant/bars
○ Lounge area – 20 pax in keeping with guidelines for restaurant and bars

Splashmin’s Fun Park
● Hosting of Guests for Day Tours
○ 60% or 36 Huts/Benabs with 6 persons max per hut to be used to minimise mass
gathering. Each visiting group must be kept separately.
● Hosting of guests for overnight stays
● Tour activities such as nature walks, bird watching, etc
● Recreational activities on the beach and in rivers and creeks such as kayaking, jet skiing,
swimming, etc
● Hosting of Workshops, conferences and other small events in conference/dining facilities at 60% capacity as follows:
○ Conference Room – 60 pax in keeping with guidelines for restaurants/bars
○ Beach restaurant and bar – 36 pax in keeping with guidelines for restaurant/bars
○ Roof garden – 30 persons in keeping with guidelines for restaurants/bars

Surama Eco-Lodge
● Hosting of guests for day tours and overnight stays
● Tour activities such as nature walks, birding watching, etc
● Recreational activities on the beach and in rivers and creeks such as kayaking, boating trips, swimming, etc
● Hosting of meetings, workshops, conference and other small events in dining meeting
facilities at 60% capacity
○ Indoor – 36 pax in keeping with guidelines for restaurants/bars
○ Outdoor – 36 pax in keeping with guidelines for restaurants/bars

Director of the GTA, Carla James-Vantull has reminded all establishments that “they must
maintain the protocols as outlined by the GTA and the National Gazetted measures to operate in a safe way during the pandemic. Monitoring and enforcement activities are done by several agencies on-site and virtually.”

She warned that failure to adhere to these measures will result in the revocation of the conditional approval tied to the COVID-19 measures and one (1) month suspension.

“Recognising that tourism and hospitality businesses have been and continue to be impacted by the pandemic, we are confident businesses that have received their conditional approval will enforce the national safety measures accordingly,” she said.

Meanwhile, the GTA explained that it continues to provide training and technical support to tourism establishments to help them attain the conditional approval to operate safely under the national emergency measures.

Travellers are also reminded to use only those tourism businesses that have been GTA- approved to ensure that the required safety measures are implemented for a safe travel or dining experience.

A full list of these businesses (tourism accommodation establishments, interior lodges and resorts, and tour companies) that have received conditional approval can be found on the GTA’s Facebook profile under the albums titled “Safe for Travel” and “Safe for Dining”.