by Clive Bacchus
St. Kitts-Nevis (WINN) – The Four Seasons Resort Nevis, in response to a request from WINN, on Monday (March 15) issued the following statement on reported quarantine violations committed by guests staying at the hotel:
“This past weekend, guests of a group visiting Four Seasons Resort Nevis violated “Vacation in Place” guidelines and in accordance with local protocols were placed in a government isolation site. Additionally, the government suspended the “Vacation in Place” designation for the remainder of the group. The Resort has been in full cooperation with local authorities from the time we were made aware of the violations. We take all government-issued Covid-19 regulations seriously and actively communicate all relevant information to guests both prior to and upon arrival to ensure they are aware of local regulations. The health and safety of our guests, residents, employees, and community remain our top priority.”
The COVID-19 Task Force announced that members of the Tour Group are now confined to their rooms and cannot vacation in place until an investigation is concluded.
To the issue of the quarantine breaches, the National COVID-19 Task Force said Sunday (March 14) that as a result of two security breaches, and the fact that the eight guests may have come into contact with a number of local individuals at a nightspot on Nevis, an aggressive contact tracing exercise has been started by the Ministry of Health.
This process will result in the quarantine and testing of the individuals who may have been exposed to the eight guests of the resort, in an effort to control the spread of infection should any of the eight guests test positive for Covid-19, the Task Force declared.
The Task Force said its investigations have revealed that the first of the two incidents occurred on Thursday evening (March 11) and involved two (2) guests who illegally left the resort’s premises for approximately two (2) hours.
The second security breach took place after midnight on Saturday morning (March 13) and involved six (6) guests who also managed to leave the resort’s compound without authorization.
The individuals have been removed from the Resort and are now in a Government quarantine facility while they await a hearing before the magistrate court to answer charges of breaching the country’s quarantine regulations.