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Callous treatment

As we grapple with a pandemic that has caused so much havoc around the globe, it is important to take a look at the practices of the Grenadian Government in its effort to manage this crisis.

At best, the quarantine guidelines for individuals visiting Grenada are haphazard and inconsistent, and at worst, illogical and mean-spirited. It pains me to come to this conclusion but the recent experience of a family member who is visiting Grenada is a case in point.

My family member left the United States on December 19, 2020 and in compliance with Grenadian regulations arrived in Grenada with a negative COVID-19 test in hand. The purpose of the trip was to spend the Christmas holiday with a very small circle of family and friends on the island of Carriacou after enduring a trying year.

All the necessary protocols were followed and he was subjected to a 5 day quarantine mandated by the government – although before departing the United States it was stated only 4 days would be required – all at his own expense.

He was also told that a COVID-19 test would be administered on December 23rd and if the result was negative, he would be allowed to leave for his final destination on December 24th. No one showed up to perform the test on December 23rd and no one contacted him with an explanation for the delay.

An individual eventually arrived to perform the COVID-19 test and he was assured that the results would be provided within 24-48 hours. As of the date of this correspondence, 10 days after landing in Grenada and with the Christmas holiday over, my family member remains in isolation with expenses continuing to accrue and no resolution from government authorities.

Other travelers that arrived on the same day and even days after that were processed and sent to their final destination. It is clear that the quarantine procedures in place are not being applied in a fair and equitable manner.

In addition to significant delays and complete lack of communication, on the evening of December 27th my family member was informed by the Hotel that they received his clearance and he could leave the hotel and continue on to his final destination.

After arranging for transportation to Carriacou, which is extremely limited, with suitcase in hand on the following morning my family member was told that his paperwork could not be located and that if he left there would be a fine of $l0, 000.00. It has now been 10 days.

Many residents of the Grenadian diaspora are being treated poorly, especially the travelers with Carriacou as their final destination.

This correspondence is to alert everyone of this gross mismanagement.

It is my sincere hope that the Grenada Government will take the necessary steps to fix this broken system immediately and not subject Grenadians and visitors alike to such callous treatment.

Lydia Andrew

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