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Barbados to refund persons for delays in COVID-19 test results

Published:Monday | January 11, 2021 | 4:29 PM
Barbados Tourism and International Transport Minister, Lisa Cummins - Contributed photo.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – The Barbados Government has announced that it will be offering refunds to tourists and visiting Barbadians who have been affected by delays in receiving their second COVID-19 test results.

Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Senator Lisa Cummins, said her Ministry had received correspondence highlighting the financial impact on persons who were in accommodations beyond the expected time as a result of delays in receiving their results.

“I wish to announce that if your results are outstanding beyond 72 hours, the Government of Barbados will cover the cost of your hotel room until you are able to get those test results. We will be covering those costs,” she said during an update on Saturday evening.

She further explained that the refund applies to “over 230 persons” who had been affected by the recent backlog at the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory.

Cummins said the decision to refund accommodation costs was made after consultation with the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and the Ministry of Tourism.

“Many of us travel, we have a budget; we’re travelling and we know we’re going to be in a hotel; we’re expecting to stay for four days or five days and we budgeted for that.

“In this instance, we have a number of people who have written us to say ‘we have been in our hotel room for seven days, and we budgeted for four or five days … and we have no more money, and we don’t know where to go.  We don’t know what to do’,” she explained.

In addition to refunds extended accommodation costs, Cummins revealed that travellers who didn’t get to see the country are being offered the opportunity, if they are so inclined, a paid return trip to Barbados.

“We know most of you want to be able to come back because you didn’t come here to stay in your hotel room. We appreciate you for respecting our quarantine rules … and staying in your room, but we want to offer you an opportunity to come back.

“If you want to have an opportunity to come back to Barbados … because you’ve not gotten your test results and you’ve not been able to leave your room we want to invite you to make contact with us again and we will be welcoming you back to Barbados. We will be offering you a return trip to Barbados again once this is all over,” Cummins announced.

She emphasised that Barbados had a long history of hospitality and of welcoming people to its shores.

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