The Valley, Anguilla, May 6, 2021: Today the Government of Anguilla announced that the island’s borders will reopen to visitors on May 25th, 2021. This is following a month-long closure for the effective management of a cluster of active COVID-19 cases, identified on April 22nd.
In light of the successful containment of this recent cluster, and the progressive vaccination program on island, The Government of Anguilla has reduced the quarantine period to seven (7) days for visitors who are fully vaccinated; meaning visitors who have had their last dose of vaccine administered at least three weeks before arrival on island.
“We suffered a temporary setback when we had to close our borders on April 22nd,” declared the Hon. Parliamentary Secretary Tourism, Mrs. Quincia Gumbs-Marie. “We acted swiftly and implemented a number of proactive measures to manage and contain this cluster of infections, along with an expanded vaccination outreach. The result is that we are confident we can now safely reopen while protecting the health of our residents and visitors.”
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“Anguilla remains a desirable and sought-after destination, which is reflected in our solid forward bookings for the Memorial Day weekend and beyond,” stated the Director of Tourism, Mrs. Stacey Liburd. “We look forward to welcoming back our many repeat guests and introducing a host of new friends to Anguilla, who will discover for themselves what makes our island a Beyond Extraordinary destination.”
The Ministry of Health and Health Authority colleagues initiated aggressive contact tracing to identify every individual within the recent cluster. As of May 6th, 1,460 persons have been tested, and of those 64 positive cases were identified. All individuals identified were placed under quarantine and monitored throughout their recovery. The government also expanded vaccination sites island wide in a concerted effort to achieve the stated target of 70% of Anguilla’s resident population, which will drastically reduce the possibility of viral transmission. As of May 5th, 2021 there were 8,007 registered persons for the vaccine, of which 7,332 persons had received their 1st dose, representing 58% of the target population number of 12,600 persons. Thus far, 3,173 persons have received their 2nd dose.
The Government of Anguilla continues to update both its citizenry and the tourism community on the status of the pandemic on island in regular briefings broadcast live on its Facebook page.
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