An aerial view of Georgetown, the capital of Guyana (File photo)

Guyana’s Ministry of Public Health cautions against early reopening

An aerial view of Georgetown, the capital of Guyana (File photo)

Guyana’s Ministry of Public Health yesterday advised the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) that the reopening of the country’s airports to international travel should be moved from August 1 to August 28 instead.

GCAA’s Manager of Aviation Security Abraham Doris made the disclosure during Thursday’s first stakeholder consultation with the Tourism Recovery Action Committee (TRAC).

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Doris confirmed that the GCAA has not taken a decision on the Ministry of Public Health’s recommendation. However, he underscored that GCAA is continuing its efforts to monitor the prevailing COVID-19 situation within the Caribbean region and the United States of America where sharp increases in the virus have been documented.

During a presentation to stakeholders, Doris also shared that the aviation regulatory body has maintained a robust approach to ensure small and large aviation operators comply with the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and regulations implemented by the GCAA.

“We have developed extensive checklists,” Doris stated. “That allows us to ensure there is sustainability, consistency and compliance,” he explained.

Some of the SOPs and regulations in effect govern sanitisation of passengers, airports and airplanes; social distancing onboard aircraft and at the airports; and disinfection of luggage and screening of both incoming and outgoing passengers.

The Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) and the Eugene F Correia International Airport (ECIA) will continue to welcome a limited number of repatriation flights, provided the National COVID-19 Task Force (NCTF) indicates its approval.

The Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Guyana. (File photo)

To date, the NCTF has approved the repatriation of approximately 1,800 Guyanese since the halt on international travel through CJIA and ECIA. So far, citizens have returned from the USA and parts of the Caribbean.

Thursday’s stakeholder consultation also included presentations from the Guyana Police Force and the Ministry of Public Health.