antigua taxi operators

Antigua Training Taxi Operators on New Protocols

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - May 29, 2020

The pandemic means the entire Caribbean tourism industry has to adapt its practices — and that includes the on-island transportation industry.

Accordingly, officials in Antigua and Barbuda have begun training sessions for taxi operators focused on passenger safety and “minimizing occupational health risks.”

The program provides taxi drivers with key information about the novel coronavirus, how it is transmitted and what is expected of drivers to “minimize their risk of infection, and protocols they are expected to follow to protect their passengers,” according to the Antigua and Barbuda Ministry of Tourism.

“The taxi operators and their passengers are required to wear masks at all times and we are insisting that the operators clean and disinfect their vehicles as often as possible especially after dropping off passengers and we want them to pay close attention to surfaces that are touched often by passengers and sanitize after each trip in preparation for the next passenger,” said Dr. Adelle Blaire, Sustainable Tourism Officer within the Ministry of Tourism and Investment and Liaison Officer for the National Office of Disaster Services in the Tourism Ministry.

Antigua is training some 280 taxi operators who operate at the island’s airport and at hotels across the destination.

“We want our guests to feel comfortable and at ease knowing protocols are being followed while they are being transported”, Dr. Blair Said.

— CJ

Popular Posts pupusas belize

In San Ignacio, Belize, The Art of Adventure (And Pupusas)

The sizzle is calling you. In the early morning, corn tortillas stuffed with cheese and beans and meat sing a particularly strong siren song.  It could be that perfect blend of dough and heat, or the aroma. It might just […]

Delta Is Adding More Nonstop Curacao Flights, Citing “Booming Demand”  

the beach at the avila hotel in curacao

Curacao is hotter than ever, with a wave of new hotels and record-breaking tourism numbers. And just a few months after Delta made its long-awaited return to the island, the carrier is adding even more flights.  The reason? What Delta […]

Marriott Is Opening a New Resort in Turks and Caicos 

turks and caicos marriott flyover

South Caicos is a pristine, beach-filled, untouched eight-square-mile gem in the heart of Turks and Caicos’ “sister islands.” While the island is already home to the popular Sailrock Resort, little South Caicos is about to get a boost from the […]

Related Posts pink sand beach

The Bahamas Is the Caribbean’s Hottest Spring Destination 

The Bahamas is the most popular destination in the Caribbean for spring travel, according to a new report from travel insurance company Squaremouth.  The Bahamas was the only Caribbean destination to make the top 10 among the most popular destinations […]

Saint Lucia Is Getting a New Luxury Beach Resort  

cas en bas

Even if you haven’t been to the island, you’ve almost certainly seen Saint Lucia’s most famous imagery — the Pitons, around which stand most of the destination’s most luxurious resorts. In recent years, though, the island’s northern tip has been developing […]

Why to Visit Nassau and Paradise Island in The Bahamas Right Now

walking on the beach in nassau

Just take a short stroll around downtown Nassau and you see it. On one corner, a sparkling new Margaritaville-branded resort anchoring a new mixed-use development. A few steps away, a cutting-edge gallery by one of The Bahamas’ greatest artists. Just […]


Sign up for Caribbean Journal's free newsletter for a daily dose of beaches, hotels, rum and the best Caribbean travel information on the net.

No. Thank You