No more accommodations at OTI for COVID-19 quarantine

By MyVue Staff Reporter

Basseterre, Monday, 14th June 2021, (MyVue the start of the quarantine program after the confirmation of COVID-19 cases in St. Kitts & Nevis in 2020, the Ocean Terrance Inn, (OTI), at Forthlands, Basseterre has been used as one of the facilities providing accommodations for arriving passengers.  

It has also been the preferred site of housing for returning students, many of whom were accommodated on a complimentary basis, facilitated by the government, while returning nationals were usually granted special low rates.

However, officials at the COVID-19 Task Force have formally announced that the hotel will no longer be an option and those with bookings have been asked to make other arrangements.

On Saturday, 12th June, Task Force Chairman, Abdias Samuel, stated at a media briefing that the OTI has temporarily suspended all quarantine services until further notice.

He, however, did not provide details to explain what led to the suspension.

Samuel revealed that the OTI “…is no longer providing quarantine services at this moment until further notice. I am appealing to all persons who would have had reservations until the end of July to make reservations with other quarantine sites or vacation-in-place sites.”  

The list of accommodation sites to which incoming visitors have been re-directed includes Park Hyatt St. Kitts Christophe Harbour; Royal St. Kitts Hotel; the St. Kitts Marriott Resort and the St. Kitts Marriott Vacation Club; Koi Resort, as well as the Four Seasons Resort and Paradise Beach in Nevis.

Samuel assured that these hotels have accepted the special terms and conditions negotiated on behalf of those citizens and residents who had previously reserved the OTI for quarantine or vacation in place.

For those guests currently in house, Samuel stated that persons in quarantine or isolation there can still receive food from persons on the outside.

Anyone having a challenge being facilitated, Samuel said they should call the closest police station to notify them and seek the relevant permission if they have to go beyond the curfew hours.

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