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Ministry of Health quarantines yet another person at Grenada’s airport

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Health officials have placed another Grenadian in quarantine, bringing to four, the total number of Grenadians quarantined in the past week.

The latest traveller, identified as a student, left mainland China and landed at the Maurice Bishop International Airport (MBIA), just after 9 pm on Saturday. On arrival, Ministry of Health personnel, port-health, immigration and airport officials acted swiftly to isolate the individual from the general population at the arrival area.

In keeping with established protocols, as soon as the aircraft landed, it was boarded by a port-health officer, who informed the flight’s captain of the concern. The student was screened and interviewed by medical personnel.

A review of the student’s travel documents by immigration officials verified that the individual left mainland China on 7 February 2020, hence the execution of the mandatory quarantine order on arrival in Grenada.

Faced with a rising number of affected persons, China has enforced strict TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS, particularly from the area identified as the epicentre of the Coronavirus outbreak, to help contain the spread of the disease.

The Government of Grenada has also taken proactive steps to restrict travel to the country by persons who were at risk of exposure to the virus within the last 14 days.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has since declared the Coronavirus outbreak, a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

Meanwhile, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Francis Martin explained that the measures currently being implemented by the Ministry of Health, are intended to safeguard the best health interest of all Grenadians. The Ministry of Health commends all frontline personnel engaged in this national public health response, and reiterates its fullest support for them.

Health authorities are also reminding the general public, that while the risk is still low, they should continue to exercise caution and practice proper hygiene.

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Covid-19 press conference, 09 April 2020

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Government of Grenada addresses economic fallout from Covid-19 pandemic

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The Government of Grenada is sparing no effort in addressing the economic fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic.

This assurance came from Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Dr the Right Honourable Keith Mitchell, as he hosted his most recent press conference, in which an extension of the 24-hour curfew was announced.

Dr Mitchell said, “The staff at the Ministry of Finance continues to work on rolling out the economic stimulus package, which is designed to help provide a buffer for businesses and workers that have been hardest hit by the crisis.”

14 measures were outlined in the stimulus package, announced on 20 March 2020 and some persons are expected to start receiving benefits by the end of this month.

Under the stimulus package, qualifying hotels, restaurants and bars and travel agents will receive a percentage of their existing payroll. Although the workers are the ultimate beneficiaries of this measure, the application must be submitted by the business establishment.

Qualifying businesses are advised that the payroll support must be used for that particular purpose and NOT for any other aspect of their business operation. Employees will be expected to certify receipt of payment at the end of each month in which the benefit is applicable.

With respect to income support for public buses, taxi drivers, tourist vendors and other such identified hospitality-based industries, efforts are being made to contact those affected directly with a view to facilitate payments.

All payroll support and income support payments will be by direct deposit to the bank account of qualifying persons and businesses.

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Blue Light Distillery commits to the fight against Covid-19 in Grenada

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Many spirits and liquors producers across the Caribbean are mobilising efforts in response to the growing need for sanitising solutions which are critical to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.

Grenada-based Blue Light Distillery also joined the fight against the virus.

The company, run by Jim Jardine that initially manufactures gin, is one of the beneficiaries of the INTERREG Trade Enhancement for the Eastern Caribbean (TEECA) project, which is coordinated by the Chamber of Commerce of Martinique (CCI Martinique) along with the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), the Territorial Collectivity of Martinique and the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export).

Sanitisers became scarce or impossible to find in supermarkets in Grenada, as soon as the first case of Covid-19 was confirmed on the island on 22 March 2020.

The handmade gin brand Blue Light Distillery decided to embark on the manufacture of antiseptic solutions based on alcohol and aloe vera in response to this unprecedented situation. As of 24 March 2020, the company began to produce 100 bottles of 500 ml per day to supply the supermarkets.

The director of Blue Gin Distillery, Aaron Salyer, explained its decision to revamp the production from hand-crafted gin made with wild Canadian juniper berries to hand sanitisers made with alcohol and aloe vera.

“Blue Light Distillery decided to manufacture hand sanitisers for 2 reasons. First of all, we have access to the high percentage alcohol necessary to make the antiseptic products which are essential in the fight against Covid-19. It also enables us to keep the business afloat during this crisis. Tourism plays a big role in our business. However, bars and hotels are closed, and cruiseships no longer dock in Grenada because of the pandemic,” Salyer said.

The director of Blue Gin Distillery also indicated that donations of sanitisers were made to senior citizens’ facilities and to people who are most affected by poverty on the island. The curfew introduced in Grenada on 30 March and the ban on the sale of alcohol has also impacted the young company founded in 2018.

The involvement in the fight against Covid-19 enabled the only hand-crafted gin manufacturing distillery of the island to survive while praying for the end of the pandemic and the return to normal economic and tourist activities in Grenada.

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