COViD - Tobago closes down again

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Having seen the number of cases more than double in recent weeks Tobago has shut down again 'hopefully for the short term'.

No flights will be allowed in.

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I completely understand but so sad, as we miss Tobago. We’ll be back as soon as it’s possible and it will be at some point! Just got to hang in there.
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If schools are 'likely' to be closed until 31st December, that indicates the possible fate of the tourist high season for 2020/21.

The April spike, I understand, was caused mostly by repatriation. T&T crushed it with very strict but effective measures. This second spike has trebled the case count. I have a Trini friend who was stuck in the UK since February and was repatriated on 8th August so this could be the cause again although I am aware that a number of Venezuelans seeking citizenship in T&T could be part of the problem in addition to illegal immigrants.

Some blame appears to be directed at the relaxing of restrictions during the elections ... hmmm ... I don't know.

It's the same the world over ... prematurely easing restrictions and then having to pay a potentially higher price.

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There are still very few community acquired cases and it is, as Paul notes, returnees bringing the virus with them.

Quarantine for returnees is rigid, organised and mandatory but inevitably some cases slipped by. Reports of community infections caused by irresponsible actions have, to date, proven largely unfounded but some people have been engaging in risk taking behaviours and the roll back of the restrictions was relatively swift and seemingly proportionate (given the success of the previous interventions), in my opinion of course !

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Hello Paul

The Dodo has been described as a very stupid bird and that is why some theorise that it is now extinct.

I see a link here to the methods that various Governments are using to handle the pandemic and protect their populations. There is no world order and there are variations according to which country you are in, despite the weak WHO's efforts.

Right now in the UK you can meet anyone in a restaurant but you cannot visit them in their home #-o. Also, we are getting used to the 'with effect from (date) you cannot ...', which implies that you can carry on going around infecting people until the new rule comes into effect.

T&T did very well with their very strict measures and they are starting to re-impose those measures having relaxed ... too soon?!? But it seems likely that the recent repatriations have spoiled the good work.

Ironically, T&T is now on the UK's quarantine blacklist with the UK having contributed to the repatriation to an unknown degree.

Can you imagine what would happen if tourists from around the world were allowed to visit T&T?

I know it will hurt (and I won't like it either) but T&T need a tourist origin blacklist at the very least or a complete ban on foreign visitors until the pandemic is well over, not just in T&T ... but everywhere.

Without a vaccine this is a longer term issue.

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I would be happy to quarantine for 2 or 3 or 6 weeks . . . but my situation is different as we have a home to go to.

But it is all just a dream because I am from the very worst Dodo country and am rightfully blacklisted.

I will keep dreaming . . .

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CONDOR: May I ask that people write to condor as I did !
They responded within the hour and my letter was copied to the board, i.e. those responsible for flight schedules and planning!!
My letter below:
"To: [email protected]
Betreff: Tobago?

Dear Condor

You are no longer showing Tobago in your schedule?
The Condor flights have been essential for the many travellers who wish to visit our island which we now call home!
German citizens love Tobago for what it is , an island Paradise not an overpriced resort island. Without Condor the tourism ‘industry’ will find it very hard to exist and the many European travellers will lose the opportunity to see what has become the ‘jewel in the crown’ !
Please reconsider the decision to cease flying to Tobago!

Chris Runciman"
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Hear, hear, Chris. I will certainly do this myself. Hopefully others will read your post and do the same. Fingers crossed!
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Has Condor just ceased bookings for Tobago only because of the lockdown?

If we look at the other side of the coin, BA are taking flight bookings which is also a matter of concern. I appreciate that they are a business and they need to keep trading but if the flight is cancelled from new bookings due to powers outside BA's control (i.e.; Tobago is still refusing visitors) then BA can say they are not responsible and you may not get a refund. In addition, other means of compensation or insurance may not cover the loss.

On a more positive note, T&T are reportedly increasing flights between the Islands from 2 to 6 per day and reopening the Buccoo Marine Park ... see this link ... https://newsday.co.tt/2020/10/11/tobago ... coo-tours/

A step in the hopeful direction. I also see that the recent COViD outbreak in T&T is reducing ... we shall see.

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Hi Paul

Nothing official has been posted yet, but my latest information is that they have basically dropped the service whilst the borders are closed. I appreciate the difficulties all these airlines are facing, but accepting payment for flights/bookings that may never be able to go ahead and then subjecting the customer to the hassle and delay whilst trying to get a refund is almost nothing short of criminal in my opinion.

Anyway, Condor are clearly being more honest about it and so have 'dropped' the service until the situation clears. I understand that when the T&T border open to flights and overseas visitors, the service (which is shared with Grenada) will resume. Fingers crossed that this will be soon, although I'm not holding my breath.

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I think you will find that the boats can go out to Nylon Pool but you have to stay on the boat! Err?
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HaHaHa ... i guess we must protect the fish from COViD ... we wouldn't want a rogue snorkeler infecting the beautiful coral fish would we?

But I wonder if, in this relatively short time, there has been any rejuvenation of the coral gardens anywhere in Tobago as a result of less tourism.

I sense that nature has everything to gain from the absence of human interaction.

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