RED CAPE – The Tourism and Social Welfare Commission of the House of Representatives held an eye view on Tuesday at the Combate Beach Resort and Boquemar parador, in Cabo Rojo, to review the COVID-19 protocols and the security measures implemented for protection of visitors and employees.
The president of the Commission, Néstor Alonso Vega, together with officials from the Department of Health and the Tourism Company, made a tour of the facilities of the inn to verify that they comply with the provisions in the Executive Order to operate 30 percent of capacity, and address industry-related concerns.
“In this parador we were able to verify that they comply with the COVID-19 protocols and added other measures to guarantee the protection of guests and employees in the recreational areas of the facility. It is important that facilities like this, which are necessary to reactivate and strengthen the tourism sector, are rigorous with their protocols in order to advance in the control of contagions and to be able to increase the capacity of the important operation for the local economy. This in which the vaccine against this deadly disease is approved “, expressed the representative Alonso Vega in written communication.
The owner of the inn, Tomás Ramírez, explained to the Commission that they have established rigorous measures as part of their protocols. He explained that a station was established to monitor temperature and attend to the screening of visitors and employees. He said different alternatives were established to offer breakfast and meals in the rooms by limiting the number of people in the room enabled to eat, and using biodegradable packaging. Rooms are disinfected using UV light, as are room keys. They require the use of masks in all areas. It specified that guests can only remove it when they are in the pool.
Jesús Hernández, from the Research Office of the Department of Health, indicated at the end of the visual inspection that “we are happy to know that we have people, businesses and inns that are complying with and exceeding the protocols that are required.”
“We are going to be punitive when we have to be, and obviously, we are going to be flexible and help those businesses. There are businesses that in a certain way ask us for our help, and we are going to help them to establish the necessary protocols. But those who are acting illegally and knowingly that they are harming the health of the people of Puerto Rico, we are not going to give up our role, ”Hernández reiterated.
For his part, Manuel Santiago, regional director of Porta del Sol, indicated that the Tourism Company continues to visit the inns to ensure that they comply with the required measures.