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The National Conservation Commission (NCC) has reminded beach vendors to observe all COVID-19 protocols as they recommence their operations.

NCC Special Projects Officer, Ricardo Marshall, encouraged licensed vendors to implement safety precautionary measures to secure the health and protection of clients, beach visitors, in general, and themselves.

To this end, as part of their return to work, all beach vendors, whether they operate a food and beverage operation or provide beach chairs, umbrellas, kayaks, surfboards and similar services to beach-users, are expected to strictly observe the following protocols:

  • Wash and/or sanitise hands frequently.
  • Wash, rinse and sanitise food contact surfaces, food preparation surfaces and beverage equipment after use (using a food-grade sanitiser).
  • Vendors should wear a face mask when interacting with clients in accordance with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) guidelines.
  • Vendors must comply with physical distancing protocols.
  • Vendors must sanitise their hands and rental items before and after each use.
  • Beach chairs must be placed at least two metres or six feet apart.
  • Clients who are members of the same household may sit together.
  • The maximum number of chairs to be utilised per vendor at any given time is 20.
  • Any items such as towels, disposable cloths, tissues etc. should be carefully removed. However, gloves should be worn and appropriately discarded thereafter.
  • Items referenced above should be put in a plastic rubbish bag and tied when full. The plastic bag should then be placed in a second bin bag and tied ready for disposal.

Mr. Marshall explained that these safety measures would not only help stop the spread of COVID-19, but were also in-keeping with recommended best practices.

melissa.rollock@barbados.gov.bb

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