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Cuba scraps “hotel hospitals”; COVID-positive visitors can now isolate at host hotel


Cuba scraps “hotel hospitals”; COVID-positive visitors can now isolate at host hotel
Lessner Gomez, director of the Cuba Tourist Board in Toronto. (Pax Global Media)
Pax Global Media

In a bid to offer higher levels of comfort and ease concerns from testing positive for COVID-19 while in destination, Cuba has eliminated “hotel hospitals” and will now allow positive guests to isolate at the hotel they booked with.

The new policy went into effect on Jan. 8, 2022, and eliminates the country’s previous order, which required travellers who tested positive for COVID-19 while visiting the island to quarantine at a government-designated facility.

Now, these travellers will be allowed to isolate on site at their host hotel “but in a different section or block,” separated from the rest of the hotel, the Cuba Tourist Board explained in a news release sent out on Sunday night (Jan. 9).

Cuba has eliminated its “hotel hospitals.

These spaces, as well, will be being overseen by medical personnel, the tourist board said.

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“It’s great that we are able to accommodate our clients this time around and offer them a chance to follow the isolation protocols on-site, where they can enjoy the same level of comfort as the hotel they chose for their holidays,” stated Lessner Gomez, director of the Cuba Tourist Board in Canada.

“We understand that testing positive while abroad is a big stress for our visitors, so it is very important for us to lessen their concern, and offer for their isolation period, the same type of accommodation, Wi-Fi, food and services they booked for their stay.”

The tourist board also noted that Cuba will give booster shots to its entire population in January in an effort to “keep Omicron at bay,” adding to the country’s already-high vaccination rate.

“As we continue to surf through the present wave, Canadians visiting the island can have the highest certainty that they are not only going to have a great holiday, but also a safer one,” Mr. Gomez stated.

The Cuba Tourist Board can be reached at info@gocuba.ca.


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