A Call for Collective COVID Action & What's On...
A CALL FOR COLLECTIVE ACTION AGAINST COVID-19
Photo: Sunset from Island Fusion Restaurant © Alison Sly-Adams

In the words of the now-famous poet Amanda Gorman, “So while once we asked, ‘How could we possibly prevail over catastrophe?’ Now we assert, ‘How could catastrophe possibly prevail over us?’

A phrase delivered as part of a wonderful nation-building poem that gave me pause for thought. We look to our leaders to lead especially through challenging times such as what the world is currently experiencing but rather than do as we are told, we stick up our middle finger, and say ‘Not me’ or ‘Not my problem’.

And while we do that, we continue to harm only ourselves. Antigua & Barbuda has been incredibly lucky to date with regards to our low level of COVID-19 cases, but we need a renewed effort from EVERYONE on our little islands to ensure this remains the case.

Every individual has the power to collectively ensure we don’t allow COVID-19 to send us into catastrophe. The government do not want to impose further restrictions but ultimately they have to look after the health of the nation. If you don’t know their stance, educate yourself with the recording of today’s Cabinet Press Briefing.

If you own a business you have to renew your efforts to work within the protocols. Are you ensuring tables are spaced out, are you ensuring people are masked when they walk around & do you have enough sanitization stations?

If you frequent a business, are you following the rules, especially if you’ve had a drink or two?

If you are in Antigua & Barbuda on holiday are you doing the same? You have been welcomed to our shores but please don’t think that a negative PCR test is enough to prevent you from passing on COVID-19 to our small nation. Be empathetic to the risk to everyone you come into contact with.

We are all in this together, we need each other, so please let’s not have catastrophe prevail over us.

Let’s put on our big girl/boy pants and be responsible and we will get through this together. The alternative is unthinkable. If you are unsure of the rules and regulations, please take a read here.
WHAT'S HOT THIS WEEK
FREE RETURN HOME TEST
Effective January 26th, 2021, Cocobay Resort is offering all guests a rapid on-site COVID-19 antigen test prior to departure for three-night stays and more at no additional costs. Testing will be conducted by certified medical practitioners in accordance with public health guidelines. 
CLEAN AND SAFE CERTIFICATION
Galley Bay Cottages debut their "Clean & Safe" certification, which is a stamp of approval from the Ministry of Tourism and Investment, to show that they are certified to operate in accordance with Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Licensing and Classification Act of 2019.
WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK
TOURS OF CLARENCE HOUSE
Learn Antigua's history from the 19th and 20th century on Thursdays at 3pm
LASAGNA THURSDAYS
Treat yourself to some comfort food and your favourite South African wine at C&C
HAPPY HOUR
A bucket of Kubuli beers & saltfish akra for EC$55, Friday at Dawn's Soleil Kafé
YOGA ANTIGUA
Get your yoga fix this weekend with a choice of classes hosted by Yoga Antigua
CARIBBEAN FUSION TAPAS
Enjoy tapas paired with wine, cocktails or sangria on Thursdays at Salt Plage
SUNSET HAPPY HOUR
Swing by Darkwood Beach Bar for finger food and EC$6 drinks on Fridays
BEACHSIDE DINING
Indulge in a romantic meal for two or take the whole family out to eat at Dennis'
A TASTE OF INDIA
Head to Pillars on Saturday for a 3-course menu with flavours of India at EC$178
PAN AM BASE CIRCUIT RACE
Catch the Wadadli Cycling Academy Opening Race on Sunday at 3pm
HAPPY HOUR DRINK SPECIALS
Double the fun with mojito and wine deals at the larder on Mondays to Thursdays
TOURS & EXCURSIONS
CHASE RENTACAR.COM
Quality vehicles at affordable rates, airport transfers and other services
CALVINAIR HELICOPTERS
Fully-narrated aerial tours and charters in a state-of-the-art Airbus EC130
SIZZLING SPECIALS
VALENTINE'S DAY DINNER RAFFLE
Spend EC$250 on wines & spirits at The Cork & Basket to win a private chef dinner
SAVE 20% ON AN ECO TOUR
Book the Xtreme Tour and Eco Tour with Adventure Antigua and receive a discount
Antigua and Barbuda has extended its State of Emergency curfew until March 31, 2021. Read the latest Travel Advisory for Antigua & Barbuda.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL UPDATES
 
UK: The implementation of a mandatory PCR test taken within 72hrs for all arrivals into the UK has been extended from January 14, 2021 to January 21, 2021 for Antigua and Barbuda.

USA: Effective January 26, 2021, all air passengers arriving in the US from a foreign country must be tested no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. 


CANADA: The Government of Canada requires all air passengers five years of age and older to test negative for COVID-19 before traveling to Canada. Mount St. John's Medical Centre advises that travelers are required to commence the testing process at least 7 days prior to departure date to facilitate an appointment for swabbing.
THE LATEST NEWS
SHIRLEY HEIGHTS LOOKOUT
Affords superb view of the harbours and a perfect setting to watch the sunset 
FREE ITALIAN RECIPE BOOK 
Cambusa launched a cookbook with tasty Italian dishes featuring local ingredients  
ANTIGUANICE REAL ESTATE GUIDE
The latest issue is now available featuring a commercial complex & more properties
BLUE WATERS IMMINENT CLOSURE 
Blue Waters Resort & Spa is closing on 27/1 and is slated to reopen on 1/3
DENNIS COCKTAIL BAR 
A Caribbean restaurant and bar popular with both tourists and locals alike
DARKWOOD BEACH BAR
A great spot for authentic local cuisine with a full line of services for beachgoers
SPONSORED BY
PROTOCOLS FOR TEAM ANTIGUA PAIRS (TAPs) ARRIVAL
Officials issue protocols for arrival that apply to families of TAPs rowers at the Dockyard and encourage supporters to celebrate all the TWAC teams' arrivals virtually
FIRST EVER KITE ROUND-TRIP
Tiger Tyson completes first-ever kite-board round-trip between the islands
RORC TRANSATLANTIC RACE NEWS
Catch up on the 7th edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race with updates here
KEEP ANTIGUA NICE
ANTIGUA MARINE PROTECTION MEASURES
Photo: © Jeremy Holden
Please do not take any marine flora and fauna from Antigua and Barbuda's waters
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