Eli Fuller says country must remain open during current COVID outbreak

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Eli Fuller:

The wheels of the economy need to keep turning in order to pay for the huge cost of this impending disaster.

There’s things that can be done to keep tourism going while we enter and sail through this disaster. There are as many ideas as there are people and some make sense and some don’t.

Instead of locking down everything, I think tourists should be only permitted to go to all inclusive resorts for the next few months. They can’t rent cars. They can only go on certified tours that do not take locals.

Tour guides on these tours must get tested weekly while following strict protocols.

Shopping trips must be conducted as small tours where tourists are escorted by guides. If restaurants are to be open for dining then possibly have a day or a night when it’s only for tourists and the others when it’s only locals.

It’s time to have real bubbles and not pappyshow bubbles. We need to be strict and sensible to avoid complete lockdowns.

It’ll take us a month or two to get out of this frightening healthcare situation. It’s time to get tough but let business function if there’s a possibility of them working safely.

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48 COMMENTS

  1. Public health must come before profit. The only way to reduce the number of illnesses and deaths and stop the collapse of the health system is to lockdown. The government knew they needed to do this before now and if they had we would have controlled this by now. Unfortunately the pressure from business has gotten us to this parlous position. Continuing to stay open means accepting even more deaths and illness. Big business needs to help out by providing an allowance to their workers to allow them to stay home and a subsidy to small business.

    • Trinidad had lockdown for months and still had Covid rising day after day. St. Kitts and Nevis went through the same thing. Antigua and Barbuda were open from last year June and controlled and managed it well until disobedience kicked in. We lack persons taking personal responsibility. And no amount of lockdown will help against that. It’s just like stopping people from littering. You need to enforce the law with higher fines and perhaps reward persons that are bringing it to the attention of the authorities. I will not accept other preventing me from making a living because they fail to follow the protocols. The vaccine is free, take it if you want to have a change of surviving Covid. I do not play around with my health and my life, and we need to get serious with people who don’t care. Tourists are our bread winner. And we need to learn to live with the risk that they pose. They come here with a negative PCR test and when we go to the USA with a negative PCR test, we are not harrased and told we are superspreaders. Everyone should follow the protocols.

  2. This was a comment on the PM’s personal Facebook page where he shared the latest dashboard image. My comment was in response to several people calling for a total hard lockdown. We can’t afford to Go that way. It will be as bad for the economy as it will be for health in the long run. I was “spitballing” ideas, as there must be alternatives to a hard lockdown. That’s all. We need to take emotion out and ego out and be very logical while looking at what worked and what didn’t over the last 18 months across the world.

  3. Yea and all over utube Instagram and Facebook are videos of the same tourists showing them all over antigua without any mask, instead of them staying in the so-called biosecure facility. What a joke.

  4. Thankfully, we haven’t elected you as our leader. So who we elected will decide what “should” and will happen.

  5. The Government is not serious because open up without strick policy and policing of business palaces won’t work. the Government’ lock down jolly Beach as a government quarantine facility and sending people home to quarantine and the people are all over the place, Party was keeping all over the place and nobody was shutting them down.

  6. THIS MESSAGE IS FOR Eli Fuller, RATHER THAN YOU TELLING OR BEGGING PEOPLE TO WEAR THEIR MASKS HEAR THE MESSAGE YOU ARE PREACHING , YOU ARE SAYING NO MATTER HOW BAD THE COVID SITUATION GET IN ANTIGUA THE COUNTRY MUST STAY OPEN.
    THOSE WERE YOUR WORDS MR Eli Fuller.
    SO YOU DON’T CARE ABOUT ANYTHING ELSE BUT THE COUNTRY TO REMAIN OPEN SO YOU CAN MAKE MONEY.
    IT’S A SHAME MR Eli Fuller, I HOPE YOU CATCH COVID AND I HOPE YOU DIE FROM IT,
    I MAY SOUND HARSH BUT THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE PREACHING FOR.
    NO MATTER HOW BAD THINGS GET, YOU JUST WANT TO MAKE MONEY PERIOD,
    YOU DON’T CARE ABOUT ALL THOSE PEOPLE AT THE HOSPITAL SUFFERING FROM COVID, YOU DON’T CARE THAT A SMALL INFANT JUST DIED FROM COVID, YOU DON’T CARE ABOUT PEOPLE LOSING THEIR PARENTS AND GRAND PARENTS TO COVID,
    LADIES AND GENTLEMEN ALL THAT ELI FULLER CARES ABOUT IS WHAT HE SAID
    NO MATTER HOW BAD THE COVID SITUATION GET IN ANTIGUA THE COUNTRY MUST REMAIN OPEN, THOSE WERE HIS OWN WORDS, ALL HE CARES ABOUT IS MONEY BUT IF GOD WAS LIKE MAN HE WOULDA LET YOU ELI FULLER CATCH COVID AND DEAD FROM IT AND LEAVE ALL YOU MONEY. BOTH YOU ELI FULLER AND OTHERS WHO ARE GIVING THE PUBLIC BAD INFORMATION ABOUT COVID I HOPE ALL AH YOU CATCH IT

    • Something is seriously wrong with u to say u hope someone catches covid and dies, u must be a really sad human being with no soul to say such nasty nasty things to someone. I really hope u have a good think about what u wrote and realize how awful it really was. I hope just the opposite for u and your loved ones, that you will be safe and not get covid. What kind of people are really out there in this world saying such sad sad things to others, we must do better and not wish awful, hurtful things on others

    • You are such a dumb person, you must be sitting on your brains or you are one of the well off who have enough money and don’t need to work to feed your family. Mr. Fuller is right we all have our families to feed……..and we have to try to work around this Covid, I am a hotel worker with a wife and four kids…..if i don’t work they don’t eat. It is hard very hard and yes Covid is here but we need to do our best to keep this island a float so our children don’t suffer. Lock down is a slow death for us all even you……….or maybe you have somewhere else to go. I don’t my children don’t….if this island fails we all fail…..stop blaming the government, this is not the time for politics…..we need to work together….get Vaccinated……save our island which we all love……save our children it is hard real hard now!

    • I wrote this guy off long ago when he was in his feelings because Weston spoke about empowerment for black people. Mind you, this is a predominantly black country where even the black in the flag represents that. It’s long time this man exists in a bubble and doesn’t care about people.

    • In your rant against Eli Fuller you are so busy criticizing the person and wishing him dead that you failed to mention any alternative for the Antiguan economy to survive and not least of all the detrimental psychological effects from lockdowns…the human species, young and old, are social creatures. Since this country would collapse without a functioning tourist industry how exactly would YOU suggest ALL of us survive whether directly or indirectly without tourism? Bear in mind that the airport would become an almost ghost town, the harbour would follow suit and crime would become more and more out of control as the coffers run dry. It would appear that the covid spreaders are a minority group of ignorant idealists who refuse to respect the guidelines (which includes vaccination) laid out by the Ministry of Health.
      With regard to Eli not mentioning masks, I am sure that was an oversight but I would like to suggest that perhaps practicing monogamy might be even more helpful!
      I agree with Eli Fuller and absolutely am of the opinion that law and order need to enforce compliance of the guidelines and allow businesses, including tourism, to continue functioning in the safest manner possible which will go a long way towards ensuring that the country and all of ‘we the people’ can survive.

  7. Please, someone tell me what Mr. Fuller has or has done to merit the special attention that his pronouncements receive? I mean aside from being a small business owner or being a member of a prominent family.

  8. Oh boy, this is juicy. I am waiting on someone to tell him to stay in his lane, as they told the nappy headed, health qualified person the other day. Come on.

  9. People are such fools, everyone is depending on this vaccine, but yet you forget about your B.I.B.L.E,go back and read about Daniel in the lion’s den, the 3 Hebrew boys,where is your faith for your faith is so big yet it shows nothing. The Most High Yah has shut his eyes of your ignorance, turn your Hard Heart back to him and Repent of yourselves. People think they are doing the right thing, but yet they found a savior in something you’re not sure about. People faith is so so so so small. Everyone i am pleading with each and everyone and especially the leaders, GET DUNG PAN R U KNEES AND START PRAYING, Cuz what is to come Is woe Woe woe Woe woe unto you. My Heavenly Father is merciful if you come back to him.

    • You are pleading with the “leaders”???? You think the secret society “leaders” don’t know what’s going on? Remember one doctor was quoted as saying it’s tantamount to BLASPHEMY to say that covid-19 isn’t real. The Creator already warned us of the cosmic conflict Earth is caught up in taking place each second of the day. Let’s not kid ourselves or forget the ongoung spiritual conflict:

      “FOR WE WRESTLE NOT AGAINST FLESH AND BLOOD, BUT AGAINST PRINCIPALITIES, AGAINST POWERS, AGAINST THE RULERS OF THE DARKNESS OF THIS WORLD, AGAINST SPIRITUAL WICKEDNESS IN HIGH PLACES.”

      Wherefore take unto you the WHOLE ARMOUR OF GOD, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day…”

      You think the “leaders” who enter on the black and white checkered floor don’t know the drill? Ask those who enter Hiram Abiff house. They know what’s up!

    • A few preachers in the USA done all of that. They said their faith will safe them. But in the end Covid send them to their creator. God didn’t give us a brain for nothing. You should know that the laws of Nature still stand. The devil told Jesus to through himself from the hill if he is the son of God and the angles will catch him and make sure he would not even hurt one toe. But you know the story. Stop being an idiot and do not attempt the Lord your God. He gave you knowledge. he gave you a brain. Use it wisely. take the vaccine. That’s what it is there for. It is not the first vaccine in the world. And this is not the first Pandemic either. never thought I would have lived to see one. And I pray to God I will not die because of it either. But who knows? I mean your bible teach you of many instances where people were healed when they either drank water or looked at a snake. Why not consider the vaccine to be like drinking water. if you have suspicion just bless the vaccine before you take it. Or ask your priest to come and bless the vaccine that the congregation will be taking. Cause we all take the blessed sacrament and saying this is my body and this is my blood when we are taking bread and wine. So, if it pleases you bless the vaccine in Jesus’ name. Cause I did. And who God bless, no man curse. And we do pray and bless the food we eat everyday.

      • In that case Mr. RELIGIOUS, I HAVE ONE MISSION FOR YOU. YOU SAID TO TAKE THE VACCINE. THE SAME VACCINE WHICH IS A GLOBAL FAILURE IN STOPPING THE SPREAD OF COVID19. THE SAME VACCINE FROM WHICH MILLIONS OF VACCINATED ARE STILL CATCHING AND SPREADING COVID19. THE SAME VACCINE THAT HAS CREATED FATAL AND ADVERSE HEALTH HAZARDS.
        PRAY ON IT AND BLESS IT AND ALL WILL BE FINE!! SO FLIPPING HUMOROUS!
        WELL I HAVE ONE FOR YOU: TAKE A CUP OF GRAMAZONE, OPEN YOUR BIBLE, PRAY AND BLESS IT, THEN DRINK!.
        IF AFTER YOU HAVE DONE THIS AND I HEAR BACK FROM YOU, THEN I WILL TAKE THE TOXIC VACCINE!!! IDIOTS.

        • Didn’t science tell you that gramazone is poisonous. Then why would you tell me to take it. It’s like I said, science tells you that the virus will kill you not the vaccine. The vaccine will give you a fighting change. If you don’t believe it will, then you take your change with the virus. Good luck in the meantime.

  10. The ideas that Mr. Fuller shared could have worked if our society was a discipline and educated society. Unfortunately we are not Mr. Fuller. When you see the vaccinated parties. That lil clip at the hotel, tourist patrolling the streets of st. John’s without a mask and the police does nothing but harass the local man that jave a mask on but might not be covering his nose the brilliant ideas you shared would be useless. When u saw the vaccinated party video and the police stands there and does nothing this is the reality that comes out of it. The constant hipocracy is the reason why we are in this position. How can we be advocating for testing for unvaccinated persons alone in the workplace when the vaccinated contracts and transmit the Virus as well? So unvaccinated persons testing twice monthly only for a vaccinated person to come to work without being tested to infect that unvaccinated person?
    Who’s coming up with these ideas? Makes no sense. Unless we not really looking for solutions.

  11. You may not agree with the man, and I don’t either, but to wish death on him is really going too far, in my opinion.

  12. You are such a dumb person, you must be sitting on your brains or you are one of the well off who have enough money and don’t need to work to feed your family. Mr. Fuller is right we all have our families to feed……..and we have to try to work around this Covid, I am a hotel worker with a wife and four kids…..if i don’t work they don’t eat. It is hard very hard and yes Covid is here but we need to do our best to keep this island a float so our children don’t suffer. Lock down is a slow death for us all even you……….or maybe you have somewhere else to go. I don’t my children don’t….if this island fails we all fail…..stop blaming the government, this is not the time for politics…..we need to work together….get Vaccinated……save our island which we all love……save our children it is hard real hard now!

  13. If and when the government decides to institute a full shutdown again, 90% of public sector employees should be sent home for two months without pay leading up to the shutdown. I would like to believe that public sector employees would understand that a reduction in the public sector is one of the few ways the government would be able to survive another shutdown.

    • Boss where you tend to come up with this crap from. Go down the line and tell me how the knock on effects supposed to play out. What then happen to the financial institutions for instance that these people owe, land lords etc..nearga and dem box hand. How you as an economist can come up with such crap. No wonder you were never considered a bright bulb.

  14. Like tourists are the only ones bringing the Covid. Just want remind you that most of the travellers are vaccinated and without vaccine they cannot travel. If you don t want local and expat mix tell them to stop sleep together……..

    • I rebuke you and your anti-vaxxer friends in the Name of Jesus, and plead the blood over you. You are out of order. You are sowing confusion. Be careful you are not an agent of the Death Angel. I bind you up in the power of the Holy Spirit, in Jesus name.

  15. The local anti-vaxxers are the root of the problem, not the tourists who are all fully vaccinated. As for Fuller, put your mask on and social distance for your own safety, sir.

  16. fuller is about the money people they have a least five to six vaccine taken it u still can catch the virus as for now all who a encourage people to take vaccine u all should stop cause I knew people that take it died

  17. Its amazing that a man has voiced his opinion about the lock downs and he has received such brutal, scathing and repulsive attacks!. Shame on a lot of you.
    The reason behind most of these asinine comments is because a lot of you are all brainwashed puppets of systemic propaganda! You do not vigilantly read, research and then evaluate the platforms of truth and falsehood. So many of you are still trapped in the ‘Animal farm’ satire. “Comrade Napoleón is always right”.
    Take your brains out of your asses even for a day and get enlightened. Vaccines or no vaccines, meaning specifically the present batch of vaccines being used, this covid19 pandemic will not change. It will not subside. Unless of course, the public starts being serious on upgrading their immune systems and taking natural and herbalistic alternatives.
    Leave the dame country open!!!

  18. Born Antiguan IF I AM A dumb person, sitting on your brains THAT IS BECAUSE YOUR MOTHER DID A VERY BAD JOB REMEMBER YOU AND I HAVE THE SAME SAME MOTHER AND HER BLOOD FLOWS IN YOU AND ME.
    OUR Genetics IS defective THAT IS WHY YOU HAVE ALL THE BRAIN AND I AM SITTING ON MINE.
    THOSE 4 CHILDREN OF YOURS THAT YOU SPEAK OF THEY ARE FROM OUR defective DNA.
    SO DONT BLAME ME IF I AM SITTING ON MY BRAIN, BLAME OUR MOTHER CAUSE WE DO HAVE THE SAME MOTHER AND THIS SAYS MORE OF HER THAN OF ME .

  19. Who feels it know it all who calling for lock down ah one bunch of bad minded mfs. Them bread well butter on both side so they don’t give a rats ass about the people who have not worked for over 18 months. Them act like tourist one have covid what about all them party and gatherings that are reported but police nah do shit but we quick to blame tourist. What about personal responsibility we nah do that but quick to blame tourist. Me ah beg government please people now only starting to catch back themselves so just enforcement the damn protocols and mek people earn their damn living please cause I can’t take lock down and feed my hungry kids and pay bills.

  20. You know the USA never had a lockdown. But we have seen people suffer economically. And that is not because of tourism. But because businesses had to close. People displaced because they cannot pay their rent. They cannot buy food. we have seen the long line of people going to Food Banks. I have not seen one food bank with people in long lines in this country. Because the government and many other NGO’s and businesses stepped up. Food basket up until today are being given out to people that need it the most. yes, I’m calling some organizations by name; the Jumby Bay homeowners, Mill Reef Club, Rob Barrett and his companies, Calvin Ayre, the Halo Foundation, and many more. They have been giving Food packages to the needy every month. Now people calling for a lockdown, what have they done for the needy. Have they put things in place to feed all these people when the country is locked down? Or is this just politicking. Hoping that the lockdown will cause more suffering and therefore more problems for the government to face with less revenue to run the affairs of the state. Covid is here to stay, and we better learn to live with it. Follow the protocols and protect yourself and others. And must of all. Get yourself vaccinated before it is too late for you.

  21. As if ELI FULLER dnt have enuff money…… more than enuff money as 1 of the most successful excursion providerz…
    All Eli ever cares about is ELI FULLER & family …he hates Black Antiguans and find them to be nuiances unto themselves and the country …he once said Black Antiguans lazy asf…..

    • Where does this Fuller guy come from anyway? Some say it’s an old Antigua family….how old, does it go back to the time of the enslavement of Black people, to the plantocracy? Sounds like a big capitalist to me??? Can somebody give us a little backgound to these people????

      • Hes DR FULLERS brother …where they ORIGINALLY originated from its not ANTIGUA but i believe most of their lives they have lived in ANTIGUA they both were schooled at SJA…they never lacked im sure they never went to bed hungry had everything handed to them…
        All ELI EGOTISTICAL SELF ALWAYS CONCERN IS ELI.
        WOE IS ELI…..IF HE HAD HIS WAY NOBODY BUT HIM WOULD DO EXCURSIONS ….. WATER SPORT NOTHING!

      • The Fullers parents came from the USA. They owned a Hotel and Night Club at Dutchman’s Bay south of the former USA Naval Air Station at Coolidge. The name of the Club was Bucket of Blood. The family as I remembered tried to build a hotel at Morris Bay,Old Road. The two small cottages sat there unfinished for decades.

        • What do you mean tried to build a hotel, do you even know the name of the hotel that was built or are you talking out of your ass again??? The hotel was named calaloo and it was a very successful hotel that was run for many many years by the Fullers, not a single cottage was left unfinished, so please get your facts straight before you write bs on here about stuff you clearly have no idea about. Also there were many cottages, not 2. He also had a second hotel named the lord Nelson which was a highly successful hotel. Anyways let me not further embarrass your fooly self anymore than you have already done yourself, by reading these comments it really shows how many uneducated loud mouth people we have right here in antigua, for your own good maybe it’s better to keep your mouth quiet if you don’t know what you are talking about, stay in your lane, hahahaha…..

          • I would bet you $5,000 that the Fuller Parents were building a Hotel at Morris Bay down from Curtain Bluff Hotel. The two cottages sat there for years unfinished. That was a Beach we went to,on a regular basis to include Church Picnics. Bet me and let us see who win.I would give my winnings to Charity.Put your damn money where your big mouth is located.

      • So if u want to comment and sound somewhat educated which U obviously r not, let me educate your very uneducated self. Let’s hope u r not an Antiguan bc if u r then that’s a very sad situation on ur part for not knowing what goes on in ur own country, the same country which u seem to be so defensive over and r clueless about, lol. The Fullers are a very well known family in antigua, especially Dr Fuller, who rowed the Atlantic and was on the first boat ever to represent antigua and row the Atlantic and complete it successfully. So to come on here and blab your big uneducated mouth and show your racist ways and have no clue what goes on in ur own country says a whole lot about u. Instead why don’t u go read up and educate your backwards self about what happens right here on this very island that you talk about. Also, btw, Eli is not dr fullers brother, Eli is dr fullers nephew, smdh, run ur damn mouths and know not jack about what happens in “ur” very own country, u r an embarrassment. Educate yourself.

  22. I swear the rich ONLY cares ONLT 4 THEMSELVES

    THANK YOU IT WAS WELL SAID BETTER THAN I DID I SAY NO MORE !!!

  23. This is what’s happening, before we can fully open up the country, the government wants to see more discipline from the majority. Think about it, we’ve managed to slightly prevent overload of our health care system, with the implementation of this partial lockdown. The risk that we all face if the island fully opens up, is the obedient minority suffering by putting their trust into the disobedient majority, which will play a high factor of spreading the virus, and overloading our only hope for survival, which is our health care system. If this happens, then you’ll see true hypocrisy towards the government. The disobedient majority would never take the blame, but quickly point their fingers to who executed the idea, in the first place. If what you suggested is implemented and fails, it will be way more chaotic than what’s happening now. If your plan fails, the disarray of the island would strike fear, it will cause triple more extreme mental break downs, suicide and madness than we are even seeing presently.

    P.S. Think it over again, this is coming from accurate statistics of our Caribbean culture, have you witnessed our carnival? We are wild people! The government fears this

  24. Red kool aid, you clearly are an idiot, clueless about what u run your mouth about, there were way more than 2 cottages and when it was operating every one of those cottages were finished and rented and loved and enjoyed by the renters. Lol, never ceases to amaze me how uneducated loud mouth people think they know so much. They r the loudest noisiest ones with the least knowledge of things going on right around them, smdh

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