Taxi Drivers To Be Trained As Country Gets Closer To Reopening

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Minister of Tourism Charles Fernandez hosted a meeting on Friday with the president and members of the United and National Taxi Associations to share details of a compulsory Taxi Training initiative to be held next week.

The training exercise forms part of the overall phased approach of the Ministry of Tourism and Investment to re-commence activity in the vital industry in the face of the current threat of the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Minister Fernandez the thrust is to ensure that all industry partners that make direct contact with visitors once the ports are opened are comprehensively prepared to prevent the contraction and transmission of Covid-19.

The training will be done by Chief technical officers within the Ministries of Health and Tourism and will cover information on the disease, its symptoms, mode of transmission, and methods of protection.

Twenty (20) taxi drivers will be allotted to each training session which will be held at the Multi-purpose center next Wednesday and Thursday.

Operational protocols have already been established for the handling of passengers who arrive at the Sir V.C. Bird International Airport. External hand washing stations are being erected which passengers must use prior to entering a taxi. The said passengers must wear a mask for the duration of the transit and no air conditioning should be used during the trip.

Adjustments are also being made to the number of passengers that will be allowed to travel in any one taxi at any time depending on the capacity of the vehicle.

Similar training exercises are in line for Red caps and Hotel workers.

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