Jetsetters ought to bid “adieu” to upcoming St. Barts holidays.
The Caribbean island in style with celebrities will bar most guests starting Wednesday to adjust to coronavirus protocols issued by the French authorities.
However native authorities in Saint Barthelemy, generally often known as St. Barts, are fuming in regards to the new restrictions, The Submit has realized.
“Independently of the need of our native authorities to maintain St. Barts open, the French authorities has simply determined to put in place new preventive measures towards COVID-19 variants,” Nils Dufau, the president of the Tourism Board, stated in an announcement.
Dufau stated that native authorities have been at present “negotiating” with French officers “to ease the entry restrictions and discover an alternate resolution.”
“Now we have managed to maintain it at bay, the state of affairs is nicely managed and beneath management,” he insisted.
Fearing the unfold of extra contagious COVID-19 strains, France on Sunday introduced a ban on all non-essential vacationers from exterior the European Union.
The French authorities on Tuesday additionally imposed journey restrictions on France’s abroad territories, together with St. Barts, St. Martin, Martinique and Guadeloupe.
The laws might put a wrench within the plans of the wealthy and well-known who ceaselessly take pleasure in jaunting off to St. Barts’ white-sand seashores and yacht-filled harbors.
Celebs just lately noticed there included Paul McCartney, Steve Harvey, Mike Tyson and Ramona Singer of “The Actual Housewives of New York.”
As of Tuesday, bikini-clad revelers have been nonetheless displaying off their hedonistic holidays at St. Barts hotspots like Nikki Seashore and Gyp Sea on their Instagram feeds.
However the enjoyable shall be shut down quickly on the island, which has seen an increase in COVID-19 circumstances and has only one hospital.
Beneath the brand new guidelines, anybody wishing to come and go from St. Barts will solely give you the option to achieve this for “compelling causes,” reminiscent of urgent medical, skilled or familial wants, the French authorities stated.
They’ll additionally want to present a destructive COVID-19 PCR take a look at from a minimum of 72 hours earlier than their departure and can want to quarantine for seven days upon arrival.
Vacationers at present on the island shall be allowed to go away in the event that they select.
Dufau stated that whereas the island has “some circumstances” of the virus, it is “fortunately not enduring any epidemic.”