With the country’s borders closed now for almost one year, Trinidadians are looking to their sister isle Tobago for a quick vacation over the upcoming Easter holidays.

And by the figures reaching the Health, Wellness and Family Development division- it’s going to be a packed weekend. That’s why officials are urging citizens to be cautious.

“We’re constantly in collaboration with our stakeholders and they have indicated we have an expected occupancy for the upcoming Easter period of 98 per cent of our villas, 76 per cent for apartments and 67 per cent for the hotels,” Tobago County Medical Officer of Health Dr Tiffany Hoyte said during a press conference on Wednesday.

“We definitely welcome everyone but we also would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone COVID-19 still remains an active threat to the health and the wellbeing of citizens of Trinidad and Tobago. The public health measures and the COVID-19 protocols are there for the benefit of everyone to protect everyone so let us continue to work together and adhere to the protocols in order to minimise exposure to the COVID-19 virus,” she added.

Asked by Guardian Media Limited whether the division anticipated any spike in cases and had begun preparations, Dr Hoyte said: “We collaborate closely with our tourism stakeholders as well as our stakeholders in the TTPS etc.”

“So we are doing sensitisation to our hoteliers and we’re also doing sensitisation to our reef tour operators because we recognise that persons have started to try and resume full occupancy which is not supposed to be the case,” she said.

The Ministry of Health’s Epidemiology Unit’s technical director Dr Avery Hinds reminded citizens to refrain from travelling if they are feeling ill.

“Although we know it goes without saying we still need to make sure that we reemphasise that very important public health precaution,” he said.

The last case of COVID-19 to be recorded in Tobago was on March 3.