The management of Five Islands Water and Amusement Park is questioning why the establishment has not been given the green light to resume operations after investing heavily in tools to observe all COVID- 19 health protocols.
Following the fallout, hundreds have been left unemployed and now an uncertainty looms over the future of the business.
For the past several months there has been no splash of activity at the popular hub for water lovers in Chaguaramas despite management’s best efforts to not only comply but exceed COVID- 19 protocols.
During an interview with Guardian Media yesterday, director Richard Smith stressed that all steps were taken to safeguard patrons.
“When you enter everyone is temperature checked twice, with the hand machine and then we have the thermal temperature check which records your face which can contact trace with our 200 CCTV cameras throughout, at the wash basin sinks we have removed the lever instead of using your hands its now a foot pedestal,” he said.
While the Five Islands Water and Amusement Park has been brought to a standstill, hundreds of thousands of dollars have been injected to meet the requirements in hopes that business would resume, but it’s a hope director Smith said fades with every passing day.
He said, “Three officials from the ministry of health visited the park and they were very impressed with our protocols and everything we had in place, after the visit they made a few recommendations, all of which we implemented and we are saying from December 11 to now there has been no communication to us, we are ready to open, we want to open and we don’t see any logical reason as to why we can’t open.”
According to Smith, not being able to generate revenue has led to the painful decision of parting with employees, “I think it has impacted over 400 employees and their families of course because it’s not just them impacted.”
Smith is now calling on Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh to revisit the regulations and extend a lifeline to water parks that have implemented measures to address COVID- 19 concerns.
“We can operate in a controlled manner and I am not saying to close the beaches because people need to relax but they need to do it in a controlled and disciplined manner which will allow things to be more opened up over time, what we are saying are parks needs to reopen at reduced capacity with all protocols in place.”
Under the current Public Health Regulations, it is considered an offence to operate a water park or amusement park.