Trinidad & Tobago's Government will look at the proposals made by the Yacht Services Association of Trinidad & Tobago for a safe reopening of the industry.
Last week, YSATT appealed to government to relax its border restrictions and allow international yacht arrivals as many have been without an income since the borders were closed in March 2020.
The Association complained that it had written to Government on several occasions but is yet to receive a response.
International boat owners have also been awaiting news on the reopening of borders to retrieve their boats that have been docked at Chaguaramas during this time.
In response to an inquiry by Loop News, National Security Minister Stuart Young said government recognises the hardships currently faced by yachters and will review its proposals.
Young said: “The Government will look the proposals made by the YSATT. We recognise the difficulties, financial and otherwise that COVID-19 brought to many industries including the boating industry.”
He noted that the closure of the borders in light of COVID-19 is driven by advice provided by public health experts and continues to be a crucial part of the Government's response to the global pandemic.
Young said the measure has served to protect the population against the spread of the virus.
He said Government will factor in the quarantine period in reviewing YSATT’s proposal.
“One of the main issues that will need to be factored in when considering the requests of the boating industry is the quarantine issue.”
The Minister, however, assured that Government will look at the proposals made and get back to the Association.
Across the Caribbean several islands have safely reopened to welcome international yacht charters.
YSATT has suggested that Government consider adopting the protocols implemented in Grenada to allow the safe reopening of the industry.