Safe and secure place needed

Wednesday September 16, 2020 Written by Published in Health
Tourism Industry Council president, Liana Scott says supervised quarantine needs to take place in a resort or somewhere similar. 20082020 Tourism Industry Council president, Liana Scott says supervised quarantine needs to take place in a resort or somewhere similar. 20082020

Calls for supervised quarantine to be undertaken in a managed facility after breaches.

The Tourism Industry Council is recommending that supervised quarantine takes place in a resort or somewhere similar.

Cook Islands Security says government needs to implement a long-term project for a safe and secure quarantine facility.

These calls come after a Rarotonga woman was ordered into compulsory quarantine for receiving two packets of cigarettes from her nephew, a returning Cook Islander on last Friday’s flight.

On Monday a couple breached their quarantine order by inviting Vodafone technicians into their Nikao property.

Tourism Industry Council president, Liana Scott said the council has always wished for a safe opening of borders and until there is no community outbreak in New Zealand, quarantining is an important part of the process.

“Given the small numbers of returning Cook Islanders, and to be extra safe, I would recommend that supervised quarantining takes place in a resort or similar,” Scott said.

“This has already been successfully rehearsed and will stimulate some revenue for the industry.”

She said the bigger risk for Cook Islands people is to ensure that isolating occurs on the return leg (Rarotonga arrival) of the journey.

“As we have no cases in Rarotonga, and are Covid Free, the ideal situation is that no quarantining should be required in New Zealand, on departure from Rarotonga.”

Cook Islands Security director Chris Denny said it is not a good idea for those in quarantine to be living among the public, but it is common sense to keep them isolated until their quarantine term ends.

“Government only needs to ask Cook Islands Security to organise a small trained security team at 20-30 room resorts selected by CIS,” he said.

“I hear the people screaming for government to do the right thing by them even if they just get this one right.”

Denny said this was also not about a quick fix. “If we fail to protect ourselves from ourselves then what confidence will our visitors have in us to ensure they are in safe hands once our borders do open?” he said.

“Government needs to implement a long-term project for a safe and secure quarantine facilities overlooked by a professional security company - end of story.”

He said if he was given this task to protect Cook Islands people he would get the job done no matter how long it took to welcome families home the safe way.

“If the virus gets out here then it’s too late for me to help.”

1 comment

  • Comment Link robert Wednesday, 16 September 2020 14:27 posted by robert

    If the Cooks in the future has repatriations from locations other than NZ it will require a dedicated quarantine and isolation facility as I cannot see NZ allowing the NZ-Cooks travel bubble (without NZ MIQ for return travelers) to effected if it NZ tourists are at any risk of exposure from Cooks repatriations

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