Ready to reopen on July 22, Beach Enclave Turks & Caicos Passes Team-wide Wellness Screening
#PROVIDENCIALES, TURKS & CAICOS (July 2, 2020) — In preparation for its highly anticipated reopening on July 22, Beach Enclave Turks & Caicos recently completed a team-wide wellness check conducted by Grace Bay Medical. Each member of the Beach Enclave team successfully passed the assessment, confirming that the luxury villa-resort operator is approved and ready to begin welcoming back residents and guests. This comprehensive screening, including daily temperature checks, will become a required pre-shift routine for all associates.
“While we are eager to reopen our doors, our priority continues to be maintaining the health and safety of our guests, residents, team members and local community,” said Beach Enclave Founder and CEO Vasco Borges. “This new daily health screening is an important first step within our greater health and sanitation plan. By safeguarding the wellbeing of our team and guests, we can protect Turks & Caicos’ reputation as a safe tourist destination and ensure its longevity, which is essential to the livelihoods of so many in our community.”
For more information on Beach Enclave’s health and safety initiatives, please visit https://www.beachenclave.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Beach-Enclave-COVID-19-FAQ.pdf.
ABOUT BEACH ENCLAVE :
Beach Enclave redefines beachfront luxury living in the Turks & Caicos Islands through its three unique locations, all strategically positioned in private enclaves on the islands’ most beautiful beaches. Each beachfront location showcases breathtaking ocean views and enjoys the island’s gentle trade winds. Beach Enclave North Shore debuted in November 2016 with a combination of six beachfront and three ocean view villas. Beach Enclave Long Bay opened for rentals in November 2018 and offers an intimate collection of five beachfront villas. Beach Enclave Grace Bay broke ground in February 2018 and will open Winter 2020-2021 – the with four beachfront and six ocean view villa resort is the first opening on world’s #1 Grace Bay Beach for ten years.
Woman dies on Tuesday; 32nd Covid Death for Turks & Caicos
By Dana Malcolm
#TurksandCaicos, January 20, 2022 – The Turks and Caicos has recorded its 32nd death related to COVID-19.
The person, who we are told is a special needs young woman – was unvaccinated and had underlying medical conditions.
The death rate in the Turks and Caicos of both vaccinated and unvaccinated persons has climbed alarmingly this year. In the 21-month period from March 2020 when the country recorded its first case to December 2021, there were 26 deaths recorded in the TCI.
In the 19 days since the start of 2022 that number has increased to 32; which means six deaths already in January.
Cruising should slow down says PAHO
By Dana Malcolm
‘Slow down on Cruising’, that’s the word from the Pan American Health Organization, PAHO in their latest recent press conference.
“In the context of intense transmission, due to the Omicron variant as we have highlighted several times. It is just logical to suspend or at least limit the cruise ship traffic as an outbreak on board might end up exceedingly high and probably will go beyond the capacity of local health services”
Both the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos are experiencing a massive uptick in cases and several warnings regarding cruise travel have been issued by the US Centers for Disease Control.
Cruising just resumed for many regional countries this past Summer, Turks and Caicos was among the latest to restart on December 13.
A stop to sailing would be devastating to economies, however, ports of call like Grand Turk which are reeling with rocketing case numbers of COVID are urged to consider the suggestion of slowing down on ships by PAHO.
Understanding Sargassum with help from the TCI’s Department of Environment & Coastal Resources
By Sherrica Thompson
#TurksandCaicos, January 20, 2022 – Sargassum, also known as seaweed, is a natural brown macroalga that lives in temperate and tropical oceans of the world. The floating micro eco-system is important to many species, including baby turtles, little crabs, and tiny fish. All these animals use the floating rafts of the sargassum for protection, shelter, and food.
Over the years, sargassum has been increasing its quantity in the Caribbean due to climate change. As water temperatures increase, sargassum blooms, and as this continues, it occurs in large amounts. This can be dangerous for some marine life because when seaweed washes up on the shore, some species become trapped in the sargassum mat.
“In the Turks and Caicos Islands, we have not seen the full severity of sargassum blooms. Our neighbours in Bonaire, for example, experience up to six feet of sargassum, and they have found stranded dolphins, sea turtles, and sometimes even birds,” said Amy Avenant.
“When the sargassum washes up on shore, it starts to decompose, and when it decomposes, it emits methane, and that is the stinky sulfuric eggy smell that you can smell when you walk past it on the beach. It is a bad thing for climate change because of the methane, but it is not harmful to your health.”
Turks and Caicos saw this in extreme amounts in October; so severe, resorts were forced to bag and bury the stinky seaweed which for over a week covered the usually sandy white stretch of Grace Bay beach.
Avenant noted that in the TCI, we have a balance between managing the influx of sargassum and impacting the areas where it lands because its influx is correlated to the cycles of the moon.
She also said sargassum can be used as a fertilizer in farming. If you collect it, the advice is to spread it out and ensure you wash the excess salt off before adding to your gardens or farms.
There are also hidden dangers and habitat threats to the piles of sargassum on shorelines.
Avenant informed, when you see sargassum on the beach, ensure you watch out for wildlife that might be stuck and species which might have made a home of the ocean’s deposit which has washed up, this is heightened on rocky shores.
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