The Ministry of Tourism and Culture has instructed all operators in the tourism and leisure industry to have their staff fully vaccinated ahead of the tourist season. 

“Operators who fail to heed this directive, shall be rendered unsafe to partake in the upcoming tourism season.

“Equally, any business entity within the designated TDA that employs unvaccinated staff in contravention of this directive shall be rendered unsafe and unfit to operate in the tourism season and shall not be licensed by The Gambia Tourism Board or any Government Agency to operate a business,” Mariatou Ngum, communications officer for the Tourism Ministry said in a statement.

“Therefore, tour and hotel operators, bars and restaurants, casinos and nightclubs, swimming pools, foreign exchange bureau, taxi-cab operators, salon and barbershops, gymnasia, fruit vendors, boutiques and guest houses and lodges, tourist guides, bird watchers, boat owners, guest houses, camps and lodges, travel agent operators , beauty and massage palours, mini/supermarkets, museums and art galleries, juice pressers, horse riders, equipment hirers, upcountry tourism facilities, cultural and historic sites and tourist markets within the Tourism Development Area (TDA), are strictly instructed to comply with this directive,” she added.

Reporting by Adama Makasuba

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