We are currently Covid-free and we have lost our Tourism income, why take the risk? When Covid-19 can be airborne?
In China three families dining in the same restaurant caught the virus; in a choir in Washington state 45 people got infected and two died despite no contact and everyone keeping their distance.
There are many factors around this virus that scientists still do not understand – we should have complete quarantine.
In New Zealand, a passenger travelling from Australia did 14 days managed quarantine in an inner city hotel, off ground level, no other contact.
When he went to the Cook Islands motel at the airport for another 14 days, he was allowed more interaction with others quarantined although they kept their distance. Now at the Edgewater they are in villas of five people.
Why aren’t they in the upstairs individual rooms, there are plenty to go around?
A woman left Rarotonga in March tested positive five weeks later; health officials intimate she may have got it in transit in New Zealand. This is the risk for our returning locals, transiting through the airports, with others.
For all the safety precautions, some can be missed – how do we know it hasn’t happened with this group?
Why didn’t we wait and see if there were any cases after 14 days, before we allowed close interaction?
They haven’t been here long enough for symptoms to appear. We don’t even know if what has been done has worked. Less than two days into opening our borders and we allow 300 guests next to those quarantine for Mother’s Day.
Puaikura are doing security. I’m sure they do a fine job but with human nature, people as we know, will allow friends, or be lax at times, it’s a risk.
Edgewater have the quarantine contract. Why not allow the other venues around the island to share the financial input they desperately need.
We are in unknown territory, we should’ve waited to see if the process was successful before we went back to normal!