The owners of Rollezz Villas Beach Resort are prepping their property for life in a post-emergency orders Bahamas, when the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) threat has been substantially dampened.
Co-owner Yvonne Rolle said Rollezz is going back to basics with a chalkboard menu, is reorganizing dining space to adhere to social distancing protocols and has armed each of its rooms with sanitizers.
“We are just waiting for when the government says everything is ready to go and safe,” said Rolle.
“We are here doing whatever little thing we can do to enhance our place for when we open.
“I think people will be looking for places that are not so heavily crowded. Cat Island doesn’t have that many people…so I believe people coming here will find it very comfortable, very safe and are actually looking forward to that.
“Everybody wants to be safe. When the government decides, then we will go ahead and welcome guests.”
Rolle said the resort has continued to get inquiries from travelers, even a request for a room for this month.
“We have had guests inquiring as to when we will open. We have had persons inquiring, who were looking to come in May and we have inquiries for June and September. We answer each one and let them know that once the government gives the okay for our border to be open internationally, we’ll let them know.”
The emergency orders have been lifted for some southern islands; Cat Island continues to wait for its day.
Cat Island’s administrator, Neil Campbell, said the island’s residents are ready to move outside of some of the COVID-19 emergency orders, specifically the curfew still imposed on some Family Islands.
He said Cat Islanders have strictly observed the emergency orders and the island continues to be free of COVID-19.
“There is really no level of discomfort to us, but persons would like for the orders to be relaxed in order for more flexibility with their movements during the evening time,” said Campbell.
“We are far beyond the threshold of the two-week period if there was a potential COVID-19 case here. We feel satisfied that there is no one within our district who would be demonstrating symptoms of COVID-19.
“It’s all within the prime minister’s purview…so throughout each day and each week we comply.”