Villa owner tells protesting villagers – ‘Trust us’

Namatakula villagers during a protest at the Coral Coast in Sigatoka yesterday. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

AS villagers along the Coral Coast protested the opening of a quarantine facility in “Covid-free” Sigatoka, a tourism property owner has reassured the proposed containment area will pose no risk to locals.

Blue West Villas owner Craig Delamare said they had taken all the necessary precautions in offering their facility to the Health Ministry as an isolation and quarantine facility beginning today. “Please trust us,” he said.

“Our Government, whether you like them or not, has asked for our help and we have prayed over it and we believe that we would be un-Fijian to deny them this assistance.

“We promise each and every one of you that you will absolutely not be in any danger from our facility.”

The property was scheduled to begin housing primary contacts of Covid positive cases.

Yesterday, villagers from Votualailai to Namatakula protested the decision by hoisting placards along the Queens highway and along village boundaries.

Mr Delamare said, “I am aware of the objections but we are doing this as a socially responsible gesture.”

He said they were unable to consult with the public because social gatherings were not permitted, but they had posted notifications on their Facebook page.

“We take everyone’s health seriously and especially our own and we would absolutely not do this if we did not believe that we could maintain 100 per cent safety.”

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