Comfortable rooms, on time meals, lots of food, pleasant and professional staff, are some of the descriptions repeated by individuals quarantined at the Jewels Paradise Cove Hotel in this north eastern Jamaica parish.
Junior M and Monique L are strangers who met on the bus that transported them from the Norman Manley International Airport on Wednesday, May 13, to the Government quarantine facility.
“I hear about the other hotel. I have friends who are staying there. Their experience is bad. But I blame it on bad management,” Junior said.
Neither Monique nor Junior are paying for any of the service they are receiving. According to both, all their basic needs are being met at no cost. They were made aware of this fact before they deplaned.
For many, this was a welcomed sigh of relief as they did not have any money to cover the service fee.
Monique and Junior shared similar sentiments about the clean condition of the rooms. The refrigerators in the rooms were stocked with sodas and water. In addition, perculators with everything needed to make tea were also on hand.
Junior conveyed that “not everybody will say the same thing as me, but let me say I can’t be biased, I can’t blame the Government for nothing at all. They have done their best. I did not know how I was going to eat. I want to say to the prime minister that we appreciate what he has done, based on what he had to work with. And for all the persons that helped us to be here, thank you to all of them.”
Monique agreed, stating that “Aside from the lengthy wait period, the process was ‘seamless’. At the end of the day, we have to be understanding, because the Government could have decided to let us stay where we are and let us fend for ourselves. But they did not do that, they were gracious enough to accommodate us back into the country.”