Unvaccinated speedboat operators may be suspended and have their licences revoked if they are found transporting passengers in any part of Guyana.
This is according to a notice from the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD), published on Tuesday on the body’s Facebook page.
As per the gazetted COVID-19 guidelines for the period August 1 to 31, the operators of public transportation, such as minibus operators, taxi drivers, and speedboat operators, will now be required to be fully vaccinated in order to continue to operate.
On Tuesday, MARAD’s notice highlighted that all speedboat operators, including captains, bowmen and monitors are required to be vaccinated against the novel coronavirus that causes the disease, COVID-19.
The body mandated that operators should have their vaccination cards and official identification cards in their possession to produce upon request by designated officers. Face masks must also be worn by all operators and passengers.
Unvaccinated operators are not permitted to transport passengers.
“Failure to comply with these restrictions may result in the suspension or revocation of licences,” the notice stated.