COVID-19 Community Testing Schedule: DECEMBER 2020

 

COVID-19 Community Testing Schedule: DECEMBER 2020

 

The Ministry of Health wishes to provide the general public with the Covid-19 community testing schedule for the month of December.

 

This service continues to be operated on a “first-come-first-served” basis and is free of cost. Participants are asked to bring a government issued ID (NIB, Driver’s License, Passport etc.), and a pen to complete registration forms. The public is reminded to maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet and to wear a face covering/mask (covering both the nose and mouth) when visiting any of the facilities below:

 

Grand Turk: Every Wednesday, between 2pm-4pm at the Gazebo (Pond Street)

 

South Caicos: Every Wednesday between 9am-12pm at the Primary Healthcare Clinic

 

North & Middle Caicos: Every Wednesday between 9am-12pm at the Primary Healthcare Clinics (Kew, Bottle Creek & Middle Caicos Clinic)

 

Providenciales: The Mobile Clinic will be parked at the locations below between 10am-1pm:

 

Friday, December 11th 2020                          Downtown Ball Park (Drive Thru)

 

Friday, December 18th 2020                          Downtown Ball Park (Drive Thru)

 

Please note that any changes to the schedule will be published on the Health Promotion and Advocacy Facebook page and on social media.

 

Anyone with symptoms or signs of Covid-19 is asked to remain at home and call the Covid-19 Hotline on 232-9444 or 333-0911. The signs and symptoms of COVID-19 are; fever, headache, dry cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea, joint pain, loss of taste and loss of smell.

 

Remember to always practice the following safety measures; wash and sanitize hands frequently, maintain physical distance (at least 6 feet apart), cover your cough and sneezes and wear a face covering when in public and avoid crowds.

 

For further information, please contact 338-5474.

 

 

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Press Release: Ministry met with Executive team of the Ritz Carlton Resort

Press Release: Ministry met with Executive team of the Ritz Carlton Resort

Honourable Vaden Delroy Williams, Minister with responsibility for Ministry of Immigration, Citizenship, Labour and Employment Services, accompanied by his Permanent Secretary Mr. Desmond Wilson, Deputy Secretary Mr. James Astwood and the Commissioner of Labour Mr. Edwin Taylor, accommodated a fruitful introductory meeting with Senior members of the soon to be opened Ritz Carlton Resort, Providenciales, on Tuesday 17th November, 2020.

 

The meeting which got on the way at 2:00 pm was held at the office of the Premier with the following persons: Mr. John Hazard, Mr. Corey Guest, Roberto Spita and Mr. Steven Redkoles. A number of topics were covered, some of which are as follows:

 

  • Turks and Caicos Labour Laws (those that are most important)
  • General pay (including required or non-required service charge and distribution) & benefits offered on island;
  • Medical, dental and other required and standard insurance provided to employees;
  • Pension/Retirement plan requirements that are offered in the industry to employees;
  • Vacation, holiday and sick leave entitlements;
  • Local vs. Expat differences and any potential requirements as it relates to Live-in/Live-out, pay and benefits;
  • Offer Letter/Work Agreement templates and requirements;
  • Retention rate
  • Partnering with any schools, colleges, and Vocational Institutions that have Hospitality or    Culinary or Engineering/Technical programs to discuss partnerships for internships and offering leadership and development courses;

 

Mr. Guest, the Multi-Property Director of Human Resources during the meeting said that when I exited the plane in Turks and Caicos last year, I felt an immediate connection with the island as it truly felt like home. We look very much forward to a successful opening and partnering with you and the community.

 

Hon Williams in his remarks stated that he is very elated about the Ritz Carlton Resort coming to the Turks & Caicos Islands next year, as this is a world renown hotel brand. Hon. Williams went on to say that he is confident that the opening of this resort will create major employment as well as entrepreneurial opportunities for the residents of the Turks and Caicos Islands, and is looking forward to the Ritz Carlton team working closely with my Ministry team during the various phases of the project, to ensure that the end result will prove beneficial to all.

 

The Ritz Carlton on Providenciales is scheduled to open mid-2021.

 

 

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PREMIER ON TERMINAL BENEFITS FOR CIVIL SERVANTS

PREMIER ON TERMINAL BENEFITS FOR CIVIL SERVANTS

Premier Robinson wishes to assure the Civil Service Association that the Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands remain committed to the return of terminal benefits for the Public Service. On coming to Office, I met with the then President of the CSA and members of the Executive. Following that Meeting I also spoke with the Deputy Governor who advised that the Committee appointed in 2015 had been able to progress the work further due to other pressing commitments. We agreed that a consultant can carry out the task and I offered to fund it. This offer was accepted and the Consultant was retained.

Since receiving the Report, Cabinet has discussed the Report and have asked for the options to be costed. This matter has not yet been concluded before Cabinet. Until these costs are assessed, TCIG cannot and has not taken a decision. The matter of the pandemic and the resultant economic crisis has been time consuming and has certainly been a priority but our commitment has not waivered.

We are asking the President and the CSA family to rest assured that this remains a commitment but also to note as I publicly stated that the Budget for 2021 will be late and will come within a new Administration. To project that there should be a sacrifice at this time is premature or to state that TCIG can not commit has been mischaracterized following a Release from the President of the CSA. I believe it is important to clarify by saying that the state of finances in this country and the uncertainty around the finances that exists has seen TCIG seek to borrow to stabilize its cash flow to meet existing commitments including high fixed costs like salaries and will honor commitments made.

We remain committed to the Public Service and have over the years demonstrated this. Since coming to Office, Civil Services have seen the return of increments, the first ever Hurricane Advance, the return of Christmas Advances, new resources in terms of manpower, new and renovated office spaces (through purchase, existing owned and rented premises), new vehicles. TCIG has also committed the seed monies for a Credit Union for Civil Service. Despite overtures to cut salaries, on rising to bring the Budget this year, I assured the CSA that TCIG will not take a look at cutting salaries as a response to carry TCI’s finances through what has been a troubling year for the country but will do as economists advise. TCIG continues to see how it can continue to support the Civil Service while in active service  and continue to look to restore benefits for civil service as they leave.

 

 

Hon Sharlene L Cartwright Robinson

Premier & Minister of Finance

The Turks and Caicos Islands

THE CONSUMER PROTECTION ORDINANCE 2016

THE CONSUMER PROTECTION ORDINANCE 2016


The Department of Trade, Industry and Consumer Affairs wishes to invite consumers and businesses to review the rights afforded to consumers and the obligations imposed on businesses under the Consumer Protection Ordinance 2016. A copy of the Ordinance is available at www.gov.tc/trade/consumeraffairs/legislation.


The Ordinance was passed by the House of Assembly in 2016 and was subsequently amended and entered into force on 24 February 2020. The objective of the Ordinance is to make provision for the protection of consumer interests in relation to the supply of goods and services. The Department is therefore tasked with ensuring the rights of consumers, fair trade, competition and the dissemination of accurate information in the marketplace. It should be noted that the Department has no power to regulate the prices at which goods or services are sold in the Turks and Caicos Islands. However, persons who have been adversely affected in relation to the purchase of goods or services may submit a complaint to the Department of Trade, Industry and Consumer Affairs.

The complaint should be submitted using the Consumer Complaints Form accessible on our website at https://www.gov.tc/trade/consumeraffairs/complaints. For further information please feel free to contact Ms. Donisha Williams, Consumer Officer at the Department of Trade, Industry and Consumer Affairs on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


ENDS

 

THE 717th ORDINARY MEETING OF THE PHYSICAL PLANNING BOARD

MINISTRY OF INFRASTRUCTURE HOUSINGS PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

 

DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING

 

FOR PUBLIC INFORMATION, (SECTION 15(1) OF THE PHYSICAL PLANNING REGULATIONS, 2018) - THE 717th ORDINARY MEETING OF THE PHYSICAL PLANNING BOARD

 

 

 

The 717th Ordinary Meeting of the Physical Planning Board (PPB) was held on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 via video conferencing.

 

MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE:

Mr. Derry Handfield           Chairman

Mr. Charlie Garland             Vice Chairman

Mr. Lewis Parker                 Member

Mr. Carl Jolly                        Member

Mr. Dainer Lightbourne      Ex-Officio Member Planning

Mr. Mike Clerveaux            Ex-Officio Member DDME

Mrs. Lormeka Williams       Ex-Oficio Member DECR

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING & GOVERNMENT AGENCIES STAFF IN ATTENDANCE:

Mr. Toriano Williams           Deputy Director of Planning

Mr. Eugene Williams           Development Control Engineer

Mr. Reginald Charles          Land Use Planner / Secretary PPB

Mr. Leonardo Glasgow       Planning Technician

 

 

MEMBERS ABSENT:

No members absent from the 717th meeting.

 

Apologies

No apologies were relayed at the 717th meeting.

 

PLANNING APPLICATIONS

The following applications were tabled at the 717th  meeting:

Planning Application Number

Applicant's Name

Block/Parcel

Description of Development

Board's Decision

PROVIDENCIALES

PR 15102

RICO SMITH

60719/182

THREE, THREE BEDROOM DWELLINGS/ROOF DECK/ SHARED SWIMMING POOL

CONDITIONAL APPROVAL

PR 15096

JOHN BADEAU CHARLES & NICOLE MARGA

60808/128

THREE BEDROOM MAIN DWELLING TWO, THREE BEDROOM UNITS

CONDITIONAL APPROVAL

PR 15031

TCI BUILDING SUPPLT LTD

60707/186,187

OFFICE BUILDING FOR STORAGE & RETAIL SALE OF BUILDING MATERIALS

CONDITIONAL APPROVAL

PR 15057

TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS GOVERNMENT

60602/272

FARMERS MARKET PHASE 1

CONDITIONAL APPROVAL

PR 15098

THE YARD LTD

60801/76

EXTENSION OF TIME

CONDITIONAL APPROVAL

PR  15070

JODY-ANN SEGREE & JOVAINE ST.MICHAEL

61113/129

DUPLEX GUEST HOUSE WATER CISTERN ANCILLARY FACITILIES

CONDITIONAL APPROVAL

PR 15086

JEAN PHILIPPE JEAN

60720/155, 156, 157

`DUPLEX CONTAINING TWO, THREE BEDROOM UNITS SWIMMING POOL

CONDITIONAL APPROVAL

PR 15097

SAPPHIRE LTD OG

60808/129

THREE BEDROOM MAIN DWELLING TWO, THREE BEDROOM UNITS

CONDITIONAL APPROVAL

PR 15077

TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS GOVERNMENT

60701

J.A.G.S MEMORIAL STATUE

CONDITIONAL APPROVAL

PR 14943

BBF COOPER JACK LTD

60721/92

BEACH CREATION / T HEAD PIER / BEACH STABILIZATION

DEFFERAL

PR 15063

CAPE CAROL HOLDINGS LTD

60905/54,55,56

FOUR STOREY BUILDING CONTAINING RETAIL / OFFICE SPACE

CONDITIONAL APPROVAL

PR 14707

DESARROLLOS HOTELCO & HANS MALKMUS

60906/238

RENOVATION OF EXISTING PIER

CONDITIONAL APPROVAL

PR 14804

KATHRIN KORTCHAK & HANS MALKMUS

61002/125

TWO GUEST UNITS / PRIVATE BOAT DOCK / ANCILLARY FACILITIES

CONDITIONAL APPROVAL

PR 15122

RITHA CADET HYPOLITE

60606/73

ONE BUILDING CONTAINING A SINGLE FAMILY DWELLING

CONDITIONAL APPROVAL

PR 15108

WHITE CORAL DEVELOPMENT LTD

60810/291,292

THREE STOREY BUILDING CONTAINING FIVE THREE BEDROOM UNITS

CONDITIONAL APPROVAL

PR 15113

FRANK & VIRGINIE BERTRANT

60602/482

VARIETY STORE/DWELLING HOUSE/ANCILLIARY FACILITIES

CONDITIONAL APPROVAL

PR 15074

SENSON HOLDINGS LTD

60719/126

BOAT DOCK & RAMP

CONDITIONAL APPROVAL

PR 14913

JODI ANETTE TLOAR

61107/7

FLOATING DOCK

CONDITIONAL APPROVAL

PR 14942

GORDON SUPPLY LTD

60900/14, 89

APARTMENT COMPLEX CONTAINING: FOURTEEN EFFICIENCY UNITS

CONDITIONAL APPROVAL

PR 15116

DORN FULFORD

61106/83

MAIN DWELLING/TWO 2-BEDROOM GUEST DWELLINGS/ANCILLIARY FACILITIES

CONDITIONAL APPROVAL

PR 14922

QUINCY PARKER & EVELYNE ELCIUS

60502/227

APARTMENT BUILDING CONTAINING TEN(10) STUDIO APARTMENT UNITS

CONDITIONAL APPROVAL

PR 14930

BBF COOPER JACK LTD

60721/92,145

SUBDIVISION TO CREATE THIRTY FIVE (35) TOURISM RELATED DEVELOPMENT PARCELS

DEFFERAL

PR 14931

BBF COOPER JACK LTD

60721/92, 124-125, 141-145

MASTER PLAN FOR TOWNHOUSE/VACATION HOMES DEVELOPMENT

DEFFERAL

PR 15133

PEDRO ANTONIO BELTRAN BRITO

60715/168

MODIFICATION TO PR 14628

CONDITIONAL APPROVAL

PR 15103

WENDALL SWANN

60512/16

SUBDIVISION OF ONE PARCEL TO CREATE EIGHTEEN (18) LOTS

CONDITIONAL APPROVAL

PR 15075

GUERLINE OSIRUS

60808/79

APARTMENT BUILDING  CONTAINING EIGHT (8) ONE-BEDROOM UNITS AND MAIN DWELLING/ ANCILLIARY FACILITIES

DEFFERAL

PR 13830

SOUTH SIDE BASIN LTD

60721/76,77,78

FLOATING DOCKS/ RESTORATION OF EXISTING DOCKS

CONDITIONAL APPROVAL

PR 15122

TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS GOVERNMENT

60400/293   

GREEN RECREATIONAL PARK

CONDITIONAL APPROVAL

PR 15087

BEACHES TCI

60803/52, 78   

EMERGENCY BEACH WORKS

CONDITIONAL APPROVAL

PR 15068

THE PROPRIETORS OF STRATA PLAN NO. 53

60804/128

 BOARD WALK RESTORATION 

CONDITIONAL APPROVAL

PR 14805

LORNA MARIE CHUNG

60806/31-34

STORAGE UNITS AND OFFICE SPACE

DEFFERAL

PR 14498

DERICK STUBBS

60804/36

APARTMENT BUILDING

CONDITIONAL APPROVAL

PR 15082

ANNA DELANCY

60802/17

 SUBDIVISION

DEFFERAL

GRAND TURK

GT 4987

JOADUARTE & LINDA PASQUINI

10104/125,126,127,128,129

COMBINATION OF FIVE PARCELS TO CREATE ONE LOT AND SUBSEQUENT SUBDIVISION OF ONE PARCEL TO CREATE FIVE LOTS

CONDITIONAL APPROVAL

 

Note: The next sitting of the Board is tentatively scheduled for the 8th of December 2020. The various applicants and agents are reminded that development shall not commence until the relevant and necessary building permit(s) certificates have been issued by the Department of Planning. Those individuals, who fail to comply, will render themselves liable to enforcement procedures, including penalties, under the provisions of the Physical Planning Ordinance, 2018, and the development carried out unlawfully, shall be removed by order of the Physical Planning Board, under Section 100, of the Physical Planning Ordinance, 2018.

 

 

Regards,

 

 

 

 

 

______________________________

Reginald Charles,

Acting Assistant Director /Secretary, Physical Planning Board

Turks & Caicos Government

Office of the Governor

Office of the Deputy Governor

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