Little by little, everything seems to want to return to normality, and some restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic are relaxed in different destinations around the world and the Caribbean is no exception. Several countries in the area are in the process of reopening tourism, while others are preparing to receive travelers either in the coming days or in the next month.
The United States Virgin Islands, Saint Lucia, and Antigua and Barbuda
They are three countries that already opened their doors to tourists during the first days of June, and Granada planned to finish adjusting measures to do so also in these weeks. On the other hand, since June 15 Jamaica has received visitors after undergoing a virus detection test.
The Dominican Republic returns to tourist activity from July 1, when the fourth phase of its reopening plan begins after the coronavirus crisis. The government has been working together with private companies developing strict security and hygiene measures that guarantee the health of the population and tourists. In addition, they assured that the security protocols of the tourism industry are now ready, have been approved by the corresponding public entities and have characteristics similar to those established by the World Health Organization (WHO) to guarantee that the Dominican tourism industry continues being a benchmark for health security in the region.
Cancun, Tulum and the Riviera Maya (Mexico)
On the Caribbean coast, the most famous tourist spots in Mexico, Cancun, Tulum and Riviera Maya, opened their "borders" to international travelers. About 20% of the 200 hotels in the tourist area of the Mexican Caribbean resumed their activity with a reduced occupancy and strict sanitary protocols. The hotel reopening is done with the implementation of a Post-COVID protocol that offers guarantees of prevention and sanitary security for guests and employees.
The restrictions for the enjoyment of beaches and parks have already ended in much of the archipelago, except in the islands of New Providence, Paradise Island, Grand Bahama and Bimini, where for now you can only exercise in those spaces at a certain time. In addition, since June 15 they have opened the terraces of the restaurants, beauty salons and hairdressers.
In Jamaica, coronavirus cases are at 596, to which must be added 10 deaths. This caused the Government to resume operations within the tourism industry on June 15. However, a corridor was established that restricts the movement of visitors to the north end of the island.
Jamaica's Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett said the corridor is part of a five-point recovery strategy that has been established to guide the reopening of the industry. He noted that the health infrastructure along this section that will reopen is adequate for the management of COVID-19 in case a tourist shows symptoms of the virus.
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