Published on : Thursday, December 3, 2020
A campaign for reopening the tourism sector has stepped up its promotion with a smart new website. Reopen Cayman, ‘a group of Caymanian business leaders and concerned citizens’, said that it wants to open tourism using resort bubbles. In spite of a worldwide surge in COVID-19, an increase in travelers in Cayman arriving with the virus and quarantine breaches, the campaign claims that it has a ‘safe plan’ for allowing tourists in.
The campaign comes against the backdrop of the US witnessing more than 238,000 new cases of the virus over the weekend, while the UK recorded more than 27,000 and Canada more than 11,000. Both US and UK health experts have warned regarding further increases in numbers due to the cooler weather in the north driving people indoors, along with the upcoming holiday season’s family gatherings.
However, the campaign is urging Cayman to use testing for allowing visitors to come back. Reopen Cayman also appears to be supported by the Chamber of Commerce and the owners of larger resorts and villas.
Although some hotel managers are vocal about their desire to reopen, public opinion isn’t wholly in favor of re-opening of tourism, given that Cayman is keeping the virus at bay, with no community spread for last few months.
Besides concerns that an outbreak could cost lives, there are worries that it would also drive the country back into full lockdown, threatening broader economic stability.
Worried that the tourism sector cannot stay alive until a vaccine is widely available and the community immunized, the campaign is planning to open safely.