Famous tourist spots all over the world have begun to reopen in the summer and already allowed tourist entry despite of the pandemic. The tourism industry experienced a severe decline over the past months due to imposed lockdowns and travel bans in several countries to contain the Coronavirus outbreak.
But after a while in the sun, cases surged and led governments to impose more strict regulations to travel prohibitions and tourist spots have closed for an indefinite time period.
The US Virgin Islands Governor Albert Bryan Jr. implemented an orange alert level on August 13. Nonessential businesses were ordered to close, no dining in at restaurants, and the tourism-related businesses such as hotels, inns, Airbnbs, and the like were not anymore allowed to let new guests in or accept reservations for at least a month. Cases in the locality’s islands have multiplied twice since July making the total number of infections 796 with more than 254 reported cases.
The Bahamas is a widely popular tourist spot. But the recent increase of local cases have compelled the government to establish more restrictions, closing down all public offices, banning of international flights, to name a few. Currently, the Bahamas has more a thousand active Covid cases and their healthcare system is on the brink of crashing. On July, Bahamas went on a back and forth on the decision to allow tourist entry or not.
The Cayman Islands borders will remain closed until October 1. New infections are low in Antigue, Bermuda, and St. Lucia even after summer reopening. Jamaica has new emerging cases but is being handled. Unfortunately, Puerto Rico, Aruba and Turks, and Caicos are experiencing an increase in cases in the beginning of this month. The latter have been crossed out of the countries allowed by the UK to travel.
Southeast Asia has not allowed international travels by far, except Cambodia. Bali, Indonesia is also a famous vacation spot in the continent. The government of Indonesia is planning to reopen Bali for foreign tourism on September but it isn’t final yet due to recent outbreaks. Local tourism opened on July 31 when cases where amounted to more than 3,000. Last Saturday, 724 new cases have been added. Indonesia comes second to the Philippines in the rank of total number cases in Southeast Asia.
Maldives reopened on July 15. Not long after, cases have spiked. 1,730 new cases emerged in the beginning of August. Hawaii was also set to open again on September 1, but Oahu island has had a rise in cases this month. Supposedly, the reopening was to be on the start of August but got postponed again because of the status of United States. The next schedule may be on November or December but is subject to change under circumstances.