Though the world is opening, and coping with the speed, the pandemic has shifted our approach. The priorities have changed, and in a sense, the pandemic has exposed the vulnerabilities of our systems. One of those is healthcare. However, some of the countries have had drastic impact than others. In the initial days of the Pandemic, the world was left with no option but to battle. However, with the year into it, nations across the world have learned the basics of dealing with such a situation.
Whatever is said, Caribbean countries have seen a drop in the touristy crowd. The number of people coming to the country has drastically dropped. In this regard, the government of the Bahamas and all other countries have tried to flatten the curve as well as take aggressive steps to promote tourism in the country. From legislations and convenient rules, the tourism industry seems to be taking off in the region.
As far as the Bahamas is concerned, the government has been taking these steps since 1994. Compared to the 1990s, the share of the state in the hotels has been reduced to 5% allowing the industry to proper, and privatize. Since an overwhelming share of the GDP is generated from the Tourism industry, the country has faced the harsh brunt of the pandemic with touristy income dropping to such an extent that some of the resorts had to be temporarily put on hold.
In addition to that, countries like Barbados, Belize, and the Bahamas were the most hit countries in matters of global tourism. The share of the industry dropped from 60-70%, however, it recorded another downfall in the recent second surge. Though the government has been taking steps to cope with it, it appears that it may take a while.
Tourism money boosts the economy of the country, and most of the money generated by it helps the GDP of the nation. Simply put, when there is a drop in tourism, the country goes through a crisis, as what happened in the pandemic. Though the initial reports were suggesting that the economies will need to be diversified unless they may fall into civil chaos, the problem has been handled fairly by the Bahamas government. The country has been lauded in a report of the world bank for its unemployment benefits. Though the unemployment rates rose in the pandemic, the country still took drastic steps as far as jobs, as well as honorariums, are concerned.
Now that the country is opening up, the healthcare warriors are making sure that the pandemic is kept in check. In this regard, there have been certain mandatory instructions by the government to ensure that the work is carried on smoothly. The temperature checks as well as other necessary protocols in the business and public spaces have helped to flatten the curve to some extent. The need of the hour is to ensure that the health protocols are followed, and the private sector is allowed to operate in consensus with the government to ensure that the nation is back to work.