In what is some good news for tourism and the economy, the Government has announced the speeding up of the roadmap to remove many of the Covid-19 connected restrictions.
Phase 2 of the roadmap has begun (June 8) and the Government also announced that there will now be just two remaining phases instead of three. Phase 3 will start on June 29, and the final phase, Phase 4 will start on July 20. The precise changes within phase three and four will be announced soon.
The Government expectation is that what will be permitted in Phase 3 on June 29 will be more advanced than initially planned and will include:
Under Phase 2, now in effect, some of the changes that positively impact tourism and the economy include:
Shopping centres can reopen on June 15, provided only shops open and measures are taken to ensure people do not congregate at benches, fountains or food courts.
Note: while the accelerated roadmap brings some good news, there is recognition by the Government that the elongated reopening of tourism, the plunged international tourism market, and the impact of social distancing on capacities, will deeply impact the tourism sector. A focus for the remainder of 2020 will be on reviving the domestic market.
It is vital as we accelerate the Roadmap, that we all observe public health guidance and continue to stick to the basic hygiene and social distancing measures that have become a part of our daily lives; washing our hands regularly, keeping 2 metres apart, observing coughing etiquette, and avoiding crowded places.