Cuba will impose a mandatory quarantine in institutional centers on all travelers who cross the border as of next Saturday. This measure, which was already applied last year, de facto closes the island to tourists and visitors, whom the authorities blame for the current spike in coronavirus infections.
Empty beaches. Desert hotels. Cuba closes itself to tourism before the record figures that the coronavirus is leaving on the island.
The Cuban Government has ordered that as of next Saturday all travelers who cross the borders be transferred to institutional isolation centers to comply with a mandatory quarantine, the cost of which must be assumed. Tourists will be transferred to hotels to isolate themselves under the same conditions.
Cubans, so in need of tourism income, bear the new measures and the painful absence of customers, stoically.
“I think the measures are adequate at this time, due to the situation we are going through with the COVID issue”says a taxi driver.
“It is a correct measure that the Government of Cuba has taken, because in this way we avoid the spread of the epidemic and we can conserve human lives“adds another man.
Cuba set a new record this January, with more than 12,500 infections and 68 deaths. The authorities blame this situation on the failure to comply with the isolation in homes that travelers arriving in November and December had to respect, and also on the relaxation of prevention measures during the end of the year holidays.
Institutional quarantine and restriction of flights from many countries
In early January, due to the increase in cases, the Cuban authorities restricted the arrival of flights from the United States, Mexico, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and the Bahamas, and began to require a negative PCR to enter the country. These measures have now been added to a suspension of flights with Haiti and restrictions on flights from Colombia and Jamaica. They are also kept Connections with Nicaragua, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname suspended.
As for institutional quarantine, it was already applied in the country last year for several months, when airports were closed.
Simultaneously, almost all the island’s provinces are reversing the de-escalation, with measures that include the closure of schools, bars, restaurants and beaches.