Many people are so terrified of catching COVID-19 – they’ve basically given up traveling until next year.
As a result, beach towns that depend on tourists to survive are left in shambles with no money coming in to feed their families.
And while the “travel ban” and restrictive “safety guidelines” are supposed to protect people – they’re actually doing the opposite and leaving desperate workers to fend for themselves just to survive.
Life Or Death
For destinations like Cabo, it isn’t just “nice” when a few tourists come and spend money…
… it is how residents survive.
Tourists make up a whopping 80 percent of the economy in Cabo, but with flights down 93 percent from last year, locals are in a state of panic.
In fact – residents aren’t worrying about dying of COVID-19 – they’re more concerned about dying from lack of funds to support their families.
Seattle Times reported:
“It’s life or death for us,” said Rodrigo Esponda, the head of the Los Cabos tourism board.
“There’s nothing else here. No industrial production. No farming or commercial fishing. It’s tourism or nothing.”
A Push For Tourism
Desperate for revenue, Cabo is trying to encourage Americans to visit by promoting “safe social distancing policies”
Cabo promises they are doing everything to stop the spread of COVID-19 – even though cases continue to rise.
Business owners are used to “gringos” (slang word for foreigners – especially folks from North America) coming down to party and spend their hard-earned cash – whether it’s to get drunk at a bar, eat their way around town, or load up on cheap souvenirs.
But now – the streets are practically empty.
One local man doesn’t even think he’ll have enough money to renew his business license.
Seattle Times continued:
“Before the coronavirus, the gringos came, got drunk, had fun,” he said. “They took my bicycle taxi – maybe eight times a day.”
He charges $3 per person per ride. Now, he can go days without a customer. He wonders how he’ll pay his $100-per-year bicycle taxi license.
But despite the touristy ads of people lounging on a beach – people don’t seem to want to travel.
And really – this shouldn’t be a shocker.
After all, American travelers are wary.
To fly these days, travelers must be forced to submit to boorish airlines and their latest “safety” mandates – even though airlines take shortcuts cleaning their own aircrafts.
It’s a joke.
A mom and her children are thrown off the plane because a 2-year old wouldn’t wear a mask.
The Navy Seal who killed Osama Bin Laden has been banned from flying because he took his mask off to eat (and snapped a selfie).
Even though a relaxing beach trip sounds nice, most Americans simply don’t want to put up with the drama of flying right now.
Sadly, this is just another example of what happens when you literally shut down the entire world.
Business owners are suffering with loss of income.
Around the world, the economic toll on closed businesses has hit close to home as people can’t pay their rent and, in some countries, can’t even afford to buy food.
Entire industries built around travel are shattered – and no one knows when this mess will be over.
So while authorities think they are “saving lives” by banning travel to stop the spread of COVID-19 – they ought to think about the flip side.
In reality, they are putting the nail in the coffin for countless families around the world who may not even be alive next year to recover.
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