In March, the island nation promptly and drastically closed its borders, which successfully limited the spread of the virus, but paralyzed the country’s economy. The reopening of the borders in June, resulted in 100 confirmed cases that were largely contained. At that time, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett announced a plan to establish a “resilience corridor” that would extend from West to East along Jamaica’s North Coast, where all tourists would remain.
According to an article published by The New Yorker, without tourism, Jamaica’s economy would lose about 20% of the country’s GDP. The measures taken in time made it possible for Jamaica to move forward with reopening. Its successful response to the pandemic and the remarkable unity demonstrated by its local and national political leaders suggest that it is possible to fight the virus and contain the sever economic toll taken by the Corona virus on the travel-dependent economies.
Source: The New Yorker