Following nearly seven months of quarantine, the Government of Uruguay is expected to release its latest policy regarding reopening on October 16. The Government has been pressured by various economic stakeholders who are concerned that the economic toll of closure is too high for the small nation that depends on tourism and exports.
The challenge in reopening Uruguay lays in its dependency on tourism from Brazil and Argentina, which accounts for 85% of the inbound volume of tourist each year. At the same time, Covid-19 prevalence rates in these countries remains very high, and largely out of control.
The entire business sector eagerly awaits the government’s decision, mainly because they point out that domestic tourism has not been able to compensate for the closure of borders.