Starting on April 1st 2020, an island wide curfew will be in effect for Jamaica and this new rule stipulates that between 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. there will be new restrictions on things like public transportation and general movements for people in the region.
Ideally, people will only be traveling for emergency circumstances, whether to get food or take care of other important matters. Other than that people are encouraged, as they have been elsewhere, to stay inside as best that they can.
The curfew is expected to end on April 8th 2020.
In several regions, people have been calling on governments to make sure that light bills, internet, and other services will not be cut off during this time because people cannot pay. Home owners are also seeking help with making mortgage payments, and renters calling for help as well with skipping payment if necessary. How long is it all going to last? 2 weeks? 3 weeks? 2 months? 6 months? The uncertainty is fueling anxiety for millions.
Getting Back To Normal
In Jamaica, tourism is a big part of their economy, and because of that many people are suffering by not seeing the usual business that they might.
From the hotel staff, to those working at the airport, taxi drivers, restaurant workers, craftsman selling on the beach, and so on. They are hoping that things will return to normal for Jamaica soon, and that it will get back to full strength eventually at some point.
“As we continue to fight this crisis together, we are reminded that we have been here before and like we overcame in the past, so shall we again," - Bartlett
The longer that the shutdown goes on, the more damage that can be inflicted upon the world and to the lives of millions, it isn't the virus alone that we need to be concerned about. People can also lose their lives from the stress and anxiety, from losing their jobs, it might prompt more people to consider taking their own lives. Or it could mean more people starving to death and unable to keep a roof over their head or food on the table.
Things will rebound, it is just a matter of time.
But for many others they might be nervous to ever travel again, given the rigid crackdowns they've seen around the world with curfews and flights cancelled. This new experience might inspire some people to keep their travels a little closer to home from now on. It might also inspire new spending habits for some, where they are looking now to aggressively save rather than generously spend like they might have prior to the issue we are all facing today with the virus. Either way, the tourism industry altogether, as with many others, is not over for good. It's just on temporary hiatus.