James Ohliger and Romane Recalde traveled to the Turks and Caicos Islands in March for a five-day vacation.
But when the local government decided to close its borders until July in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the couple’s five-day trip turned into a five-month quarantine.
During this time, many Turks and Caicos businesses that rely on tourism have suffered.
“The island is completely dead,” Ohliger, cofounder of Jerry Media, told Business Insider Today. “All the reservations canceled. The beach is basically a private beach for us and everything shut down.”
Ohliger, who has traveled there for the past 33 years, said it’s been hard to see so many people out of work. His friend, Kamario Smith, normally works as a bartender at the Ocean Club Resort on the island of Providenciales, and called the impact “very, very devastating.”
The couple plans to return to New York on July 22, the day Turks and Caicos reopens its borders.
July 17, 2020, 1:53 PM 0:05 0:49 Las Vegas’ reopening amid coronavirus outbreak backfires terribly
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to pummel the United States, Las Vegas seems to be operating business as usual. Casinos have been open since June 4—undeterred by the 123 visitors who have tested positive for the highly contagious virus and the 51-year-old Caesars employee who died in late June.
But it’s not business as usual for doctors and nurses in Las Vegas’ besieged health-care system, who say they are “overwhelmed and terrified” about the massive influx of new cases in a state officially deemed a “red zone” by the White House.
“I would say in the last month we’ve been completely overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients and our hospital is running out of space,” one Las Vegas emergency room doctor, who wished to remain anonymous for fear of professional retaliation, told The Daily Beast on Friday. “Not only are we overwhelmed and terrified, but based on the numbers for the rest of the country, it’s only going to get worse for us.”