Thursday 3 December, 2020

Temporary US lockdown would help Caribbean economic recovery - Fedee

Tourism Minister Hon Dominic Fedee

Tourism Minister Hon Dominic Fedee

Minister of Tourism Hon Dominic Fedee has stated that a temporary lockdown of the United States would be generally beneficial for regional tourism and for Saint Lucia.

As the US takes to the polls today to decide between incumbent President Donald Trump and challenger Joe Biden, Fedee spoke on what the election result could mean for visitor arrivals to Saint Lucia and the Caribbean.

Fedee told Loop News Tuesday: "If the government changes, I don't want to speculate, then there's a likelihood that the Democrats if they assume office, could go into a lockdown, and I think that that would be good for everyone, for the US, our main market, to have a temporary lockdown, close off from the world, deal with the public health situation and come back cleaner and stronger.

I think that is going to help the long-term economic recovery of the Caribbean."

Democrat Joe Biden has indicated that a key pillar of his administration's COVID response would be to "ensure that public health decisions are made by public health professionals and not politicians," who may advocate for stronger measures such as a national lockdown.

Recently, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet said that Saint Lucia had shifted focus to the US market after the lockdown of the United Kingdom, which had been a strong source of arrivals to Saint Lucia since the island re-opened borders for international travel.

The United States set a new record for confirmed COVID-19 cases within a 24-hour period on Friday, October 30, reporting over 100,000 new cases.

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