During a one-on-one interview with Mayor Wally Nunez, we asked about the road to recovery for San Pedro businesses and resorts as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Thousands have lost their employment and a number of businesses shuttered when the tourism industry crashed. Visitors to the island have increased over the last few months, especially over the Easter weekend when many hotels were booked to capacity. But what is the long-term recovery plan for the island?

Wally Nunez, Mayor, San Pedro Town

“When you talk about San Pedro and you know the nightlife, there have been many nightclubs and late night bars that have closed down, some restaurants have closed down; resorts that have actually locked down as well, we are hoping that they come back. It is rebounding slowly. We are not there compared to what we were in tourism. Right now unemployment is still high. We are working on getting these people back to work. We have expos that we are doing here on the island so that we can stimulate a little the economy. But in general, the unemployment is still high; the tourism sector looks like it is increasing a little bit, but compared to what we had before, it is still low in numbers. The airlines have a lot of bookings for the upcoming months which is looking a little promising, but that’s all we can do. We are hoping that we can get the tourists back. We all know we depend on tourism here on the island and the San Pedro Town Council is working with the people so that we can try to get businesses up and running.”

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