Down south vacations are on the horizon. The Bahamas reopening is happening soon and Canadians can travel there starting in July. However, there will be some differences from the usual travel experience like no buffets at resorts.
On July 1, the Caribbean country is allowing international travel to resume and letting in tourists again as part of a phased approach to bring back tourism.
International and commercial airlines can start flying and hotels and vacation rentals can open on that date.
Because the COVID-19 pandemic is still going on, there will be new health and safety measures in place.
One of those measures is how food is served.
Buffets are a staple at all-inclusive resorts but they won't be around anymore.
For all restaurants as well as food and beverage services, they have been discontinued until further notice.
That means all food will have to be either prepackaged or single-serve.
So, if you stay at an all-inclusive resort in The Bahamas once travel starts again, the dining experience will be different now that buffets are off the menu.
Businesses have to use disposable menus or display what they offer on screens or boards.
Also, staff will be wearing protective gear like masks and gloves at all restaurants and food and beverage services.
At accommodations like hotels, resorts and vacation rentals, all rooms and public spaces will be cleaned on a regular basis.
Only a limited number of people will be allowed to go on elevators at one time as well.
When it comes to excursions, attractions and shopping, travellers are encouraged to use their own stuff like snorkelling gear so that items aren't shared.
Stores will have capacity limits and going cashless is also advised.
As well, all beach chairs will be arranged to maintain a safe distance between travellers.
As part of its reopening, The Bahamas is asking travellers to continue following public health guidelines when it comes to distance, hand washing and protective gear.
Tourists should pack face masks just like they would sunscreen and swimsuits.
Everybody will get their temperature taken at airports and seaports, and masks will be required in those spaces as well.
However, Canada didn't make Greece's list of places people can travel from.