NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Sandals Emerald Bay, Exuma, has decided to push back its reopening date to February 1, 2021, amidst the continued global coronavirus pandemic.
Exumas and Ragged Island MP Chester Cooper announced the decision in a Facebook post today.
Cooper called the decision disappointing and disheartening.
“These crushing blows are now the nature of the times, I suppose,” Cooper said.
“But that makes it no easier for the people of Exuma.
“Sandals is the largest private-sector employer on the island and a good corporate citizen.
“This will be a crippling blow for the local economy and the hundreds of families who rely on their employees to put bread on the table.”
Cooper said the move will disadvantage those in the local economy who rely on spin-off business.
He said: “While this is a tough pill to swallow, I remain firm in my belief that Exuma will bounce back stronger than before and has the potential to be a major driver of economic activity for the country.”