Bar owners in Tobago are hoping business would pick up by the weekend. Guardian Media visited several bars and two of the sister island’s most popular beaches yesterday and vacationers were slowly trickling into Store Bay to enjoy the cool waters under skies overcast with Saharan dust.
Merle Mohammed who journeyed to Tobago on Sunday said she was disappointed that tours to Buccoo Reef on the Glass Bottom Boats had not become operational.
Tour guides said tours to the Buccoo Reef would not start until the first week of July since some boat operators are undertaking repairs to their craft.
Mohammed and her travel companions from Erin, South Trinidad said they had waited in vain to visit Tobago to get away and relax.
Ashley Mc Millian, a famous former footballer in Tobago and the operator of Man on the Rock Bar, said business had been slow since he re-opened for business on Monday.
However, Mc Millian said he was hopeful that business would start rolling again by the weekend and well into the July-August vacation period.
The craft market at Store Bay remained closed and grass had grown through the cracks in the concrete pavers as workmen worked throughout the morning to uplift the environment.
Ancel Richardson journeyed to Tobago for just one day to enjoy the beaches.
Richardson, a United Kingdom resident, said he had been trapped in T&T since the borders were closed and was making the best of his time on the islands.
The Pigeon Point Heritage Park was opened for business. Curtis Lincoln, who operates the Traditions Bar and Grill at Pigeon Point, said business was slow.
Lincoln said he hoped the management of Pigeon Point could offer some free days during the upcoming week in a bid to attract more patrons to the popular beach.
Visitors usually pay a $20 admission fee.
Lincoln said social distancing would be practised on the beach bar. Management painted bare feet symbols to indicate spots to congregate around the bar. Kevon Persad who will remain in Tobago for a week said he plans to visit the beach daily.
Another group of visitors included members of the Grace Joy Dance Group of Port-of-Spain, whose spokesman Jenelle Kerr said the young dancers were excited to get a break from Trinidad and used the time in Tobago to practice and visit the beaches.