Tunisia is set to become the first country in North Africa to reopen its borders following the Covid-19 crisis but the nation is, like many others, divided between keeping the economy buoyant against concerns over the possibility of a second wave of the virus.
After a three-month lockdown, Tunisia has recorded zero local cases for almost a month and will be the first nation in the North Africa to reopen its borders, on June 27.
In Sousse, Osama Mani, who handles reservations at a major upscale hotel, said locals who rely on tourism were trying to get back on their feet.
“We were expecting a good year, a good season of tourism. But the coronavirus felled these hopes and crushed them,” Mani said.
“We are dealing with it step by step now and have brought in a health protocol. Because Tunisia is winning against the coronavirus, I think it will be a good destination for people from all over the world.”