SYDNEY, N.S. —
The May long weekend is typically when many tourism operators see visitors and bookings start to rise, but very few are making vacation plans yet.
The summer months bring out the beauty in Cape Breton island, along with big business for tourism operators.
But for the second straight year, COVID-19 is creating a lot of uncertainty over what the summer tourism season will bring.
“In 2019 it was great,” says Terri Shobbrook, owner of a bed and breakfast in Kempt Head, N.S. “There has hardly been anything since then. I went from 100 per cent occupancy, to about 1 per cent. It’s sad.”
Shobbrook says it has been a rollercoaster ride since the Atlantic bubble burst in November, and Nova Scotia went back into lockdown in April.
“I had myself scheduled to open April 1, and then I change it to May 1, and then when the lockdown happened, I just closed it up again, but I haven’t even been getting any bookings for June at this point,”…