The island reports no major damage, with the airport, hotels and restaurants open and operating
In the midst of an extraordinarily active Atlantic hurricane season, Hurricane Paulette, a Category 2 storm, passed directly over the island of Bermuda this week. The hurricane brought high winds and rain to the island yesterday, but there are no reports of serious injuries or major structural damage.
One day after the storm, Glenn Jones, the interim CEO of the Bermuda Tourism Authority, reports the island has opened for business. "The island knows very well how to prepare for, withstand and rebound from hurricanes," Jones said.
Bermuda’s airport, LF Wade International, reopened at noon yesterday, Sept. 15, and local ferry and bus service is set to resume today with normal schedules. The majority of Bermuda's currently operational hotel properties are open and ready to welcome guests.
Paulette was Bermuda's first direct storm hit since 2014, when Hurricanes Fay and Gonzalo made back-to-back landfalls. Bermuda’s unique infrastructure protects islanders and businesses from severe weather, allowing for quick cleanup and minimizing disruption.
"Bermuda's tourism industry has long proven resilient in the face of severe weather," added Jones. "The cooperation of our public and private sectors, combined with the tenacity of Bermuda's people, puts the island back on its feet with incredible speed."
In addition, travelers looking for destinations with lower COVID-19 risks should be aware that the island is one of only six places in the world which the Centers for Disease Control ranks as a Level 2, with a "moderate" COVID-19 risk level.
In addition, Bermuda earned the World Travel & Tourism Council "Safe Travels" Stamp, which allows travelers to recognize governments and companies around the world which have adopted health and hygiene global standardized protocols.
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