FL - How will tourism recover in Sarasota-Manatee?

Visitors bureaus have plans for how to encourage people to safely return to the area’s beaches, restaurants and cultural landmarks once it’s safe to do so.

Sporting events with a limited audience. Three-course meals from the comfort of a hotel room or a dining room table. Nights out at the theater where everyone is wearing masks.

Those are just some of the images that could be common in Sarasota-Manatee once the tourism industry resumes following a prolonged closure to get the state’s and region’s coronavirus infections under control.

An economy that usually relies on a steady stream of visitors from Canada, western Europe and other parts of the South — especially during the wintertime — has come to a complete halt because of COVID-19.

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