Carmen Rosa works at a hotel in Havana, or she did at least until COVID-19 made its way to Cuba. Even though she hasn’t officially left the hotel’s staff, which her managers have assured her, the reality is that she isn’t working today.
When the hotel shut down because of a lack of tourists, the majority of employees were relocated to other jobs, or sent home because they have a health condition.
This is her case, she has asthma and can’t be exposed to the possibility of becoming infected by the deadly virus, by doing the hotel’s work out on the street. Almost all of the men are currently doing renovation works, but she hasn’t got the skills for this, plus her health condition stops her from being anywhere near dust, which is produced by pretty much all of this work.
Gerardo is an employee at a Bureau de Change (known as CADECA), also in the capital, and has also been left without work after services were reorganized by his company, which has also been affected by the almost zero entry of tourists.