Despite being cut off from the world for more than a year and a half because of the Covid pandemic, the inhabitants of Easter Island on Sunday voted against reopening their home to tourists.
67pc of those who voted on the remote island, known for its impressive megaliths of mysterious origin, said they wanted to keep their borders shut – despite not having seen a tourist since March 2020.
The vote on the Chilean island in the South Pacific, some 3,700km off the coast of Chile, is not binding however. The final decision will be made by health authorities in the mainland region of Valparaiso.
So far Easter Island, which has some 10,000 inhabitants, has recorded eight cases of Covid-19 – and no new infections since September 2020. There have been zero deaths.
Please Subscribe and get updates in your inbox. Thank you.