Buck stores return to Cuba as outbreak destroys tourism revenue

The communist government has been required to allow citizens to spend US foreign currency at special shops, formalising the split between haves and have-nots

On Paseo de Prado, a boulevard in Havana’ s colonial district, dozens of individuals waited expectantly as the staff elevated the shutters to open a poor but revamped shop.

Soon after, Alejandro Domí nguez, twenty three, emerged, brandishing meatballs and a huge tin of chopped tomatoes he previously just bought with US currency remaining as tourist tips at their family’ s restaurant. “ It is a way to get products you can’ t find elsewhere, ” this individual said.

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The Guardian