According to the World Health Organization, a global coronavirus pandemic 2019, spread worldwide now, was first detected in China. This virus causes an infection called COVID-19 and leads to flu-like symptoms that include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Also, the virus is now spreading in countries internationally and worldwide. It will continue to spread until a cure or a specific vaccine is found; till then, you must take precautions and avoid social gatherings. In the United States also, this virus is escalating it’s spread. Till now, there are about two million confirmed cases all over the country. Still, the procedures for investigations related to this virus are ongoing, and until then, people are advised to take extra precautions and be cautious. Also, senior citizens are advised to stay at home and take extra precautions against the disease and avoid going out as much as possible. And now the question is how long we have to stay at home? And of course, right now the answer is, we have to keep with this virus, things will be back like this only, and everything needs to get back to normal accordingly. “This will be the New Normal.”
“We should Accept it, realize it, and deal with it.”
Tourism Industry hit the hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic, is beginning to initiate measures for its recovery, like it happened after the 9/11 attacks in NYC that terminated air travel for several weeks and changed safety controls forever, or during the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. Eventually, it is not easy to move back to normal. That’s reality, at first, some changes will be quite drastic and extreme. Still, corporations and businesses will have to adapt this until everything gets back to normal again and, hopefully, in a better way.
And once you start traveling back, you must know the ins and outs of traveling and must be cautious and take usual precautions, i.e., use of hand sanitizers, use of masks, and the habit of washing hands. You can beat this virus by bringing your travel-care kit along with you always and stay safe at home unless it’s necessary.
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Travel after COVID-19 leads to the following transformations:
Introduction to the International Certificate of Vaccination (ICV)- Earlier, all the travelers needed to receive a “yellow card,” showing that they were vaccinated against the primary international diseases (like yellow fever, typhoid, hepatitis, etc.) to enter many countries. But the advancement of global health and mass vaccination campaigns made it non-essential.
Likewise, the new certificate will be known as the immunity passport or so, which may be issued through many techniques, including apps and other digital arrangements. Tourists will have to be more responsible and will vaccinate against diseases that can counteract in some destinations.
Personal protection- In 2020, or possibly for a longer time, masks, hand sanitizer, and a well-stocked vanity kit will become part of any responsible traveler’s luggage. Those wearing masks safeguard not only themselves but also others. Once you have boarded, it is best to keep your face mask on as much as possible where physical distancing is impossible. Also, be habitual of washing hands well for at least 30 seconds with soap and water each time when going to the lavatory and use a paper towel or when touching sink knobs, toilet handles, and door handles. Besides, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth after touching plane surfaces and use an antibacterial gel with at least 60% alcohol if you are not able to wash your hands with soap and water. Travelers should also keep the air vent towards their faces to keep the area around them as well-ventilated as possible.
Airports and planes checkpoints- Airline personnel would also join security to inspect temperature and immune passports. There is a certainty that this protocol could also be enforced in hotels, resorts, and cruise ships, which could mean an escalation in medical services, including COVID-19 tests and increasing medical amenities.
A few airlines like Alaska and Delta have announced that they will keep middle seats vacant in economy class to enforce social distancing between travelers and reduce risks of spread. It may result in an increase in airline ticket prices by up to 50%, as many publications have stated.
Hotels- Many hospitality businesses started introducing measures such as temperature checks, handing out masks and gloves, greater distance between tables, and even establishing screens to separate some areas from the others. In China and Korea, initiatives like these have allowed businesses and stores to reopen.
For example, in Spain, the Madrid Hotel Business Association is designing an action protocol to make a COVID-Free certificate for hotels, which assures the safety of customers and workers. Radisson Hotel Group has also launched its Safety Protocol, a new program of strategies focusing on thorough cleanliness and disinfection.
In many hotels, daily cleaning practices could be more deployed.
Museums: No more crowds and pre-reservation- To avoid groups and gatherings, museums could limit capacity. However, this could be offset by stretching opening hours and allocating visitors throughout the day by managing visits only through prior reservations and giving them time-slots. Besides online booking of the tickets, museums will also offer audio consultants with disposable headphones or marked tours to evade crowds. For the visitors, proper safety measures will be done, and a sanitized solution will be available.
Insurance- Some companies have, in the meanwhile, terminated selling travel insurance. Instances, Aviva, and Admiral in the UK and other companies worldwide have modified or limited insurance plans in their new policies.
However, travel assistance prevails and the coverage of health expenses is obtained unless governments roll out the latest course of actions and protocols for all countries.
Those companies related to insurance or in the tourism industry are interested in producing new products and services to resume the business. In this pandemic, it is impossible to even think about going on a trip without financial and health insurance for travelers.
Alternative destinations to Explore- Hidden beaches, rural and mountain tourism, unexplored neighborhoods in large cities is the best way to explore NYC. In this current situation, the least visited destinations will become more alluring and safer, just like remote beaches and loch on any coast. Mass tourism will open routes to more selective and steady tourism. Furthermore, most trips will be within one’s borders. And thus, the domestic tourism sector will be the prime revenue source of the tourism industry.
Explore the unexplored while in NYC, and stay safe and healthy!