We're heading into the sixth month of this global pandemic and one industry taking a big hit -- the travel industry. Worldwide, travelers are having to adjust their plans for vacations as quarantines, mask mandates and health restrictions greet those on the move.
On Friday, Connie Corbett joined 44News This Morning to discuss traveling and the recent slow down the industry is experiencing. Even though the State Department recently lifted a global travel advisory, U.S. travelers are still not being welcomed to several countries due to how bad the Coronavirus outbreak is in America.
Question: How is this impacting travel plans right now?
Connie: "We certainly felt like it's very good news that the State Department lifted that global advisory but you're right there is another side to that where other countries may or may not be welcoming us. Right now we're seeing a lot of travel to Jamaica and Mexico has been very popular. We've been hearing good reports with most resorts limiting incoming guests to about 30% capacity, so lots of space and ability to get out on the beach or enjoy those resources with plenty of social distancing."
Question: Some families will look to avoid air travel, instead taking to the roads -- where can families visit?
Connie: "It's really changing on a daily and weekly basis. For the most part most states are welcoming visitors but there are some that have restrictions. If you are thinking of traveling make your plans but then also you want to check just before you leave, so the day before you're traveling you want to double check and reconfirm if there are any restrictions in those particular states."
Question: Cruise ships were one of the first know points of COVID-19 exposure for Americans, will that industry be able to recover?
Connie: "They are working very diligently. Right now the CDC has cruising on pause though the end of September but quite honestly, most of the cruise lines have voluntarily gone beyond that. Most of them announced through October 15th some even through December 15th but they have banded together and they are hiring help with doctors and medical advisers to create the new normal for cruising."