Here is the chart that Hawaii will follow. I hope other states and countries adopt a smilar plan.
Now, this seems to me, though somewhat selfishly, to make sense. We have many friends in Hawaii, whose jobs depend on tourism. In fact, the entire state depends on tourism.
According to SF Gate: A large number of U.S. hotels temporarily closed their doors as bookings dried up last spring due to the coronavirus pandemic. And as fall approaches, it looks like a significant number of them might not be able to reopen as expected even if business starts to pick up to a healthy level again. Statewide, Hawaii’s occupancy rate was 9%!!!
For Maui County, these were the occupancy rates in April: Among the different classes of properties, upper upscale hotels reported the largest declines in occupancy (down 74 percentage points to 4.6%) and ADR (down 97% to $7). Upper upscale and midscale and economy properties had the largest drops in ADR, both down nearly 43%. Midscale and economy properties had the highest occupancy rate at 22%, a drop of 59 percentage points, as well as the largest RevPAR at $21.
Hawaii has reported a total of 10,946 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 103 deaths, according to data from the state health department. The most recent surge in cases was attributed to “inconsistent mask wearing and lack of physical distancing” at social gatherings.
If I am able to get to Europe in November, I will need to produce a negative Covid test within 48 hours of landing!
For some of my friends who have traveled during the pandemic, almost all report a positive experience. Positive not for Covid, but positive that fellow travelers are following the rules.
We should have a safe vaccine sometime in 2021.
Those of you who disdain the mask, I suggest you stay home. In fact, stay inside your home!!!