Travel & COVID
November 30, 2020
Many travel plans have been postponed and cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I personally had a trip planned with my family, going to various countries in Europe. When the number of COVID cases started rising in March, a part of me knew the trip was not happening, but I tried to stay positive. Eventually, the countries I was going to started closing their borders, so we postponed our trip to the summer of 2021, but now we are not so sure that will happen either. Different countries are taking different precautions currently as cases go up.
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, reclosed the borders of England for four weeks, announced on October 31st. His main reason for this second national lockdown (the first being in March 2020) was so that families will be able to more safely gather for Christmas and the holiday season. Pubs, restaurants, gyms and non-essential shops are also closed, but unlike the spring, schools and universities remain open. At the end of the press conference, he attempted to lift spirits by stating, “We will win this fight against Covid. We can see that treatments are getting better, and medicines are getting better and testing technologies are getting better.”
A country that has been very good at handling the COVID-19 is New Zealand. The COVID cases peaked in New Zealand in April, and have continued to decrease until now. They normally have under 5 cases reported daily, because the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, chose to take precautionary measures sooner rather than later. For traveling restrictions, New Zealand has set rules that only New Zealand citizens can travel into the country, and then quarantine for 14 days. This has resulted in the number of cases rapidly dropping. I believe that many countries can take notes from how Ardern handled this situation, and have the cases decrease as much as New Zealand.
Although my trip is postponed again, my family and I are continuously monitoring the cases in the countries we are visiting. With the possibility of a vaccine coming out in April, our hopes are high. Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the United States’ best physicians, explains, “Certainly, it is not going to be a pandemic for a lot longer because I believe the vaccines are going to turn that around.”