Another week has gone by, another 6 weeks of winter according to Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction on Groundhog Day (boo!)
As has become the norm, lots of changes have taken place this past week in travel and hospitality. But before I share the latest changes, I wanted to give you a quick reminder: Valentine’s Day is right around the corner.
If you’re looking for something more original than chocolate and flowers, here are some unique customizable gift ideas for your special someone💋. The possibilities are endless, so get creative and have fun with it. The only limitations are your imagination and your budget.
Now that I got that out of the way, here’s what you need to know…
😷 COVID-19 UPDATES
- New Mask Exemptions – In case you missed it, effective February 2nd, all U.S. interstate travelers must wear masks at airports and on airplanes, trains, ferries, intercity buses, and public transportation. Certain travelers may request an exemption from wearing a mask if they have a disability that prevents them from wearing one. As of right now, the CDC says an exemption can be made for “A person with a disability who cannot wear a mask or cannot safely wear a mask, for reasons related to the disability.”If you plan on taking a flight, be sure to check the airline’s mask requirements as they all have their own rules and regulations that must be adhered to by passengers.
- Vaccine Availability – Beginning February 11th, the federal government will be shipping 1 million vaccines per week directly to Walgreens and CVS. Both pharmacies have already been vaccinating residents and staff at long-term care facilities. Eligibility varies state by state. To check whether you or a loved one are eligible, click here. [NOTE: Eligibility is not the same as availability].
- Digital Health Passports – Want to have an easier time traveling? Vaccination passports and COVID-19 Tracking Apps showing your health status may help. In addition to helping travelers, these types of apps will help reopen borders to work towards economic recovery. Travelers, however, have expressed security concerns about handing over their phones, passports, etc. containing their personal information to TSA agents, security personnel, or government employees. In fact, 85% of travelers said they’d feel safer using touchless technology.