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COVID-19 and Its Impact on Travel and Tourism in the United States

COVID-19 and Its Impact on Travel and Tourism in the United States

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Apr 1, 20203,0681

The United States is now the global epicenter for the COIVD-19 pandemic. New York City is particularly impacted with more than a quarter of the country’s confirmed cases. Governors in over than 30 states have issued so-called shelter-in-place orders. Large swaths of the US economy have ground to a halt as non-essential businesses are shuttered and cultural institutions like theaters, museums, and art galleries have closed to prevent people gathering in large numbers. Leading scientists are now estimating the pandemic could kill between 100,000 and 240,000 people in the United States. This shocking assessment means travel and tourism in the United States is nearly impossible for the next 3 to 6 months. Those with plans to travel to the United States should reconsider and those already there need to follow the advice of local health officials and the World Health Organization.

Table of Contents

Summary of Coronavirus updated 19 March
COVID-19 in the United States at a Glance
Travel to the United States
Returning to the United States
Cities and Regions Impacted by COVID-19
California
Connecticut
Illinois
Chicago
Maryland
Michigan
Nevada
Las Vegas
New Jersey
New York
New York City
Pennsylvania
Texas
Virginia
Washington D.C.
World Health Organization Recommendations for Travelers

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Summary of Coronavirus updated 19 March

● 163,539 CDC-confirmed cases as of March 31, 2020

● COVID-19 present in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the US Virgin Islands

● New York City is the current epicenter of the US outbreak with 41,771 confirmed cases as of March 31, 2020

● The State Department advises all US citizens to return home immediately or prepare to remain abroad for an indefinite amount of time

● Nearly three-quarters of all Americans are under some form of shelter-in-place order

● The NBA, NHL, MLB, and MLS have all suspended play

● The US land borders with Canada and Mexico are closed to all non-essential traffic

● Non-residents having visited Continental Europe, the UK, Ireland, China, or Iran in the past 14 days cannot enter the United States

COVID-19 in the United States at a Glance

The novel coronavirus later identified as SARS-CoV-2 continues to spread rapidly in the United States with large community outbreaks in New York City, New Orleans, Detroit, Chicago, and many other places. After localized transmission was first identified near Seattle, the federal government’s attempt to scale up widespread testing for COVID-19 faltered badly. Trump Administration officials have sent confusing and contradictory messages regarding the seriousness of the threat. As a result state and local authorities have issued patchwork responses in the absence of consistent federal guidelines. Some epidemiologists now predict that mismanagement by the Trump Administration means a severe onset and prolonged transmission of COVID-19 will occur in the United States.

Travel to the United States

Foreign nationals having traveled to China or Iran within 14 days of arrival in the United States are not allowed to enter. Similarly, the US government announced bans on anyone have traveled in Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and Vatican City. US Citizens and permanent residents in countries subject to the travel ban are allowed to return, but may have to undergo additional screening or mandatory quarantine upon arrival. The US land borders with Canada and Mexico are closed to non-essential travel. Domestic transportation within the United States is largely un-impacted by the current outbreak; however, several states and localities have issued restrictions on the movement of people within their jurisdictions.

Returning to the United States

On March 19, 2020, the US State Department raised its global health advisory to Level 4, or “do not travel,” which is the highest warning. US citizens currently abroad are urged to “arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.”

US citizens and anyone not subject to the travel bans, including lawful permanent residents, spouses, parents and legal guardians, siblings, or children of US citizens or lawful permanent residents, and holders of certain visa categories, is allowed to return to the United States subject to additional health screening. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), travelers returning from places with ongoing community spread of COVID-19 may be asked to self-isolate at home for a period of 14 days. If you are asked to stay home, you should monitor your temperature, refrain from taking public transportation or taxis, and generally keep your distance from other people. The CDC recommends roughly 6 feet or 2 meters separation. If you experience the onset of symptoms, contact your healthcare provider by phone and inform them of your travel history prior to seeking in-person care.

Cities and Regions Impacted by COVID-19

More than 30 states are advising residents to shelter-in-place. Nearly three-quarters of all Americans are under some form of restriction.

California

On March 19, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order requiring residents to stay at home unless they work in critical sectors of the economy. This order followed local measures issued in San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles and other cities to limit public gatherings.

Connecticut

Residents are currently directed to "Stay Safe, Stay Home" until at least April 22. Travelers coming from out of state (especially New York) are encouraged to self-quarantine for 14 days. Restaurants are limited to take-out only.

Illinois

Governor J.B. Pritzker has extended a stay-at-home order through the end of April. Exceptions include people going to work at jobs deemed essential, running errands to grocery stores or pharmacies, or exercising.

Chicago

Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced she was ordering closed The 606, the Lakefront Trail, and the Riverwalk. The Chicago Public Libraries has begun closing locations around the city. Brookfield Zoo and the Chicago Botanic Garden are closed. The Shedd Aquarium is closed, but livestreaming online so people can still see the animals. The neighboring Field Museum is dark as is the Art Institute of Chicago.

Maryland

Governor Larry Hogan issued a stay-at-home order on March 30th. Marylanders are allowed to go to an essential job or travel outside for essential reasons such as to seek urgent medical care. Restaurants are either closed or switching to take-out only operations.

Michigan

Under an executive order issued by Governor Gretchen Whitmer residents have been told to stay home and only go out for food or if they work in essential services. Detroit currently has a significant case cluster with more than 1,800 infections identified so far, a number experts expect to rise quickly over the coming days.

Nevada

A travel advisory is currently in place. Residents returning from out-of-state are encouraged to self-quarantine for 14 days. All non-essential travel should be avoided.

Las Vegas

All nonessential businesses (including casinos) are closed. Major casino operators including Las Vegas Sands, MGM Resorts International, and Wynn Resorts have all announced they are shuttering their properties for the time being.

New Jersey

A statewide stay-at-home order is currently in place. All non-essential retail businesses have been ordered to close. Gaming in shutdown in Atlantic City and restaurants around the state are operating on a take-out only basis.

New York

Hospitals across the state have been ordered to work together to combat the epidemic. Institutions upstate have been told to prepare to accept cases from New York City or to transfer available personnel to the city to assist local first responders.

New York City

The city is currently the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the US. Schools are closed in addition to museums, concert venues, and Broadway theatres. Major landmarks like the Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty are closed to visitors.

Pennsylvania

All nonessential businesses are closed indefinitely. More than 10 million Pennsylvania residents, or 80% of the state’s population, have been instructed to remain in their homes, with exceptions that include working at a business that’s still open, going to the grocery store or pharmacy, visiting a doctor, caring for a relative, or heading outside to exercise.

Texas

Governor Greg Abbott issued a directive for residents to avoid eating or drinking inside at bars, restaurants, and food courts. The order prohibits visiting gyms or massage establishments, and expands to include tattoo studios, piercing studios, and cosmetology salons. Current measures will remain in place until at least April 30, 2020.

Virginia

All residents are currently under a stay-at-home order issued by Governor Ralph Northam. Non-essential businesses are closed and people found gathering in groups larger than 10 risk being charged with a misdemeanor offense. Thus far Richmond, Virginia Beach, and the Washington D.C. suburbs have notably high rates of COVID-19 infections.

Washington D.C.

Tourism has ground to a halt in the nation’s capital as stay-at-home orders have closed nonessential businesses and museums. All Smithsonian museums in Washington D.C., including the National Zoo, continue to be closed to support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. All in-person public programs, events, and tours are canceled through June 1.

World Health Organization Recommendations for Travelers

Travelers who are sick should delay or avoid travel. This is particularly true for the elderly and people with chronic diseases or underlying health conditions. General recommendations for personal hygiene, coughing etiquette, and keeping a distance of at least one meter from persons showing symptoms remain particularly important for all travelers. According to the WHO, everyone should:

· Perform hand hygiene frequently, particularly after contact with respiratory secretions. Hand hygiene includes either cleaning hands with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand rub. Alcohol-based hand rubs are preferred if hands are not visibly soiled; wash hands with soap and water when they are visibly soiled.

· Cover your nose and mouth with a flexed elbow or paper tissue when coughing or sneezing. Dispose immediately of the tissue and perform hand hygiene.

· Refrain from touching your mouth and nose.

· In some cultures, masks may be commonly worn. If masks are to be worn, it is critical to follow best practices on how to wear, remove and dispose of them, and on hand hygiene after removal.

Travelers returning from affected areas should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days and follow the current health protocols in their destination country. Some places may require returning travelers to enter official quarantine centers. If symptoms occur, such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, travelers are advised to contact local healthcare providers, preferably by phone, and inform them of their symptoms and their travel history.

Staying vigilant and practicing these simple precautions will dramatically reduce the likelihood you contract COVID-19. Keep your wits about you and consult expert information from the WHO or your country’s infectious disease specialists. COVID-19 continues to spread and the risk remains high in many countries. However, there is no reason to panic and the best advice is to follow the sensible precautionary measures outlined above.

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