By Duncan Smith
The COVID-19 pandemic has really hit the travel industry hard, as tens of millions of Americans have stayed put for months due to varying degrees of restrictions and lockdowns.
But now that hope in on the horizon thanks to a monumental effort by President Donald Trump to get a vaccine developed quickly, that day has arrived.
The first injection was given to a nurse in New York City on Monday after shipments of the vaccine left Pfizer’s manufacturing facility in Kalamazoo, Mich. on Sunday.
Depending on how effective the vaccine really is, we may be on the cusp of returning to a normal life in America.
But for some reason, the same travel industry that has been devastated, economically, by the pandemic appears poised to continue losing money.
Hotels have now joined airlines in considering whether or not to mandate that all guests have proof of COVID vaccination before being allowed to stay.
Several airlines have already announced plans to make the shot a compulsory condition of flying. According to anecdotal evidence, hotels and other forms of accommodation could follow suit.
A reader of the LockdownSkeptics website reported that a hotel in Scotland which offers wildlife holidays is preparing to adopt the no vaccine, no service policy.
'Should a vaccination program be rolled out in the next few months, then it is likely we will require all guests to have been vaccinated before arrival,' states an item in the hotel's newsletter.
'2020 has undoubtedly have been a hard year for the hotel and they have already put in place a wide range of COVID-19 related 'safety' measures which will have had significant cost and massively reduced their occupancy rates,' states the reader. 'They will be balancing the requirements of both the Government and their customers, and, in respect of the latter, they clearly envisage that their customers will expect the highest possible levels of 'safety' and will, on the whole, regard this vaccination requirement positively!'
'I fear that, whatever the science and whatever Government might say, we are all going to be forced inexorably into a situation where 'Vaccination Certificates', de facto if not de jure, become necessary to lead even a reasonable life in the months (years?) to come.'
Here’s the thing: At present, at least 50 percent of Americans do not want to take this vaccine, period.
That’s an improvement from September when two-thirds said they’d say no.
But half is still a lot. And we’re not even over this pandemic yet.
You’d think any business right about now would be doing everything it could to attract customers, not create impediments for them.
We’re not sure requiring people to get a vaccine before they’re allowed to utilize a service is even legal. But we’re about to find out.
Meantime, it might be better for the ‘concerned’ travel industry to drop the BS and find ways to get people back into their hotels and back onto their planes amid historic financial losses.
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