Travel and Tour World: The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) recently called upon all travellers to wear protective face masks as a part of their ‘wear to care’ campaign urging travellers to show care for themselves and others as a part of the new normal of travelling. The move comes following the ease of lockdown restrictions across various countries around the globe as they have slowly started reopening their borders.
Travel Pulse: As part of the joint safety task force created by Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line, dubbed the Healthy Sail Panel, officials will be developing practical social distancing measures for cruise ships. When vessels are once again permitted to sail—no definitive timetable has been developed—officials from both Royal Caribbean and Norwegian said they expect to operate the ships with limited passenger capacity.
New York Times: Cards for sale that claim to exempt people from wearing masks during the coronavirus pandemic are fraudulent, federal officials said. The cards — featuring a red, white and blue eagle logo and approximately the size of a business card — say the bearer is exempt from ordinances requiring them to wear masks in public.
PhocusWire: Fewer airlines in North America are using health protocols such as thermal scanning and requiring travelers to complete health declaration forms compared to airlines in other parts of the world. That analysis comes from VIDEC, a travel industry advisory and analytics firm that has been compiling data in its Safe Travel Barometer, a dashboard that tracks health and safety measures from 360 companies including airports, hotels, cruise, amusement parks and 70 destinations.
Travel Weekly: How drastically travel is going to change post-Covid-19 has been a topic of nonstop discussion the past three months.
Yet despite all the stories we and others have written about health protocols and other changes, the reality of just how abnormal this new normal will be didn’t really hit home until last week. That’s when my confirmation arrived for Saturday’s sailing of American Cruise Lines‘ American Song, which is expected to be the first U.S.-based ship to cruise since the mid-March travel shutdown.
Richard Branson-backed Virgin Voyages on Thursday unveiled a list of anti-coronavirus measures it planned to implement when cruising resumes that included “rapid and effective COVID-19 testing for all sailors and crew prior to embarking.”