LIMA — COVID-19 continues to play havoc with many people’s vacation and travel plans as we head into the two busiest summer months for travel, June and July.
“It’s no secret the travel industry took a big hit,” said Cindy Nelson, sales manager at the Lima AAA office, “but we are starting to see it come back.”
Popular in-state destinations like Cedar Point and Kings Island remain closed, awaiting word from Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Health Department on what it would take to reopen. Locally, the popular Armstrong Air and Space Museum in Wapakoneta also remains closed.
“I’ve not seen any kind of anticipated date for them to open yet. But all of the amusement parks are still closed. Universal and Disney down in Florida is supposed to open in July, some June. Some different dates there. It just depends on if people want to go down there. We had some people who came in last week and they were looking at Universal tickets because they’re going to be driving down there. So it’s really your comfort level and what you’re ready to do because we’re definitely still able to help you get there,” Nelson said.
If you’ve already booked a trip and are concerned about refunds, you’ll want to know that travel insurance doesn’t apply to what we’re going through now.
“Travel insurance doesn’t cover for pandemics, unfortunately, so you might want to look at maybe if a vendor offers ‘cancel for any reason,” you might want to look at something like that. But really know your policy, know what you’re getting into. Don’t just book something online. Work with somebody who’s going to go over all those policies with you and make sure you understand them,” Nelson said.
People who may have considered longer trips are still seeing travel bans to contend with, not only for other countries, but also here in the United States.
“You really got to know where you’re going, what bans are there. If you’re going to Hawaii, you are in mandatory quarantine for 14 days in your hotel once you are there. So you really got to know what state is requiring because every state is different and with the airlines you’ve got to know what they’re requiring. Some of them are requiring facemasks, some of them are optional. You’ve got to make sure you are watching every single policy,” Nelson said.
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