Cruel summer

Quick note: Thanks to all those who signed up for the reader advisory group yesterday. I’ll be in touch very shortly if you haven’t heard from me already.

Today, a comment thread about summer plans.

Background: The European Union is floating plans to reopen its borders — but ban Americans — because of “poor handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.” (The Verge)

Fine, no problem, we’ll stay here. According to the WSJ ($), “many health experts agree that as long as you take the necessary precautions, closer-to-home vacations in relatively uncrowded spots are fairly low risk.”

In fact, Congressional Republicans are talking about a $4,000-per-adult tax credit for domestic travel more than 50 miles from home. (Forbes).

That said:

  • Coronvirus cases are on the rise in many parts of the country, especially in the South and West (CBS News). (Texas, Arizona, and Florida and California, for example.)

  • At least 12 U.S. states still require a 2-week quarantine when you cross the border, while two others require a negative Covid-19 test before you can enter (Business Insider).

  • And, as of the start of last month, more than half of Americans said they’d canceled their summer travel plans. (Adweek). Among them: the director of the National Institutes of Health, who is skipping his family beach vacation, citing virus concerns. (USA Today)

By the way, next year’s trips are already booking up—because clients who prepaid are postponing their trips rather than canceling outright. (WSJ, $)

So, I’d like to know your plans this summer—especially since the latest good survey results I can find on this are now more than a month old.

Are you taking vacations this summer? Changing plans or destinations at all? Playing it safe and staying close to home, or else taking advantage of the chance to travel while other people are staying home?

Let us know in the comments.