August 5, 2020
COVID Update #25
Lea Filson, Executive Director, See Plymouth
It has been a breath of fresh air dining outdoors this past week. As stores, begin opening with limited numbers of customers allowed, we are all in our own way, trying to find a normalcy within the confines of a deadly virus.

The pandemic continues not caring whether you believe or do not believe in it. It silently spreads through people who appear well with no concern as to whether it will end up leaving health problems for years or death tomorrow. 

I don’t mean to be a downer, but seriously, we must stay firm in our commitment that people wear masks in our establishments, distance appropriately, and use sanitizer. As I predicted, this is lasting so much longer than we could have imagined. 

I finally made it to a hair salon and listened as my young stylist explained why she is going to begin home schooling. I cannot imagine the stress those of you with kids are going through. 

The new state travel restrictions have not been great for tourism or business in general, but I heard from a Cape Cod colleague that while they received many cancellations because of the restrictions, soon after they received new reservations from those happy for the perceived rules for safety. I am hoping that happens here as well. Many have expressed to me that they wish New England would settle on uniform guidelines so we could at least visit each other. 

The main thing we can do right now is support each other. When a vaccine finally arrives, we will all begin recovering from the pandemic and exchanging war stories. It’s funny how uncontrollable acts of nature bring out the best in some and the worst in others. Try hard to be on the side of ‘best’. You will be healthier for it and everyone will be happier for it.

This week we bring to you interesting news that will offer guidance, as well as observations on how the pandemic is creating unfair consequences. Read the last entry and smile. It will do you good…
Congratulations Best Western
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on being named among Tripadvisor's Travelers' Choice Winners. Each year Tripadvisor combs through reviews, ratings and saves from travelers everywhere and recognizes businesses that earn consistently great user reviews. Travelers’ Choice (formerly Certificate of Excellence) winners are among the top 10% of businesses on Tripadvisor.com.
A Complete Guide to
State Travel Restrictions
The Arts are Sustaining Great Losses from the Pandemic
Pioneer Institute Public Policy Guide for Economic Recovery in Retail and Hospitality
Helpful Information for Reopening Tourism for
Those with Disabilities
Insurance Companies Deny Restaurants’ COVID Claims
This is so familiar to me. During Hurricane Katrina, my wind insurance blamed the flood and refused to pay, and the flood insurance blamed the wind and refused to pay. They kept their billions, and we were all left to fend for ourselves.
As always, here is the latest update from U.S. Travel Association:
Most Expensive Places to Stay in August 2020
Do you remember when we used to see articles like this one and think, “…if only…” Today, we would probably pay anything to stay anywhere!
Time to Smile…
28 Coronavirus Jokes

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