What to Expect During Your Boston Trip After Reopening
As the COVID-19 virus continues to spread at a rampant pace in the U.S., many states are taking this time in lockdown to figure out a way to handle the outbreak while reopening the economy.
Especially in states like Massachusetts which have a higher rate of infection, the government has laid out a four-step plan to help their citizens resume daily life, while they do their part in flattening the curve of the COVID-19 virus.
So, for any travelers to Boston who may need to visit the city soon, here’s what you should expect during your trip!
1. You’ll Have Limited Freedom
You will be allowed to visit the beaches, zoos, parks, as well as drive-in movie theatres. Salons and smaller businesses like the corner stores and some offices will also be able to open back up. However, they all must meet the state’s safety requirements. Businesses outside of Boston will also be allowed to bring in workers, but the limit is capped at 25 percent.
2. You’ll Still Need to Practice Social Distancing and All Safety Guidelines
Washing your hands, wearing a mask, maintaining a social distance of about six feet—you’ll still need to follow all safety protocol when you’re outdoors. Social gatherings will also be capped at ten people. And play dates and parties will not be allowed. Keep in mind; things haven’t changed in terms of the outbreak. So, we’ll still need to be vigilant.
3. You Won’t Be Able to Eat at a Restaurant Or Book a Hotel Room
These factors are part of the second phase of the reopening plan for Massachusetts. So far, the earliest dates for implementing the second phase is June 8th, but this date is tentative. Depending on public health data, it may take even more time for hotels, restaurants, and any non-essential retailers to open back up. And even if they do, they’ll still have to limit capacity to maintain social distance.
4. Nursing Homes Won’t Allow Visitors
Not now, or for a while.
According to the World Health Organization, older adults are at a highest risk of getting COVID-19. And since there is evidence that many COVID-19 cases are asymptomatic, i.e. the person may not show any symptoms of even having the virus. Nursing homes cannot take the risk of exposing their residents to anyone who may be carrying it.
5. Life Will Follow a New Normal
Let’s be clear; things cannot go back to the way they were. The COVID-19 outbreak has shown us the error in our previous ways. So, you can expect to see some changes in how most industries manage human interaction.
Hygiene will take center-stage for the food, entertainment and travel industry. Workplaces will likely implement a work-from-home policy, and most business will be cautious in reopening offices. So, we’ll be seeing a lot of positive changes take place.
How Cubby Is Managing the Reopening
Including Boston, our short-term luggage storage service is also operating in Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, Galveston, Dallas, Atlanta, Austin, Houston, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Redwood City. We’ve implemented a system to have our luggage storage providers follow all CDC mandated guidelines, to protect their health.
So, you can be sure you won’t be at any risk of exposure. Just remember to do your part in disinfecting your luggage before handing it over, and following the rules per the reopening plan. Sooner or later, we’ll all get through this, stronger and more united than ever!