Remember the good ol’ days of packed casinos and long lines to ride the newest roller coaster or get into a live music venue?
What seemed a normal part of visiting a poppin’ tourist destination is now a thing of the past.
It’s no secret COVID-19 has destroyed local businesses, many of them forced to shut their doors forever. But infamous tourist destinations are facing the brunt of it too – and some won’t be able to recover.
As businesses slowly begin to ease restrictions, many are operating at minimum capacity, terrified their business will create an outbreak if they open their doors.
And when they do, visiting once sacred locations will be a miserable experience with mandatory masks and temperature checks upon entry – not to mention several activities within the popular venues shut down indefinitely.
After all, what’s the point of paying a premium to visit a place if you can’t experience all it has to offer like live entertainment and shows?
Sure, popular tourist destinations might try a gradual reopening to see how it goes, but with rental fees and other operating costs – destinations all around the world simply can’t withstand such stringent mandated social distancing restrictions.
Here’s a look at some of the top tourist destinations around the world and how they are dealing with the “new normal.”
Disney Warns You Might Get COVID-19
A once thriving destination for families and couples, Disney is now a ghost town.
According to Orlando Weekly, capital spending across Disney parks has been reduced by a whopping $900 million worldwide.
Several projects at Epcot that were expected to draw in large crowds have been postponed indefinitely.
Disney Springs has started a gradual reopening allowing guests to sample a small number of shopping boutiques and restaurants – but for now, the theme park and resort hotels are closed.
New social distancing guidelines could include everything from mandatory masks for all guests and employees, to temperature checks upon entering the park.
If that isn’t enough to deter people from visiting, Disney actually posted a statement on their own website warning people if they visit Disney they could get COVID-19.
Their website states:
“An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death.”
Not exactly a statement of confidence from Disney or one that will draw in a crowd.
Le Casino de Monte-Carlo, Monaco – Throw Away Decks
Gamblers looking for a relaxing time at the casino are in for a rude awakening with mandatory temperature checks and masks.
And upon opening, casinos will be forced to take on additional expenses such as throwing away decks of cards after a single use, not to mention a limited operating capacity.
The Wall Street Journal reported:
“When the principality’s four casinos reopen, possibly in June, guests will receive pouches containing hand sanitizer and silk gloves as well as masks, which will be mandatory. Decks of cards will be discarded after a single use. Dice, chips and slot machines will be wiped regularly with disinfectant.
Expect a twist at the roulette table, where the croupier normally allows the ball to circle the wheel twice—during which gamblers can keep picking numbers—before announcing “no more bets.”
Kind of takes the fun out of gambling when it’s being run like a surgical hospital.
People want to gamble and relax – not focus on having their games altered and an obsession with disinfecting everything they touch.
And expect to see the same restrictions in Vegas.
Visit Hawaii – Get Arrested
Once a beautiful destination for romantic getaways and adventurous island hopping has turned into a “do not visit” spot.
In fact, the Governor has point blank told people to stay away and has extended his mandatory 14-day quarantine for all travelers until July 1st.
Think you can get away with visiting Hawaii and doing stuff anyway?
One tourist recently visited Hawaii and posted several photos on his Instagram page.
The pictures were innocent enough – a few of him on the beach and walking around at night.
Apparently, Hawaii is pretty serious about their mandatory 14-day quarantine – and once they viewed the photos and found out this young tourist was walking around – he was arrested with a bail of $4,000.
And during COVID-19, even sunbathing on the beach is a crime.
With such ridiculousness, Hawaii is bound to continue to take a massive tourism hit.
Only The Strongest Will Survive
With such a drastic decrease in guests and the added expense of implementing costly social distancing protocols, we can expect several companies to go out of business – the cost is just too great to maintain.
How can a business survive at a 25-percent operating capacity?
They can’t. At least not for long.
And with some projections claiming social distancing will last well into 2021, sadly we can expect some of our favorite places to close their doors forever.
It’s a different world folks.
And travel will never be the same, at least not anytime soon.
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