During the first wave of COVID-19 in the USA, most cities bore the brunt of the pandemic. They were shut down for months in a desperate attempt to “flatten the curve.” As numbers of new infections and deaths soared, travel bans and other measures to combat the spread of the virus crippled the theatre industry and other sectors of tourism. Most attraction sites were shut down and popular shows like The Lion King, Moulin Rouge, Hamilton, which sold millions of dollars in tickets were not generating revenue.
The absence of domestic travelers, international travelers, and theatregoers who spent billions of dollars at hotels, restaurants, and public transportation took a further toll on the city’s economy. Fast forward to January 2021, and the pandemic is still raging across the world. No one really knows what the future holds. It would seem as though the pandemic is going to be with us for the foreseeable future.
However, people are once again living their lives within the parameters of the COVID-19 restrictions. And most cities and states are once again open to travelers. So, why should you visit Put-in-Bay and other top attractions in the United State?
Attraction sites are ensuring visitors are safe
Across New York City and other great cities in the US, zoos, botanical gardens, and other open-air attractions categorized as ‘low-risk’ have reopened over the past months. In late August 2020, for instance, some cultural institutions and museums such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art were opened in accordance with the city’s COVID-19 infection prevention guidelines.
The Empire State Building reopened on July 20th, 2020 and enacted strict policies to ensure the safety of visitors. Some of these policies include requiring masks, temperature checks, and limiting the facility’s capacity to less than 20 percent of its usual volume.
Generally, attraction sites in NYC and other cities across the country have implemented these COVID-19 infection prevention measures. Policing has also played a key role in ensuring compliance across the city, and nearly every New Yorker understands the new norm.
Safe, affordable accommodation options
There are many types of accommodation in different states and cities in the US. However, guests should check in with the individual hotels, hostels, apartments, and Bed & Breakfasts for specific cleaning and other safety measures. Some of these measures include physical distancing, protective equipment, and screening activities such as mandatory temperature checks. Some of the available accommodation options include;
There numerous hotels for travelers heading to the United States. Most well-known hotel chains can be found in the country. The prices vary depending on the area you intend to stay, with hotels close to top attraction costing higher than those located in the suburbs and outskirts.
It is generally relatively expensive to stay in a Manhattan hotel. Fortunately, there are well-priced hotels or boutique hotels located in the boroughs located around Manhattan. For instance, there are many hotels situated in Brooklyn, California, Florida, Ohio, and other states. Most of these hotels have beautiful apartment-style rooms, each with a small kitchenette, private balcony, direct access to the luscious garden, and other features.
If you are traveling to Lake Erie Islands, you may want to learn more about Put-in-Bay hotels, both the affordable ones and expensive ones. Be sure to check the hotels’ reputation before you make any reservation.
If you intend to stay in the country for an extended period, consider long-term accommodation options like renting an apartment. Along with the apartment rent, some landlords require a security deposit, which is usually equivalent to one month’s rent.
Home rental or home exchange program
If you’re traveling with your family or as a group and plan to stay in the country for a couple of weeks, a home rental or home exchange program may be a cost-effective solution. Home rentals are costlier than home exchanges, but both options are more affordable than staying in hotels that provide similar services.
Bed & Breakfast
These are private homes that rent out their spare rooms to travelers. They’re an affordable alternative to impersonal motels and hotels. Most Bed & Breakfasts require timely reservations and a deposit.
Most hostels in New York City and other cities are laid out like dorms with bunk beds in single-sex rooms. They offer utensils and kitchens for your use. If you’re traveling on a low budget, hostels may be the best option as they are affordable.
Where to eat
The United States’ dining scene is associated with unparalleled cuisine from different regions around the world. Restaurants, bars, and other eateries dotted around the country started opening for outdoor services during series of reopening plans rolled out in most cities and states. Be sure to choose a dining facility with strict virus infection prevention measures.
When visiting USA, it is mandatory to follow the city’s COVID-19 guidelines, including mask-wearing, frequent hand sanitizing, and physical distancing. It is also essential to phone ahead and book before visiting any attractions found in the country.
While many places will be open, there are limits on the number of people allowed inside the building or precinct at any given moment. If you don’t make a reservation early enough, you might have to wait in a long line outside or be denied access that day.
Lastly, it’s important to learn about different ways of getting around in different cities and attraction areas. For instance, during your vacation in Put-in-Bay Ohio, golf cart rentals will be the best transportation option.