Wanna go to NYC? That’s a 14 day quarantine. Think you’ll go to Disney? Think again buckaroo. Tourist-dependent employee? Just keep binge watching Netflix…
(by Half Dollar) Even if people were ready to begin going on vacation again, it is by no means an easy feat.
In fact, successfully pulling off a vacation in the Summer of 2020 is more akin to a miracle, smothered in luck.
With a dash of bribery.
And a pinch of Make-A-Wish.
And a sprinkle of circumstantial proximity.
Now, I do think Disney is Pure Evil, but regardless of what I think, the sheer reach of government is nothing short of astonishing.
That is to say, on the one hand, the government, at all levels, talks of “recovery” and “re-opening”, but on the other hand, government, at all levels, is micro-managing every single aspect of every single public thing, and arguably even all things private, so much so that if what is generally a quintessential, iconic American company can’t even decide when it will re-open, or how it will re-open, what individual or group of people would ever take the risk to open a small business with so much uncertainty caused by Big Brother in general, and The Party specifically?
On top of that, what happens when the City puts out one rule, the County puts out another rule, the State puts out another rule, the Federal Government puts out another rule, Trump puts out another rule, and all of those rules conflict with each other to one degree or another?
There’s an acronym for that: SNAFU.
I mean, listen to some of what Disney has said (bold added for emphasis):
The State of California has now indicated that it will not issue theme park reopening guidelines until sometime after July 4. Given the time required for us to bring thousands of cast members back to work and restart our business, we have no choice but to delay the reopening of our theme parks and resort hotels until we receive approval from government officials. Once we have a clearer understanding of when guidelines will be released, we expect to be able to communicate a reopening date.
Here’s the question: Why in the world would a person or family even consider planning a vacation to Disney, or any other theme park for that matter?
I mean, my family goes to a theme park at least once a year, and many times that has been the very big ones, including Disney, Land or World.
The thought hasn’t even crossed our minds.
It’s a pickle for businesses too, because we’re talking about the peak of summer travel during one of the most critical weeks of the year, especially for tourism, with the 4th of July falling on Saturday, and many people who are still working, with decent jobs and good benefits, getting either that Friday off, that Monday off, or both.
Here’s the entire statement, from Disney:
Which is what brings me to New York City.
And the Northeast in general.
Now, I haven’t looked into the exact guidelines, because quite frankly, I woke-up with some indigestion this morning, so I don’t really feel like throwing-up a little bit in my mouth, but apparently, people from coronavirus “hot spots” will be required to quarantine for 14 days prior to entering the states of New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut, as agreed upon in some sort of mutual, regional agreement.
From Zero Hedge (bold added for emphasis):
New York, Connecticut and New Jersey are ordering all visitors to their states, which have only recently gotten over the worst of the viral outbreak, to quarantine for two weeks first.
So scratch those plans to visit New York City, or Lake Placid, or Niagara Falls, or wherever.
Unless, of course, you can afford to quarantine (like, at the border?) for two weeks first.
Forget a ‘V’-shaped recovery because it’s looking more and more like an ‘L’-shaped recovery, only, we haven’t even finished collapsing yet.
Half Dollar’s Note: The featured image of this article is an artistic representation of a couple different themes, fused together, for the sole purpose of education in the form of stimulating critical thinking.