There is no doubt that this year has been tough for people all over the world due to COVID-19. Conspiracy theories have run amok. News has become distressing. Many are not prepared for what is to come when they return to their companies offices. Many countries and companies are unsure when they will be ready to reopen their doors.
That said, a few countries and companies are reopening, and we could not be more excited for what is on the horizon. In the midst of all this, here is a hint of good news heard around the world in this week’s coronavirus news update.
In this article:
- Greece Reopens to American Tourists Without Quarantine
- Italy Reopens to EU Residents and some Non-EU Residents
- Disney World and Universal Studios Adjust Mask Wearing Policy
- UK Vaccine Success Prepares for Major Reopening
- A Hint of Good News Goes A Long Way
Greece Reopens to American Tourists Without Quarantine
How does sunsets in Santorini, climbing Mount Olympus, and visiting the historical Parthenon sound? These are a few reasons why tens of millions of tourists visit Greece each year. Greece has announced it is now allowing vaccinated American tourists into their country. Plus, they are free to enter without quarantine. This is a hint of good coronavirus news for eager travelers back in the United States.
Italy Reopens to EU Residents and some Non-EU Residents
Greece’s Mediterranean neighbor, Italy, is also reopening. Starting on May 16th, Italy will allow EU residents and some non-EU residents to enter. Health Minister Roberto Speranza stated Italy would be open to European Union Countries. The list also extends to the Arab Emirates, Japan, Israel, and the UK. For EU countries, countries in the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, and Israel, quarantine is not required upon entry. But, you will need proof of a negative test taken two days before departure.
For citizens of the United States, Canada, Japan, and the Arab Emirates, the rules are a bit different. Along with a negative PCR coronavirus test 48 hours before your flight, there will be rapid testing upon departure and arrival.
Disney World and Universal Studios Adjust Mask Wearing Policy
Known to the rest of the world as the “Happiest Place on Earth,” Walt Disney Co. has announced a hint of good coronavirus news for theme park fans. Starting on Saturday, May 15th, both DisneyWorld and Universal Studios visitors do not have to wear a mask outdoors. Although, masks are still required upon entry and throughout the park’s attractions and transportation.
If you ever visited Orlando, Florida, you will know this is a step in a great direction during the summertime. It is a small step, but the “Happiest Place on Earth” just got happier.
UK Vaccine Success Prepares for Major Reopening
Britain’s hopes are on the rise thanks to successful vaccine rollout. 36 million people, over two-thirds of the population, have received their first dose, and 19 million people have received both doses.
As a result, starting Monday, May 17th, restaurants, bars, hotels, theaters, and other museums are also set to open. Plus, London’s Science Museum, which brings in millions of visitors every year, is set to reopen next week. Precautions are still set in place to ensure safety. Still, the easing of social distancing rules has indeed boosted the morale of Britons all over.
One of the top government vaccination advisors, Anthony Harnden, believes the country is moving in the right direction. He hopes things will get closer to normal around next summer.
A Hint of Good News Goes A Long Way
Countries and companies across the globe are doing their best to combat COVID-19. Yet, wherever you are, it is easy to get bogged down with the daily news cycle. With that, a hint of good news goes a long way. Greece, Italy, the UK, and Disney World and Universal Studios are reopening. We all are hopeful that this is a sign of better news to come.
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