Omicron Unravels Travel Industry’s Plans for a Comeback

Courtesy of Peter Schmeck

HYANNIS (AP ) – Tourism businesses that were just finding their footing after nearly two years of devastation wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic are being rattled again as countries throw up new barriers to travel in an effort to contain the omicron variant.

Meanwhile, travelers eager to get out there have been thrown back into the old routine of reading up on new requirements and postponing trips.

For all the alarm, little is known about omicron, including whether it is more contagious, causes more serious illness or can evade vaccines.

Still, governments that were slow to react to the first wave of COVID-19 are eager to avoid past mistakes.

Businesses everywhere from shopping districts in Japan to ski resorts in the Alps are feeling the hit.

By DAVID KOENIG and YURI KAGEYAMA, The Associated Press
About Grady Culhane

Grady Culhane is a Cape Cod native currently living in Eastham. He studied media communications at Cape Cod Community College and joined the CapeCod.com News Center in 2019.



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