Wow. When we last wrote about the pandemic, it was March 1, and while COVID-19 seemed scary, many of us had yet to acknowledge the extent to which it would soon come to affect our lives. Events developed with stunning rapidity thereafter. Just a couple of weeks later, with the virus spreading in the United States, our jobs as professors shifted to online teaching for the rest of the semester, and our state enacted social distancing guidelines in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus.
Now, as researchers learn more about the virus, and as multiple entities work diligently on treatment and vaccine possibilities, questions are emerging about when a return to something resembling normalcy might be possible. But with so much uncertainty surrounding continued or renewed outbreaks and the potential timelines for medical breakthroughs, there are as yet no definitive answers to that question.
Where does that leave Leaping Hound Travel? As of now, registration for our January 2021 trip to Italy remains open. However, given the current unknowns, in the coming weeks and months we will rely on guidance from organizations such as the CDC and WHO, as well as governmental travel and activity restrictions, in order to determine whether that trip can proceed as planned. We are hopeful that it will. Of course, we believe it would be an outstanding trip, but more vitally, once it is again safe to travel, we want to be able to support the places on our itinerary that rely heavily on tourism, and who will be looking to bounce back economically from the impact of the virus.
Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the above information or anything else. We get back to you super fast!
-Liz & Adam,
Leaping Hound Travel Co-founders