A year ago (and a day) I posted about having no words in navigating the uncharted world of a pandemic. I was physically in the same place that I am today, the Four Seasons Resort in Punta Mita, Mexico, where we have spent Spring break as long as we’ve had a kid in school who has a holiday, with several of the same families.
This time the conversation is different. We are not wondering if Mexico is going to shut borders and we won’t be able to get back into the states. We aren’t in a place that hotel services could completely shut down and all food will come via room service to our room. The beaches aren’t closed. Many of us have had shots. People are very careful, but now they have data to make decisions – like to wear a mask for other’s safety.
Some of that data is still holding true. According to Statistican as of March 10, just in the United States, there have been more than 525,000 COVID-19 deaths. I’ve known so many people who have had COVID, some who didn’t make it. Last year, I talked about supporting local restaurants and buying from wineries. The WTTC, says the U.S. lost 9.2 million jobs in 2020 due to COVID-19 and travel restrictions. However, if you can support your favorite places, please do. They are on year two being rocked foundationally, and need your support.
You know I’ve been pretty shut down during this pandemic and this is really one of my first times to re-emerge. So how do I feel about it? Honestly, the check-in process at Terminal D at American Airlines was completely terrifying. It was clear they didn’t expect people would get back on a plane or they were completely unprepared. Hundreds of people standing in line with very little navigation. And that was the Priority/First Class Lane.
Once through security, which was easy, it was just a matter of avoiding people . Masks at the airport are mandatory … unless you are the 100 that we counted in the time that we boarded our plane who either weren’t wearing or were wearing improperly. So, there’s that.
But once we got to the Four Seasons, a place that brings an automatic exhale every pass through the gates, it was worth the trip and the protocals were more than we have seen anywhere in Texas. With VinValise in hand, it’s always nice to come home for a holiday. But it is with eyes wide open. It’s clear the pandemic is far from under control, so I do my best to balance keeping safety and sanity.