Dear Australia and fans thereof, hot off the press, timetable for post-coronavirus tourism restart has been released and first flight date revealed. For those who appreciate the need to choose your words wisely, please take special note to those in "quotations." According to the Tourism Restart Taskforce
(yes, it is real), Australians "may" be allowed to travel to NZ and the Pacific from July 1, and other countries deemed “safe” from September, according to their timetable just produced.
This important taskforce meets once a week, in full regard of social distancing of 2 metres, to discuss and agree on a plan to reopen the tourism industry, with government representatives often in attendance. The last meeting on May 22, the taskforce approved the timetable covering domestic travel and events, and international travel.
This week also saw a plan submitted ACT government and industry groups for a “proof of concept flight” between Canberra and Wellington departing on July 1. “We are saying that New Zealand travel will commence on July 1 and from 10 September we will consider whether other bubbles can commence,”
John Hart the Chair of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Tourism said. If you are concerned how you ended up in a world where consideration on "whether other bubbles can commence,”
just chalk it up to the new normal.
This timetable, which has been labelled “aspirational”, says the final decision will rest with the NZ and Australian governments, but several key departments are now reportedly working towards these dates. Pacific nations will be included in the proposed NZ bubble. For those of us wondering how and when things will be getting back to "normal", we say, how dare you?
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