The recent emergence of omicron, the latest variant of concern in the ongoing COVID-19 saga, has countries around the world reacting, some say overreacting, with travel restrictions.
As of this being written, there is no conclusive evidence on how transmittable the new variant is or whether it is resistant to vaccines.
Whether closing borders will prevent omicron from spreading remains to be seen, but the new variant is appearing around the globe, including here in Canada, where visitors from outside North America will be tested at airports, which some believe will lead to chaos.
Of course, Canadian travellers not affected by the most recent precautions already had to prove they were double vaccinated before leaving and provide a test done within 72 hours of arriving back in this country.
Still, Canadians seemed more open to travel, be it for a golf vacation down south, or on business such as attending next month’s PGA Show in Orlando, than they had been at any point in the pandemic, but now, the United States is making it mandatory for Canadians and others who arrive by air to get a COVID-19 test no more than one day before their departures, regardless of vaccination status
Has the emergence of the omicron variant dampened the desire of Canadians to travel? Has the possibility of increased transmission or travel hassles caused you to decide against any travel plans?
That’s the GNN Poll question of the week.
You can answer below or on the GNN home page and if you’d like to add a few thoughts on this subject, please use the Comments section below.
Has the recent emergence of the omicron variant caused you to decide against a golf vacation or business trip?
- Yes. (53%)
- No. (47%)