CALGARY (660 NEWS) — With spring on the horizon, people are itching to get out of the four walls of their house.
With vaccine announcements seemingly coming fast and furious these days – does this mean we should be dusting off our passports and making travel plans?
Several provincial governments have made the promise that every adult will have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of June.
That has tourism organizations excited.
“I said to my team, you know what, we need to sit down and re-do our strat plan,” said Cindy Ady, the CEO of Tourism Calgary.
And that ability, to plan, is something that the hard-hit tourism industry across the country hasn’t been able to do in a very long time.
“Might they be a bit muted still? Yes, but at least we can plan forward. That’s the difference,” said Ady.
What does that mean for crowds – like hockey games, concerts, or Stampede?
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Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health announced there have been requests for larger gatherings, and they are taking a look.
“Those proposals are part of the larger group of proposals that we’re looking at, recognizing that as more vaccines come on board, and looking forward and planning forward, we need to be ready for being able to do activities safely, that we haven’t done in a very long time,” said Dr. Deena Hinshaw.
It’s all good news. Back to normal, right? Well, maybe.
While getting the vaccines in arms is definitely a positive, some experts say that doesn’t mean it’s time to drop our guards.
There isn’t enough data about transmitting the virus after only one dose.
“So yeah, people will probably feel more comfortable hopping on a plane with the vaccine, but again, it’s the mask that’s important to prevent transmission. And you may be vaccinated, but not necessarily everyone else on the plane is vaccinated,” said Daniel Gregson, a professor in the Departments of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Calgary.
Maybe it’s too soon to start booking flights. But – it could be time to start making plans.