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What Could A Socially Distanced Summer Look Like?

A woman takes in the sun near a closed beach in South Beach, Miami.
A woman takes in the sun near a closed beach in South Beach, Miami.

Ah, summertime.  Schools finish for the year. People cook out in their backyards. Families head to the lake or the ocean.

But given the state of the pandemic, it’s looking like many of those traditions won’t happen in the same ways. Planning a traditional summer vacation has posed a particular challenge. Flights have been changed, hotel reservations have been postponed, and some trips have been canceled altogether.

The hotel industry, which was rocked by the pandemic, is hoping its renewed cleaning standards will give travelers the confidence they need to book a room. Some theme parks have reopened but industry leaders are hoping Florida’s  uptick in cases won’t keep thrill-seekers away.

What does a socially distant summer vacation look like? How can Americans keep themselves safe while traveling? And how can we judge what’s risky and what’s not?

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