At the beginning of June, duty They traveled to Las Vegas and New York, two cities that have woken up after seeing their economies devastated and their residents suffering due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
To travel to the United States, access some facilities and return to Canada, our journalists had to undergo heavy and expensive health measures. In all, journalist Roxanne Liuzon, sent to Las Vegas, had to pass five screening tests, including two in American clinics. Our journalists ended their trip with two weeks of mandatory home quarantine, preceded by days of mandatory hotel confinement in Montreal.
But in Las Vegas, the contrast was astonishing, even frightening, as caution persists in Quebec. Encouraged by the decline in cases of Covid-19 virus and the progress of vaccination, recklessness was the slogan of the entertainment city. Distancing is no longer required and the mask was worn by a minority of tourists, despite the packed crowds. It was a unique moment, as the city had been deserted for several months.
A few weeks later, cases of COVID-19 began to rise in Nevada. Over the course of 14 days, Clark County, where Las Vegas is located, saw an average of 664 infections per day. However, there are New Year’s celebrations planned, including fireworks, parades, and parades. Concerts.
At the Big Apple, our journalist Clémence Pavic notes that Spring has done its job. Most of the health restrictions were lifted a few weeks before our visit. While the famous Times Square was not crowded, it was still crowded, as were the restaurants. Many tourists attended with their selfie columns. Most were from the United States, but others came from further afield to get the vaccine — like Amaury Hernandez and Carolina Fandino, a Colombian couple met at the hotel.
This surge in tourists has had a small balm effect on the economy of major cities, which have been hit hard by international travel restrictions. But New York has also been stunned by another phenomenon: its residents have tasted remote work and its office towers are deserted. The workers are gradually returning, but the city may change forever.
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