March 13, 2020 COVID-19 tour updates & information
UPDATE TO THE UPDATE:
New York State has closed all non-essential businesses. All tours will be suspended indefinitely. I will miss meeting wonderful people on the tour and I hope you all stay safe. If you are booked for a tour in the future, please get in touch with me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am slowly working through my calendar and taking care of cancellations. Please check back in the brighter future for a tour or two. Also, please follow my other work like my blog and my upcoming podcast.
As many of you are already aware, New York declared a state of emergency yesterday in light of the threat COVID-19 poses. Broadway will shut down, the St. Paddy’s Day parade is cancelled, and most major New York attractions will be closed indefinitely. Additionally, with the European travel ban, many who had scheduled a visit to New York will sadly not be able to see their plans come to fruition. This is a devastating, confusing, difficult time for many around the world.
So I wanted to say first that I am deeply sorry for anyone worldwide who is suffering with coronavirus, who has watched loved ones fall ill, and to those whose day-to-day lives and incomes are being upended by this completely unexpected turn in world health.
Second, on a more personal level, I wanted to keep you up to date with how this will affect any tours you may have booked with me during this state of emergency lock down. My tour policy follows that of the Guides Association of New York, and therefore my small group tours are still running. You can stay updated by following the Guide’s Twitter via the hyperlink above. I am so terribly sorry to anyone from overseas who will be unable to visit New York and go on their tour. If your travel plans have been disrupted, I will hold a credit on file for your booking. This can be converted into a gift card as well. I will also be offering travel insurance on future bookings so that people who worry about making plans right now can book confidently, knowing they can change those plans if need be. This travel insurance feature should be up and available in the next few days.
Again, my apologies to anyone whose travel plans have been altered, and I extend my best intentions and love to all those affected by this virus. Take care and stay safe.