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    TravelMole have this report today, which may not be great reading for Florida tourism.

    Florida tourism fears as Biden mulls domestic travel ban

    The Biden administration is weighing up domestic travel restrictions, with Florida possibly singled out for an interstate travel ban.

    Officials are trying to stamp out the spread of new more contagious variants which now make up about 15% of all new cases.

    The UK variant, known as B.1.1.7, is especially rampant in the Sunshine State.

    More than one third of all US cases of the variant are in Florida.

    That makes Florida most likely to have travel curbs imposed.

    "There are active conversations about what could help mitigate spread here, but we have to follow the data and what's going to work. We did this with South Africa, we did this with Brazil, because we got clear guidance," a White House official said.

    "We're having conversations about anything that would help mitigate spread. No decisions have been made, but we certainly are having conversations across government."

    The possible alternative to an outright travel ban across state lines is a pre-flight testing program for all domestic flights.

    This has understandably attracted strong opposition from airlines and tourism trade groups.

    "We have concerns around the idea of a domestic testing requirement, because not only would it require a 42% increase in the testing capacity nationwide, but it's really not scalable, feasible or effective," said Tori Emerson Barnes, EVP of Public Affairs at the U.S. Travel Association.

    Talk of a travel ban for Florida has unsurprisingly been met with strong opposition within travel and tourism as well as republican state lawmakers.
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    Well, there's a glowing endorsement of the state government and its mad as a box of frogs governor. Maybe they'll actually do something to control the virus now, but I doubt it somehow.
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    I think the chances of UK travel to he US this year is minimal
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    I don't know how this could be enforced practicably. Florida has too many routes in and out, into Alabama and Georgia, for this ever to be policed firmly enough. Hopefully it might make our dimwit governor think about introducing stricter state-wide measures, though. Just saying "everything is open" isn't much of a policy from one of the worst-affected states in the country.

    On the plus side, the US is currently vaccinating around 1.6 million people per day, with just over 10% of the population now having received at least 1 dose. Florida's virus numbers are also coming down (at last). Having reached almost 20,000 new cases/day in January, it is down to a daily average of 7,225. That's still WAY too high for anyone to be comfortable, but the downward trend is encouraging.

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    The article I read was only talking about a ban on commercial flying into Florida, I think they realised there is no way of stopping the rest of the travel.
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    Considering DeSantis tried to ban New Yorkers from flying down when that city was at the height of the virus last year, he can't complain if the reverse was to happen, but it's all about politics these days, and he will kick up a major fuss, and take it to court, if he thinks it might happen. As of today, there is absolutely no sign the govt is seriously thinking about it. It's just too late for anything like that.

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