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I've had an email exchange with Luca at Agostini (again, reminding him not to sell all my stuff that I keep in back). They're still not sure when Italy will open; they will not be renting out any bikes this year. The best I know, all the guys in the shop have stayed well. I know there have been several folks on the wildgoose forum talking about flying to Mandello for the 100th anniversary, but I hope they're aware that northern Italy is not the same as they're seeing in their own local neighborhood.
It's hard to keep track of what's going on COVID-wise. One week the news says there's a new flare up of cases in Italy etc. and they've shut down again. Now the latest hot spot is India. I have no idea how all the small hotels, B&B's and restaurants in northern Italy can possibly survive a shutdown of this magnitude. Maybe their getting the same type of government assistance to weather through the shutdown like here? My grand plans to fly into Milan and tour the Dolomites last year went nowhere. This year's not looking much better.
If Guzzi was smart, they would...
I don't see the Covid-19 protocol opening up for Europe to tourists changing in time for the celebration. The EU response for vaccination rates per individual countries are lower than other Western countries. Going the other direction across the Pacific for the Summer Olympics. Japan is closed to tourists for the Games.Check with the individual country for travel if you come from the US.
Thanks for posting that Daniel. I didnít know. Oh well.If Guzzi was smart, they would turn their 100th Anniversary into a huge marketing event despite Covid. Do some kind of remote, internet party. Sell experience boxes for $100 apiece (cheaper than traveling to North Italy). Have fun polling questions. Connect Guzzi riders around the world. Do a virtual tour of the factory. Have a drawing for a free bike. So, I guess they arenít going to do that.
I have no idea how all the small hotels, B&B's and restaurants in northern Italy can possibly survive a shutdown of this magnitude. Maybe their getting the same type of government assistance to weather through the shutdown like here? My grand plans to fly into Milan and tour the Dolomites last year went nowhere. This year's not looking much better.
The NY Times article has several factual errors and misconceptions: two obvious ones are that (1) Croatia as well as Greece (which they do mention) is already open to US tourists and (2) the US Government does not plan to issue vaccination certificates that could be EU Government endorsed - the US Government has said clearly it will not do so. The article is highly speculative on several other levels and I personally wouldn't bet a penny on pre-planned international travel to Europe this year. US tourism into a single country (e.g. like Greece or Croatia) would be relatively easy once the country opens up, and might continue to expand as other countries like Italy individually, but intra-EU national border crossings are problematic now even for EU residents and are another thing entirely.
The article does not say that the U.S. will issue vaccination certificates.
I can picture the situation whereby you are dwelling on every news bit that gets broadcasted and constantly concerned at the prospect of being stuck on the wrong side of a border, while your visa and 90 day permit is tick...ticking...aw ay.
None of the above will actually be possible. No incoming US tourists are anticipated to have a "bona fide certificate issued by his or her own government"....
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