Given the ongoing uncertainty around Covid-19 and how we should all react to it, you could be forgiven for being nervous about densely populated urban areas.
If you’ve been planning a trip to London, for example, then you might be tempted to cancel.
Naturally, at-risk demographics – those over seventy, or those with pre-existing health conditions – would be wise to be cautious. But what about everyone else?
Are the various attractions taking the problem seriously, and can we expect to be protected when visiting?
The short answer is yes, with a but. Here, the ‘but’ comes in the form of all the precautions you’ll need to take yourself.
According to the city’s tourist board, that means frequently and thoroughly washing your hands, wearing a facemask, and keeping a prudent distance from other people.
It’s worth bearing in mind that certain kinds of face-covering are actually more effective than others.
We should also consider the comfort-factor – if you’re going to be wearing a face-covering all day, it’s only sensible that you should make it a comfortable one.
How Have Attractions Adapted?
At every attraction in the city, measures have been put in place to minimise the danger of the virus spreading. These tend to be common across a range of attractions.
For example, London Zoo has put into place pre-booking, with windows spread throughout the day so that visitors are staggered, and thus less likely to form crowds.
The British Museum has implemented a one-way system, to prevent visitors from moving back-and-forth, and thereby creating congestion.
Visitors to the London Eye will find themselves sharing their bubble with fewer passengers, and they’ll also need to pre-book. Fortunately, it’s still possible to secure discount London Eye offers via online providers.
Other attractions have had to be more severe. The Warner Brothers Studio Tour has closed off certain enclosed spaces entirely: if you wanted to take a look around the inside of Privet Drive, or around a carriage on the Hogwarts Express, you might find yourself out of luck.
These measures go alongside the ones you’d expect, like mandatory facemasks and provided hand-sanitizer.
It’s unlikely that things will return to normal for a while, especially in light of the government’s latest kerbs on social gatherings of more than six people.
With that said, if you take the right precautions, and you visit the right places, it’s still possible to enjoy what London has to offer – and avoid the crowds in the process!