Thank you for your patience and support during the pandemic - it certainly has been a difficult roller-coaster of a year for us all. We were able to run just a couple of trips last fall, and are thankfully seeing the light at the end of the covid-19 tunnel with the roll-out of the vaccine.
Many of you have been asking how we are doing. We are all doing well -
Liz and her family moved in early March to her circa 1852 dream farm in East Falmouth, and has been busy painting, renovating and settling in ever since. Their barn had too many empty stalls, so they have also welcomed two ADORABLE alpacas to their family of chickens, ducks and rabbits. Her website has some great pictures of all of her animals. the alpacas, and her farm - and a cute video of the alpaca enjoying the paddock (next to her post on building a bunny barn) www.thecapecoop.com.
Cara has also been spending time painting and remodeling her home, enjoying some down time, and has been visiting Liz (her mom) and helping her settle into the farm, as well.
I have been busy in the office - re-scheduling trips and planning 2021 trips. I've enjoyed exploring Cape Cod on many walks, as well - to the Knob, the Shining Sea Bikeway, and along the canal.
We've all found ways to enjoy ourselves during this year in limbo, but we are all very much looking forward to getting back to work, traveling, and returning to some sense of normalcy as soon as possible.
We have decided to postpone our trips through March and start up again in April, hoping that by that time most everyone 65+ should have received both covid-19 shots. We are looking forward to traveling again without the fear of getting covid-19! While we will still need to wear masks and socially distance for awhile, traveling will be a much less stressful experience after we receive the vaccinations.
Until then, stay safe & healthy! I can't wait to get on the road again!
These are the latest updates due to covid-19. If you are signed up for any of these trips, you will receive a letter informing you of the date change and your reservation will be moved to the new date for the trip. I am still in the process of sending out all of these letters, but I wanted to get the updates online asap. If you can't make the new date, please call me and I will cancel your reservation.
Providence Performing Arts Center has told us that the Broadway National Tours have all been cancelled through June. They will return to their tours in the fall and run through the middle of 2022.
King Tut - The group sales department told me that they will be opening the exhibit as soon as possible, however they need to wait until they are given the OK to re-open the space, and as soon as that happens they will contact us and give us a new date for our reservation. As soon as we get their confirmation, we will send out a letter to everyone that is signed up on the trip with the new dates. We will offer two dates for the exhibit. Letters will be sent out to anyone that is signed up for King Tut to let them know that the show is postponed.
We are finalizing our Spring & Summer brochure and will have the new trips online and in the mailboxes by the end of February
In this challenging time for all of us, please know that our top concern is protecting the health & wellbeing of our travelers. Cape Cod has a strong community and at times of crisis we all pull together and will make it through. Please take care of one another and keep yourselves safe.
I would like to share with you the procedures that we are putting in place following the Governor's guidelines to ensure safe travel:
Until further notice, when you arrive at the bus, you will need to be wearing a mask if you can not keep six feet between you and other passengers, and if you arrive without a mask, a disposable mask will be given to you.
I have purchased no-contact thermometers, and your temperature will be taken before you enter the motorcoach. If you have a temperature, you will not be allowed to travel. During this time, we will offer a refund for the portion of the trip that you are unable to take to anyone that arrives at the motorcoach and is not allowed to travel because they have a fever.
Your tour director will give you a pocket-size spray bottle of hand sanitizer to use on the tour and keep afterwards.
While in phase three, we will limit the passenger numbers to 27 passengers per bus and practice social distancing with our seating plan as much as possible. Each person will have two seats and sit across the aisle from the person they are traveling with.
When entering and exiting the motorcoach, we will allow extra time so that there can be a 6-foot distance between everyone as we exit the coach
Bloom Bus has updated their safety and cleaning protocols in order to provide you and their employees with the best travel experience, as follows:
Sanitized with electrostatic fogger after each use
Cleaned thoroughly at the garage after each use and touch points cleaned and sanitized daily
by the drivers on overnight trips
Sanitized with EPA approved disinfectants
Equipped with upgraded higher-rated air filtration/HVAC system
Air on the coach is Recirculated and filtered introducing a complete fresh air exchange every 10 minutes
For the Safety of Customers & Drivers:
Drivers & passengers are required to wear facial coverings
A protective barrier has been placed behind driver's cockpit
Hand Sanitizer is available at front & rear of the coach
Drivers will practice social distance and will not shake hands with customers
Customers are asked to practice social distancing when possible
Drivers will use disposable gloves when handling luggage
Bloom adheres to industry best practices & CDC guidelines and has provided training to their employees to do the same