Revisit economic bubbles and vaccine passports

Emmanuel Joseph

With vaccinations going on full swing, the time is right to re-explore travel and economic activities between vaccinated parties as the move will help hotels and tourist-related businesses salvage their losses and remain buoyant for a few more months as things get better. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, June 23, 2021.

A YEAR on, we are still following similar standard operating procedures (SOP) that don’t make much sense – such as basing opening of businesses by industry instead of risk factor or number of clusters. An example of this would be factories allowed to remain open while car mechanics aren’t allowed to. 

One keeps staff along a production line in an air-conditioned enclosed area for twelve-hour shifts, the other is far less congested for far shorter periods in an open-air area. The rule keeping food outlets from allowing table service is understandable, but perhaps less so, the prohibition against hairstyling. 

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