Students retain vacation plans despite quarantine
Archie Barton | Staff Writer
With self-isolation becoming the norm, it can be difficult to escape the increasing boredom of quarantine. However, some Mason students decided to continue with their vacation plans despite the dangers of the coronavirus.
Seniors Colby Kramer and Alyssa Horvath, who traveled to Florida during their spring break, enjoyed quarantine six feet from the other beach vacationers.
Horvath and her family, who did not have to change their plans, said that quarantine and staying away from others did not impact her vacation.
“Thankfully we could go to Captiva,” Horvath said. “It wasn’t a huge impact on our vacation since we are just a relax-on-the-beach-all-day type of family.”
Kramer’s family faced more severe alterations to his vacation and was forced to cancel a portion of his trip due to the pandemic. Taking protective measures to reduce the chance of contamination, Kramer said that although he was unable to go where he had planned, prevention of contamination took priority.
“We were originally planning to go to Siesta Key after staying in Longboat for a couple of days but we canceled that portion of our trip to stay safe,” Kramer said. “We decided to stay in Longboat because the CDC advised quarantine and it is a much less populated beach than Siesta Key.”
Staying at a private beach, Kramer said that there are fewer restrictions in Florida than what has been put in place here in Mason. With closures of restaurants and social distancing mandates, Kramer has still been able to enjoy the freedom of venturing out of his condo.
“I eat every meal in my condo, but I can still go to the beach as long as I don’t go within 6 ft of another group and we are with less than 10 people,” Kramer said.
Horvath shared a similar approach to her interaction with others, maintaining her social distancing by getting takeout food from restaurants, even if it was not the same as sitting in.
“You don’t really get the full experience without actually eating in the restaurant,” Horvath said. “We chose to get takeout, or eat in our golf cart which was probably the biggest change.”
The decision to travel in the face of quarantine came easily for both Kramer and Horvath, both thinking that if they were going to be quarantined and forced to stay home, they would enjoy their vacation as best they could. Horvath said that although it might not feel like a normal vacation, it would allow them to get away and enjoy things that they wouldn’t be able to at home.
“It would get us away from everything for a bit,” Horvath said. “We figured that even if going on vacation wouldn’t be the same, it would still be better than staying in Mason with all the craziness.”
The end of spring break brings the return of education and those students who decided to go on vacation. Kramer said he is ready to return to Mason and continue his self-isolation as normal but Horvath said she knows it will be different when she comes home.
“In Florida, I’m actually able to enjoy a beach and see people all together.” Horvath said. “When I come home I probably won’t get to see my friends because of DeWine’s stay at home order.”
Photo contributed by Alyssa Horvath.