The policy, implemented in light of a new covid-19 variant circulating in southern Africa, applies to travelers from eight countries. It does not apply to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. Other countries have also set restrictions for air travelers arriving from southern Africa.
Low pay is not the issue — the median rate for a Santa-for-hire is $30 an hour. There just aren’t enough Santas to meet the demand of this year’s back-to-normal holiday parties and festivals, performers say.
Even as President Biden took credit for the turnaround, industry groups and logistics specialists warned that a return to the smooth flow of goods that was typical before the pandemic remains a long way off.