Flight Blog

 

 

The economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic have been widespread and dramatic. As previous economic shocks have taught us, small businesses will generally experience the most severe impacts. As businesses begin to reopen and people go back to work, supporting local businesses is crucial to ensure our city comes out strong after the crisis has passed. We’ve compiled several suggestions on how you can help our community and our local economy recover and stay strong as we navigate a new way of life due to the pandemic.

 

 

Retail

Instead of ordering from national online retailers like Amazon and Walmart, consider ordering non-perishable goods like books and games from small businesses offering curbside pickup or local delivery. These options will become more numerous as quarantine is lifted around Greene county. While it may not be as convenient to patronize a brick-and-mortar store due to continued restrictions, it will be much more beneficial to the local economy, and the personalized service you will receive should make up for any inconvenience. 

 

Restaurants

Family-owned restaurants feed Springfield families every day. Many local restaurants have shown up in a big way for the community, often even providing free meals for those out-of-work due to the pandemic. Some restaurants in our area even offered hard-to-find essentials like yeast, flour, and hand sanitizer with takeout orders for a period of time. To keep our local restaurants running, Springfield residents can order more takeout, buy and use gift cards as dining rooms begin to reopen, and support temporarily unemployed servers and bartenders by tipping online, via personal direct accounts or services like serviceindustry.tips while enjoying their meals and drinks at home.

 

Personal Services

If you enjoyed a personal service like a small gym or fitness class membership and had to suspend it during the quarantine, consider renewing your membership once it’s financially feasible. If you have a regular barber or beautician, look into purchasing gift certificates online for future use, to ensure that the people you trust with your appearance can pay the rent on their chair or building while their ability to provide their services is restricted. Once your stylist is available for appointments, be sure to follow all safety guidelines to keep the risk to yourself and your service provider as low as possible.

 

Arts and Entertainment

The arts are a massive part of Springfield’s culture, one that has experienced major setbacks and losses due to the virus. To keep our local arts scene healthy, consider donating to your favorite playhouse or theater, attending Springfield Regional Art Council’s Virtual Artsfest, or simply purchasing a commission from a local artist. While packed houses and lively festivals are not likely to take place again for a while, our artists and performers still need support to keep creating work that lifts our collective spirit.

 

As businesses begin to reopen, individuals will need to use their best judgement to decide what level of contact they are comfortable having with businesses and individuals providing services while the virus is still a concern. If you feel safe and comfortable doing so, we hope that you will support local businesses and the economic health of your friends and neighbors by shopping local. When it’s safe again and you’re ready to travel outside of Springfield and support other small economies again, your Springfield-Branson National Airport will be here, ready to serve as your connection to the world.

 

 


 

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Travelling during an pandemic is inadvisable, and we appreciate everyone doing their part to maintain social distancing and follow stay-at-home orders.

But if staying home all the time has you daydreaming of a time when you can travel again, we’ve got some advice for taking advantage of low airfare and great deals for future travel. While situations may change between now and the holidays or travel season 2021, those willing to book future travel today may experience lesser risk and higher rewards!

Planning a trip now is a cost-effective choice. Airlines are currently offering some of the cheapest airfare in nearly 20 years. While most airlines aren’t currently advertising their sales, a ticket to your dream destination is likely less than half the usual cost.

However, you’ll likely be better off booking directly through airlines than through third-party sites. Most airlines have instituted new “peace of mind” change and cancel waiver programs to give travelers flexibility in altering their plans, but some of these offers may not be backed up by third party sites.

Many airlines have also extended expiration dates on credits from the standard 12 month “use by date” to 24 months from the date of issuance. There’s much less pressure to use it or lose it, so you can plan your next trip at your leisure, and if you still feel uncomfortable traveling come autumn and winter this year, you’ll be able to cancel tickets and have more than a year left to apply credits to future travel.

If you’re still wary of committing to anything too far in advance, there’s an option for you, too. Many airline-affiliated credit cards are offering welcome bonuses and additional miles; for example, cardholders can spend $3,000 on a card within three months and earn up to 60,000 miles. Since the IRS filing deadline for taxes has been pushed out til June, you may even be able to make progress toward your miles by paying your taxes with a credit card. That way, you can have miles on hand when you are ready to book a flight!

Whether you’re looking forward to a time when you can visit family again or take a trip to your dream destination, booking flights now is a great option to consider. Once squarantines are lifted, whenever you’re ready to take the leap and travel again, we will be here, ready to serve as your connection to the world.
 


 

Springfield residents are proud to say our town has a vibrant local arts scene, as well as a prestigious museum filled with art exhibits originating from all over the world. While under quarantine, though, a lack of access to this inspiring work can feel like a blow to our collective well-being. Luckily, there’s no shortage of access to virtual works of art all around the world. We’ve rounded up a few links below for when you’re looking to get a little inspiration from all over.

 

 

The famous Louvre Museum is offering virtual tours of multiple exhibitions and galleries. Explore the Petite Galerie’s exhibition "The Advent of the Artist" to view works by Eugène Delacroix, Rembrandt and Tintoretto, or virtually walk through the remains of the Louvre’s moat. 

Literature lovers with an eye for art may be interested to learn more about the literary preferences of van Gogh in “Which books did Vincent van Gogh Read?” The Google Arts & Culture presentation walks viewers through the famous paintings inspired by van Gogh’s favorite novels, his sense of humor, and his morals.

If architecture and astrology interest you, visit Google Arts and Culture’s Incredible India section, and navigate to the Jantar Mantar Observatory showcase, Dehli’s outdoor astronomical observatory.

Those with an interest in how fashion plays a part in culture and art should check out “Maracatu and the Alagoas Warrior: Afro-Brazilian Festivities”, hosted by the Afro Brasil Museum. Visit the museum’s Google Arts and Culture page for a wide selection of work celebrating the art, heritage, and accomplishments of Africans and Afro-Brazilians.  

For more modern art from the other side of the globe, virtually visit the National Gallery of Victoria and take a 3D tour of their “Japanese Modernism” Exhibit, featuring major works by young female, large-scale paintings by young Japanese artists, color prints, fashion, glassware, street posters, magazines and graphic design.

For many more of the world’s historic arts and culture pieces you may find interesting, take a look at the London-based Museum of the World. Their interactive timeline of the museum’s collection, organized into categories like “Living and Dying,” “Power and Identity,” and “Religion and Belief,” features pieces from all across the world, dating all the way back to 2,000,000 BC.

Looking for some guidance with your own artistic endeavors? Be sure to follow the Springfield Regional Arts Council on Facebook for guided portraiture, painting, dream journaling sessions, and more. And of course, follow Springfield-Branson National Airport on Facebook to stay informed about your options when it’s safe to travel again, and let us serve as your connection to the world.