The Coronavirus Chronicle #33: TO TRAVEL OR NOT

Ida Sandberg lives in the Netherlands. Her job, which is offering roadside assistance to travelers in need, just got a lot tougher as some European countries plan to ease border restrictions next month without having figured out how best to do so. How is that affecting her own plans?


The first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is ending in Germany and elsewhere in Europe, where governments are trying to figure out how best to restart public life and work. So how are people managing this “new normal”?

Ida Sandberg lives in Leiden, Netherlands. Her company offers roadside assistance and help to travelers in need. With some European countries planning to ease border restrictions next month, the 51-year-old is finding her work tougher than usual, because little is known about the proposed changes. How is this lack of information affecting her life? Find out below.

“I think on one hand I feel everyone is very aware of it … (and) at the same time because they’re easing up on the lockdown, people are becoming more careless,” says Sandberg.

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