The states have different approaches to reopening and closing. States like Colorado and Alabama have introduced mask mandates because Nevada and Michigan are among those that have closed bars to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
These five charts illustrate trends in key industries that help track progress in reopening in the United States.
The data from Apple's navigation tool Maps show a rebound for walking and driving directions after a slump in the past week. Compared to last week, both walking and driving increased and almost brought them back to the summer high of late June. Requests for both are still above pre-pandemic levels, as was the case with most pandemics. The direction of transit remained almost unchanged as in previous weeks and was below the level before the pandemic. However, this week saw a slight increase over the previous week.
As with directional requests, the new daily numbers for the restaurant booking app OpenTable show a slight recovery compared to the decline of the past week. However, data over the past few weeks shows a much less consistent pattern compared to the steady increase in bookings in May and early June, indicating that the industry has disrupted reopening and closing. This week's numbers show a slight improvement over last week, but are still less than 60% fewer bookings than last year.
The US hotel booking data of the global hotel research company STR has continued the trend observed in the past few weeks and has shown no significant changes since the end of June. The utilization remains at approx. 45% of the capacity. The US occupancy rate was 73.8% in July 2019. The average daily rate for a hotel room has dropped by almost 27%, according to STR, compared to 20% last week. Norfolk / Virginia Beach, Virginia, remained a top travel market and was still the only major travel market to achieve over 60% occupancy. Boston for another week and Detroit were both among the lowest occupancy levels, both reporting occupancy levels below 30%.
According to the Transportation Security Administration, the number of passengers traveling through airport security checks is still below 70% of the previous year, despite an increase in recent weeks. The number of people traveling through security checkpoints reached a pandemic high in early July, but the peak has decreased. This week brought new reports from people who did not follow mask mandates for airline companies as airlines tried to keep security and financial health at the forefront of their response to the pandemic.
The seasonally adjusted purchasing index fell 6% from the previous week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. Despite the deviations in the course of the pandemic, which may be linked to the economic uncertainty caused by the virus, purchase requests are still 15% higher than before the pandemic. Mortgage applications also rose 5.1% from a week ago.