Just finished a RS tour. Blatant ignoring of the KN95, KF94 or N95 mask requirements, lots of surgical masks, some cloth masks. Surgical masks reused (stains prominent) frequently used as neck covers. Tour members (TM) had to wear the mask on the bus, be reminded to put them on. Many frequently did not wear masks on public transportation (Metro), in crowded public places where people were stacked wall to wall. When the coughing and nose running started, claimed it was allergies. No social distancing practiced, no hand washing after nose blowing, etc.
In my opinion, tests should be required as soon as the coughing starts. If it's negative, fine, no harm, no foul. If it's positive, then the risk to others is minimized. The tour guide was aware of coughing but was not able to discern where/who it was from until a complaint was made by another TM - four days into the coughing. This TM exhibited no insight into their behaviors of exposing others - frequently would come and stand next to others while touching them to make a comment. TM and TM's spouse sat next to us, outside at a restaurant - about 2 feet apart on day 2 - after we were seated and we were unable to move. The TM was attempting to suppress the coughing but unable to do so by day 2. On the 4th day, the TM stated that he/she would test AFTER spending ALL day on the long bus ride and exposing ALL of us - for the 4th day. Of course the TM tested positive and was ejected (next to the last day of the tour). BUT THERE IS NO AUTHORITY OR REQUIREMENT THAT THE TOUR MEMBER FOLLOW THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE TOUR COUNTRY! The TM traveled the next day and checked into the tour hotel just after we finished checking in, hung out in the lobby mask-less, then went out sight seeing as if nothing changed. Our tour country requires 5 days quarantine after a positive test, no travel, no visits to pharmacy, restaurants, etc. It is my understanding that this TM took the flight home day 3 after testing positive, along with the spouse - not clear if the spouse also ended up testing positive.
The last night of the tour - group tour dinner - several TMs did not attend because they were not feeling well. Learned the next morning that one TM tested positive who frequently ate with COVID TM. The 2nd COVID TM's spouse was very upset and in the breakfast room, without a mask, confused and nervous about what to do. We attempted to provide information, suggested they contact hotel reception, who would contact pharmacy and coordinate meals, etc. Also learned that they had travel insurance so suggested they contact the insurance company who could assist them in making alternate travel arrangements for the flight home. TM spouse has co-morbidity factors, and we provided the spouse with a mask and advised spouse not to be without a mask in same room as COVID spouse. Saw TM spouse later in the day and TM spouse was happy because TM COVID spouse felt better in the afternoon, got dressed, and they went about town spreading their COVID around. Were planning to get on the plane the following morning. We expressed that they were not following the requirements of our host country, were glad COVID TM was feeling better, but that it was irresponsible, make that, beyond irresponsible, that they felt they could just board the plane the next day and potentially infect others who were relying on them to be personally responsible and follow the requirements of the host country. They got on the plane the next day. TM spouse tested positive upon arrival in the USA (surprise).
I wanted to believe that RS TM's were a different breed, that they would exercise personal responsibility and follow the rules and protect others, but I was wrong. This is extremely disappointing and disturbing. Just assume that anyone who coughs has COVID-19, socially distance from them, wear your mask. I don't know how many others on our tour tested positive after, but we followed those guidelines and are fine.