In March, Michael Afram’s transportation company had its best sales month since California closed down last year due to the pandemic. As the state loosened some of its coronavirus restrictions and vaccinations rates increased, Karmel Shuttle Service has started to recover.

“But to give you an idea of where we stand, the revenue we booked for the entire month of March 2021 equates to one day of March 2020 prior to shutdown,” Afram said. “So I guess you can consider us one-thirtieth of where we need to get back to.”

Before the pandemic, Afram’s business averaged 450 to 500 rides a day in the area between Los Angeles and San Diego. A hefty percentage of its destinations were DisneylandUniversal Studios and SeaWorld San Diego.


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