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    The restrictions in Europe due to the covid-19 pandemic remain for the moment due to the rebound in infections in some countries, however the possibility of a vaccination passport could be the first step towards the return to mobility without endangering the sacrifices of the last year. AUSTRIA The announced lifting of restrictions for Easter in Austria is in doubt given the notable increase in new infections with coronavirus. The Austrian Ministry of Health was yesterday “alarmed” by the rise in new infections, which has occurred gradually since the country opened certain sectors a month ago, such as schools and services such as hairdressers or massage therapists. Of course, gastronomy, cultural events, amateur sports and hotels have been closed since last November. In this context, the reliefs announced for the gastronomy sector, foreseen as of Holy Week throughout the country, are once again in...
    NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Country music festival CMA Fest in Nashville, Tennessee, will be canceled for a second year in a row because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Country Music Association announced on Tuesday the decision to cancel the June event, which is one of the oldest country music festivals after starting in 1972 as Fan Fair. It was also canceled last year. “While we are optimistic with the pace at which COVID-19 vaccines are becoming more widely available, we still face several challenges that prevent us from bringing our many artists, crew members and fans together safely for the full CMA Fest experience we know everyone has come to expect,” CMA CEO Sarah Trahern said in a statement. Trahern explained that the festival takes place at several Nashville venues and couldn't be rescheduled for later in the year. Venues would also have capacity restrictions that would limit attendance. Further,...
    These frozen bodies increase their temperature due to their trajectory and leave an extensive trail on their way. The space telescope Hubble, of the POT has an unstoppable march towards retirement. However, while playing his last games, he continues to contribute to astronomy. The most recent, detailed by the space agency, is the capture of an unusual celestial body that travels through space. The capture in images you took Hubble it is of a spatial component identified as Centaurs. They are described by the NASA portal as young and rebellious objects. They travel between the orbits of the giant planets and sometimes, due to their proximity to Jupiter, they reach a certain closeness to the Sun. The nature of Centaurs is icy. But, thanks to their journey and the path they travel, they raise their temperature. Therefore, they register a dynamic activity similar to that of comets. « They have...
    Amadeus, a world leader in the airline reservation market, has lost 505 million euros in 2020 due to the impact of the pandemic on its activity. In 2019, the company presented an annual profit of 1,113 million euros. The group revenue plummeted 61% last year, up to 2,174 million euros, while its EBITDA operating profit plunged 89.8%, up to 227.8 million euros. The Air bookings through travel agencies fell by 81.5%, up to 107.6 million; and boarded passengers fell 65%, to 690 million. In addition, the available cash flow was negative at 541.9 million, compared to the positive flow of 1,030 million registered in 2019. For its part, the net financial debt it rose to 3,073 million from 2,758 million. “We remain optimistic about the future of travel and we are confident that when restrictions are lifted, travel will resume and the industry will prosper again“, said its CEO,...
    MADRID, Feb 24 (.) – Spanish airport operator Aena said on Wednesday that it posted losses in 2020 after air traffic around the world plummeted due to travel restrictions imposed to curb the COVID-19 pandemic. Aena recorded a net loss of 127 million euros (154.34 million dollars) in 2020, compared to a net profit of 1,442 million euros a year earlier, as passenger traffic plummeted around 70%, said the company on Thursday. Total revenue fell by around 50% to 2,243 million euros, the company said. “In the short term there are no signs of recovery in traffic due to the new wave of infections that is spreading in Europe and the different restrictive measures applied by different European countries in response to it. In the current circumstances it is not possible anticipate when the recovery will begin, “the company said in a statement. The company has been forced to keep...
    Iran’s alpine ski team will not have their coach Samira zargari at Cortina d’Ampezzo World Cup. The reason is that her husband has forbidden her to travel to Italy. According to the press of his country, the four skiers of the Iranian team are already in the transalpine country, but not their coach, who was replaced by Marjan Kalhor. Not the newspaper Shargh nor the news agency Isna have provided more information on this or clarified the reasons for the ban, but the country’s law says that a woman cannot obtain a passport or travel outside its borders without her husband’s permission. This type of situation is not new, since in 2015 the footballer Niloufar Ardalan stayed home instead of traveling to Malaysia Asian Games due to the ban on her husband, the journalist Mehdi Tutunchi, who alleged that the international competition coincided with her son’s first day of school....
    MORE than two million holidaymakers are out of pocket over flights they could not take. They were unable to fly due to Covid rules but flights were not cancelled. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates... 1Holidaymakers have been left out of pocket over flights they could not takeCredit: Getty Images - Getty As a result they were not entitled to a refund. A survey by watchdog Which? estimates that in the past year 2.3million people lost out. Of those who told Which? they did not get their money back, 49 per cent claimed they could not travel because of national or regional lockdown restrictions instructing them to stay at home. Ryanair told Which? that passengers who book non-refundable flights are not entitled to refunds if they choose not to travel on flights which have operated. Most read in News TravelGRID BLOCKEDWhy you MUST stay...
    An ethics complaint against Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, who flew to Texas over the Thanksgiving holiday even after telling his constituents to limit travel, was dismissed by the state's Board of Ethics on Wednesday.  Board Chairman Joseph Michaels acknowledged that Hancock’s actions angered city residents, who viewed it as hypocritical, but said they did not violate the city's code of ethics, The Denver Post reported. TED CRUZ FLEW TO CANCUN WITH FAMILY AMID TEXAS POWER CRISIS "This board certainly does not condone that travel," he said.  A representative of the board told Fox News that they receive numerous complaints about elected officials to scrutinize their behavior but "unless an actionable section of the code is implicated, the board, as a body, cannot act or really render an opinion (or statement) with respect to that conduct."  Hancock flew to Texas over the holiday, rented a car and drove to Mississippi to be with his family while sharing messages on social...
    BEACHGOERS who see "square waves" while on holiday should get out of the water immediately. Also known as cross seas, they may look pretty but are actually extremely dangerous - and have even caused shipwrecks. 3Square waves are considered too dangerous to swim inCredit: Michel Grifon / Wikimedia Commons Square waves can be found out in the open ocean as well as near the coast, and are formed by waves moving in opposite directions. This happens when two separate weather systems collide. The waves then create a chequerboard affect on the sea, with a grid system of squares on the surface. They look gentle from above, but are actually similar to rip tides, which are extremely hard to escape from. 3The waves are also called cross sea, and is when two wave directions meet 3Tourists flock to the French island to see the strange sight Anyone caught in the water...
    A NUMBER of British tourists have been left stranded in Dubai following the new hotel quarantine rules. The new restrictions, introduced on Monday, require all arrivals from high risk countries to pay £1,750 for a mandatory, 10-day quarantine at a government-mandated hotel. 3As many as 60 Brits have been stranded in Dubai after their flight to the UK was cancelledCredit: Reuters The UAE, which includes Dubai, is one of the 33 countries included on the government's "red list". However, tourists have been left stuck in the city after their flight was cancelled, before being kicked off their replacement flight. According to the Independent, the Emirates flight was due to depart on February 14 - the day before the new rules - and fly via Frankfurt. However, this was cancelled after a five-hour delay due to "technical problems" and a replacement flight for 2pm was then planned, although this would mean...
    IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Big 12 Conference on Monday altered three games on its schedule this week because of extreme winter weather in the southern Great Plains region that created travel issues, including one game that had already reset. The league said TCU’s game at No. 15 Texas Tech would not be played Tuesday night. That came less than 24 hours after the dates had already been switched and the home sites flip-flopped for the scheduled back-to-back games between the Horned Frogs and Red Raiders. No. 12 Texas will now play at No. 9 Oklahoma on Wednesday night after that game was pushed back from its scheduled Tuesday slot. The league also postponed the Longhorns’ game at Iowa State that was scheduled Thursday night. Texas Tech was scheduled to play Monday night at TCU, which was to be the makeup of a Jan. 20 game postponed because...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas Area Rapid Transit has announced it will suspend all rail operations for the next few days due to the major winter weather in the area. According to DART, the rail operations will be halted from 9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17. RELATED: North Texas Residents Asked To Avoid Travel Due To Hazardous Conditions, Hundreds Of Flights Canceled Along with its winter weather plans, DART said it will also be operating its bus routes on Saturday schedules. RELATED: Texans Urged To Conserve Power Sunday Through Tuesday Due To Record-Breaking Demand There will be no Dallas Streetcar in operation, but a shuttle bus will be running to and from EBJ Union Station and the Bishop Arts District with all stops, according to DART. An additional 14 shuttle bus routes will be in effect and those routes can be found under Operating Scenario 2...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Roads covered in snow and ice have been seen throughout North Texas Sunday as a winter storm makes its way through the area. Due to the hazardous conditions, authorities are urging residents to avoid travel. But if driving cannot be avoided, residents are asked to travel safely and with extra time. RELATED: Texans Urged To Conserve Power Sunday Through Tuesday Due To Record-Breaking Demand “If you must go out, allow yourself extra travel time. Be careful, stay alert, and stay safe,” Dallas police said on Twitter. “Remember folks, this is just round 1. The forecast calls for heavy snow later today. If you don’t absolutely have to be out on the roads today, we strongly encourage you to stay off them,” Arlington police said. These pictures from Denton County tell the story of our roadways. @TxDOT crews are removing accumulation as quickly and safely as possible, but...
    School Closures/Delays (CBSDFW.COM) – It was very nice to have some sun Saturday as it helped clear away the morning icing. We might even slip above freezing briefly for the first time since Tuesday night. RELATED: Gov. Abbott: Power Demand Could Potentially Exceed Supply As Texas Braces For Major Winter Event Enjoy it as we have a major winter event starting to unfold Sunday night. We are expecting light freezing rain/sleet to accumulate on the roadways (bridges/overpasses first). The later you go into the night the worse it gets. By Sunday morning, travel will be very hazardous. By later in the morning, the sleet/freezing rain will become snow. For the rest of the day, it’ll be light snow. By 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, the snow will become heavy. This snow will quickly accumulate on the roadways, and we are only expecting a high in the...
    Top elected officials in Florida are slamming President Joe Biden's administration, following reports that the White House is considering imposing domestic travel restrictions on the state, which has the most reported case of the 'UK variant' coronavirus. 'Any attempt to restrict or lock down Florida by the federal government would be an attack on our state done purely for political purposes,' said Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a Republican, at a press conference on Thursday. 'I think it's an absurd report that they would be doing that, I think it would be unconstitutional, it would be unwise and it would be unjust,' he said.   Asked about the possible domestic travel ban, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said only: 'No decisions have been made around additional public health measures that would change domestic travel.' 'Any attempt to restrict or lock down Florida by the federal government would be an attack on our state done...
    The Biden administration is looking into imposing domestic travel restrictions as a way of curbing the spread of coronavirus mutations. McClatchy newspapers Washington, D.C., bureau reported that outbreaks of the new variants have sparked a review of potential restrictions in the U.S. No particular state is being targeted by the administration, but officials are reviewing how to prevent the spread of variants that appear to be surging in various states, including California and Florida, McClatchy reported. The variants include one identified in the United Kingdom as highly contagious, along with others from South Africa and Brazil. Scientists are concerned the variants could evade existing vaccines, McClatchy said. "There are active conversations about what could help mitigate spread here, but we have to follow the data and whats going to work," a White House official said. "We did this with South Africa, we did this with Brazil, because we got clear guidance."...
    President Joe Biden’s administration is considering imposing national travel restrictions, including in Florida, fearful that coronavirus mutations threaten to reverse the progress made against the pandemic. Miamimundo / ENH Outbreaks of new variants, such as the highly contagious and so-called British strain, as well as others in South Africa and Brazil that are worrying scientists, against which vaccines on the market may not be as effective, have prompted a review of possible travel restrictions within the United States, a federal official said. The British variant, officially named B.1.1.7, has recently exploded in Florida, where more than a third of all cases have been identified in the United States. The White House and interagency talks on potential travel restrictions are not specific to Florida, but generally address how best to mitigate the spread of variants that appear to be emerging in a select number of states, including California. “There are active...
    President Biden was widely panned by conservatives in response to news that his administration is weighing possible domestic travel restrictions on Florida in fear of the coronavirus. “This is nothing short of political payback and tyranny towards a state with exceptional leadership and a common-sense, scientific approach to COVID-19,” Republican Rep. Andy Biggs tweeted Wednesday in response to news the Biden administration is considering restricting travel from Florida to stop the spread of new coronavirus mutations. “The Biden administration must stop these considerations,” Biggs added. This is nothing short of political payback and tyranny towards a state with exceptional leadership and a common-sense, scientific approach to COVID-19.The Biden administration must stop these considerations. https://t.co/GKrXs0vlX2— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) February 10, 2021 “Trump got massive blowback for having travel restrictions against countries the Obama Administration considered a terrorist threat,” political commentator Ryan Girdusky tweeted. “Biden wants to open our borders...
    BRITS are eagerly awaiting the day they can go on a holiday abroad again after months of travel bans and restrictions. Here is everything we know so far about holidays starting again. 4Here is everything you need to know about a holiday this yearCredit: Alamy Live News Can I currently go on holiday? No, holidays are banned due to the UK lockdown which prevents any non-essential travel, both domestically and internationally. The lockdown has been in place since January, due to the current coronavirus situation. The only reasons for travel to be allowed are essential reasons such as for work or education reasons, or extenuating circumstances. What are the current travel restrictions? For people who are still travelling for essential reasons, such as work or education, there are new travel restrictions in place. All arrivals must have three negative coronavirus tests - taken before departure, and on day 2...
    CHELSEA’S Champions League away tie with Atletico Madrid will be played in Romania. Uefa have confirmed the match on February 17 will now be held at Bucharest’s Arena Nationala. 2Chelsea will travel to Romania for their first leg against Atletico MadridCredit: Getty Images - Getty Spanish government Covid restrictions on travel from the UK meant that Thomas Tuchel’s squad were unable to fly to Madrid to play the La Liga leaders in the Wanda Metropolitano. Atletico told Uefa that Bucharest was their preferred choice if a switch was necessary. Diego Simeone’s side beat fellow Spaniards Athletic Bilbao there to win the 2012 Europa League. The decision means that all of the three English clubs in the Champions League last 16 will play their “away” legs on neutral territory. Both Liverpool and Manchester City will travel to Budapest’s Puskas Arena for their games against Leipzig and Borussia Monchengladbach respectively Manchester United’s...
    MANCHESTER United’s Europa League tie with Real Sociedad next week will be played in Turin, Uefa have confirmed. Spanish government restriction on travel from the UK mean the Basque side cannot host the last-32 first-leg tie. It will instead be played at the Juventus Stadium on Thursday February 18, kicking off at 5.55pm. United will still be able to play the second leg at Old Trafford a week later, with kick-off set for 8pm. The game will be the club's THIRD Europa League clash in a row to be played on neutral soil. Last season, their one-legged quarter-final win over Copenhagen and semi-final defeat at the hands of eventual champions Sevilla were both hosted by Cologne due to Covid. ⚽ Read our Man United live blog for the latest news from Old Trafford Euro chiefs are also expected to confirm both legs of Arsenal’s Europa League tie with Portuguese giants...
    Mexico City (Azucena Vásquez) – Last year, in the midst of the air crisis, the number of air travelers who used the budget airlines increase. 51.5 percent of passengers who traveled by plane on domestic flights in 2019 did so by Volaris or VivaAerobus, but last year this participation increased to 62.8 percent, according to data from the Federal Civil Aviation Agency (AFAC). Volaris Y VivaAerobus They are the two low cost airlines in Mexico, a business model that offers cheaper rates in exchange for eliminating many services that passengers receive from traditional companies or that applies additional charges for them. During the past year, 28 million 236 thousand passengers traveled in the domestic market, of which 17 million 736 thousand did so through one of these two low-cost companies (which represent for users a saving very significant), according to the AFAC figures. A total of 10 million 839 thousand...
    Southern Charm’s Kathryn Dennis Says Boyfriend Chleb Ravenell Loves Her New Blonde Hair US stocks are in a bubble, and its unclear when it will pop, hedge fund manager says UEFA changes venue for Manchester City-Gladbach Champions League match due to COVID travel restrictions The Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Manchester City Champions League encounter set for Feb. 24 won't be taking place in Germany. The first leg of their round of 16 clash is being moved to Budapest, Hungary as German authorities are blocking nearly all entry to the country from Great Britain due to the concerning spread of the newest variants of the coronavirus.  © Provided by CBS Sports Manchester City have made steady progress early in the new season This comes just a few days after the Liverpool vs. RB Leipzig match was also moved out of Germany. That game is also set to be played in Budapest....
    CHELSEA are set to play their Champions League last 16 first leg tie with Atletico Madrid in ROMANIA. LaLiga leaders Atletico are desperate to play the February 23 game on home soil in the Wanda Metropolitano. 3Chelsea came through a group involving Rennes, Krasnodar and SevillaCredit: Getty Images - Getty 3Atletico won the 2012 Europa League final in BucharestCredit: AP:Associated Press But Spanish government restrictions on travel from the UK have still to be lifted. They are expected to be extended beyond the current deadline of February 16, meaning the Spanish side will have to find an alternative location. And the preferred option is understood to be Bucharest’s Arena Nationala, the venue where Diego Simeone’s side beat Marcelo Bielsa’s Athletic Bilbao to win the Europa League in 2012. It means that all three English sides are now likely to play their Champions League last 16 away ties on neutral soil...
    THE search for British hiker Esther Dingley may not resume on the mountain top where she was last seen until July. Police are hoping to begin looking around 8,983ft Pico Salvaguardia in April but heavy snow may delay them. 6The hunt for Esther Dingley may not resume until JulyCredit: Facebook Durham-born Esther, 37, last contacted boyfriend Dan Colegate, 38, from the peak on the Spanish-French border on November 22. Authorities believe the travel blogger had an accident. Sgt Jorge Lopez Ramos, a Spanish mountain rescue chief in Benasque where Esther was based, said: “The peak where we know Esther last made contact with her partner from is nearly 9,000ft above sea level so it will be a while before the snow there thaws and we can see what’s underneath it. “And at the moment there’s a risk of avalanches which makes it dangerous. “We are at the mercy of the...
    NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Leipzig will play Liverpool in Budapest in the Champions League after Germany blocked almost all entry to the country from Britain to restrict the spread of new variants of the coronavirus. Leipzig’s round of 16 first leg will be at the Puskás Aréna in Budapest, still on Feb. 16. The German travel rules are set to expire on Feb. 17, a week before Borussia Mönchengladbach is also due to host Manchester City on Feb. 24, but could be extended. Gladbach has said it had made inquiries with venues including Danish club Midtjylland, which played in the group stage of the Champions League this season. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    BRITS will be the "first tourists to return to Spain" due to the success of the vaccine rollout, according to local authorities. Pedro Homar, director of the Palma Tourism Board, said that this could be as soon as May that they see UK holidaymakers back in the Balearic Islands. 3Brits are likely to be the first to return to Spain due to the vaccine rolloutCredit: Alamy Live News While Spain's UK travel ban is currently in place until February 16, and Brits are banned from travelling abroad for holidays, Mr Homar said he was "confident" that Majorca summer holidays will return. He told Telegraph Travel: "With the rate in which the UK is rolling out the vaccination, we are confident that the UK market will be one of the first to return to Palma. "In terms of timings, we expect the UK market to return from around May onwards."...
    MANY families are looking to book their next UK break or holiday abroad to have something to look forward to after the lockdown. Tour operators, holiday parks and travel companies are now offering a range of Covid covers to encourage people to book without risk. 4Travel companies have a variety of policies to give holidaymakers confidence in bookingCredit: Getty - Contributor While some companies offer Covid-specific insurance policies, others have adapted their current policies to offer customers greater flexibility with payments, holiday dates and refunds. We've rounded up the key holiday companies to see what they offer. TUI TUI's Covid Promise is a package of benefits that are part of its Holiday to Home insurance policy. It includes free changes if you contract COVID-19 before you travel and overseas medical assistance. It applies to TUI package holidays, TUI River Cruises sailing, or flight-only or accommodation-only bookings, if: You’re due to depart...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- A state of emergency is in effect in New York City amid the nor'easter that's dumping snow across the city, and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the schools will stay all remote on Tuesday after in-person learning was suspended Monday.The mayor warned New Yorkers to refrain from travel as the storm's intensity worsens, and there are restrictions in place for all non-essential travel.The state of emergency took effect as of 6 a.m. Monday, though the following categories are exempt from these restrictions:--Public transit workers--First responders--Healthcare and homecare workers--Police officers--Peace officers--Any other workers engaged in vital city services--Delivery of food, medical supplies, or fuel--News media--Hotel workers--Homeless shelter and outreach workers--Utility workers performing emergency repairs--Persons employed by pharmacies, grocery stores (including all food and beverage stores), convenience stores, bodegas, gas stations, laundromats, hotels, restaurants/bars, and hardware stores--Individuals seeking medical treatment or medical supplies--For-hire vehicles, used to transport...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- New York City Mayor de Blasio has declared a state of emergency, including restricting all non-essential travel, as of 6 a.m. Monday.The following categories are exempt from these restrictions:Public transit workersFirst respondersHealthcare and homecare workersPolice officersPeace officersAny other workers engaged in vital City servicesDelivery of food, medical supplies, or fuelNews mediaHotel workersHomeless shelter and outreach workersUtility workers performing emergency repairsPersons employed by pharmacies, grocery stores (including all food and beverage stores), convenience stores, bodegas, gas stations, laundromats, hotels, restaurants/bars, and hardware storesIndividuals seeking medical treatment or medical suppliesFor-hire vehicles, used to transport persons employed to perform any of these services to and from their places of employmentEMBED More News Videos Snow began accumulating overnight on the streets in Manhattan's Upper West Side. The mayor warned New Yorkers to refrain from travel as the storm's intensity worsens.715 salt spreaders, 2000 plows are at the ready to...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- New York City Mayor de Blasio has declared a state of emergency, including restricting all non-essential travel, as of 6 a.m. Monday.The following categories are exempt from these restrictions:Public transit workersFirst respondersHealthcare and homecare workersPolice officersPeace officersAny other workers engaged in vital City servicesDelivery of food, medical supplies, or fuelNews mediaHotel workersHomeless shelter and outreach workersUtility workers performing emergency repairsPersons employed by pharmacies, grocery stores (including all food and beverage stores), convenience stores, bodegas, gas stations, laundromats, hotels, restaurants/bars, and hardware storesIndividuals seeking medical treatment or medical suppliesFor-hire vehicles, used to transport persons employed to perform any of these services to and from their places of employmentEMBED More News Videos Snow began accumulating overnight on the streets in Manhattan's Upper West Side. The mayor warned New Yorkers to refrain from travel as the storm's intensity worsens.715 salt spreaders, 2000 plows are at the ready to...
    SPAIN has extended the UK travel ban to February 16 due to the coronavirus situation in the UK. The Covid death toll in the UK hit 100,000 this week, making it the highest in Europe. 2Spain has extended the UK travel ban againCredit: Alamy Live News Spain initially banned non-essential travel into the country until January 9, before extending it to January 19 - this was again extended to February 2. The travel ban, which is under constant review, is now in place until February 16. The Spanish Ministry of Health said: "The Council of Ministers extends until February 16 the limitation of direct flights and passenger ships between the United Kingdom and Spain. "It is a third extension of fourteen calendar days." With coronavirus cases continuing to rise in the UK, this date may be extended again. 2Non-residents cannot travel to Spain until February 16 although this date may...
    ARSENAL are in talks to switch their Europa League tie at Benfica on February 18 to a neutral venue. The Portuguese giants are reluctant to give up home advantage for the last-32 first leg but the UK Government have imposed a wide-ranging travel ban due to the new Covid-19 variant from Brazil. 3Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta faces uncertainty over the venue of their Europa League last-32 first-leg tie with Benfica next monthCredit: Getty Images - Getty 3Ex-Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen could see new club Benfica take on his former London rivals Arsenal at a neutral venue on February 18Credit: AFP OR LICENSORS Uefa protocols mean it would be up to Benfica to "propose a suitable alternative venue which may be in a neutral country". So unless government rules change, such as a travel corridor opening between Portugal and Britain, then a new venue will have to be found. And...
    BRITAIN could be cut off from the rest of the world for a year, as a result of the government’s plans to force all UK arrivals to quarantine in hotels for 10 days.  Travel expert Paul Charles, founder of the PC Agency, made the dire warning as he called on Downing Street to provide an end date to the hotel plan if it's approved at a meeting between ministers tomorrow.  5Brits could be looking at another staycation summer, if plans go ahead to force all UK arrivals to quarantine in hotels for 10 daysCredit: Getty Images - Getty A decision to tighten border controls is set to be made by the Prime Minister tomorrow at a meeting of the government’s Covid operations committee. They are expected to agree on a further crackdown - in which all arrivals into UK airports will be taken to designated Covid hotels where they would...
    BRUSSELS. European leaders agreed that the countries of the European Union (EU) may restrict non-essential intra-community travel, given the increase in Covid-19 infections due to the appearance of new variants of the virus, although they promised to keep internal borders open. The British variant of the coronavirus continues to spread and has already reached at least 60 countries and territories, the World Health Organization reported. ➡️ Stay informed on our Google News channel « In view of the very serious health situation, all non-essential travel should be strongly discouraged both within individual countries and across borders, » said the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, at the end of a summit. European Parliament by videoconference to discuss the status of the measures, although part of the discussion focused on the rapid spread of new variants of Covid-19, which may shatter hopes that vaccines will quickly end the pandemic. With...
    The countries of the European Union agreed on Thursday that member states can punctually restrict mobility at internal and external borders from the EU if the health situation requires it, but they promised to keep the Schengen area of ​​free movement open. “We are totally convinced that we have to keep the borders open to maintain the proper functioning of the internal market” but “they can be considered restrictions on non-essential travel “, declared the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, at the end of a teleconference of leaders of the EU countries. The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, pointed out that “to keep the external and internal borders open, we need specific measures that keep us all safe”, and hence it has been decided “introduce a new category, dark red, where the virus circulates at a high level” within the EU. Citizens traveling from...
    THE EUROSTAR could collapse in the next few months, with no help from a rescue package, due to the drop in passenger numbers because of coronavirus. Passengers using the service have dropped by 95 per cent since March 2020, when the pandemic started in the UK. 2Eurostar is at risk of permanent collapse due to the pandemicCredit: AFP or licensors With travel restrictions changing, the use of the service which connects the UK to France, Brussels and Amsterdam has dwindled. Christophe Fanichet, a senior executive from SNCF, the French state railway and part-owner of Eurostar, said on Friday that the London-based company was in "a very critical" state after a collapse in travel between Britain and the European continent. And following a call by British businesses for a UK government rescue of London-based Eurostar, the company on Monday reiterated the need for support. Mr Fanichet added that the problem for...
    HOLIDAYS to Greece and Turkey are likely to start before Spain, according to tour operators, as they have better coronavirus vaccination plans. Both countries hope to establish safe travel corridors with the UK again by June by vaccination a high percentage of the population by then. 3Spain is likely to lag behind Greece and Turkey in welcoming tourists againCredit: EPA According to Majorca Daily Bulletin, this means that the Balearic Islands in Spain will lag behind in welcoming holidaymakers back, as the vaccination programme needs to be "urgently sped up". TUI, easyJet and Jet2 have all cancelled holidays until at least next month due to the current coronavirus situation in the UK, but hope to resume by March. Athens plans to have 70 per cent of the population vaccinated by the summer while Turkey has vaccinated 700,000 people in four days with the Sinovac vaccine - similar levels to France and...
    TURKEY holidays are soaring in popularity for the summer as Brits hope to return to the hot destination. However, one expert has warned that it may not be able to welcome tourists before the end of the year due to the Covid situation. 2Turkey holidays are popular this year - but they may not open in time for the summerCredit: Getty Images - Getty Last year, the country was placed onto the UK's quarantine list over concerns that they were not fully reporting all cases in the correct way. At the time, according to the Financial Times, the Turkish health minister admitted it changed the way they reported coronavirus cases per day, changing the words of "today's number of cases" to "todays number of patients". Health minister Fahrettin Koca said the word “patients” means those who had tested positive and had symptoms of coronavirus - but those who tested positive...
    BRITS have been left stranded abroad by the UK flight ban on Portugal and all of South America, which were announced last night. Enforced from today at 4am, all flights from Portugal and 15 South American countries have been stopped due to a new mutant strain of coronavirus reported in Brazil. 3Brits have been stranded abroad as desperate tourists escaped on the last flights yesterdayCredit: Darren Fletcher Photography - The Sun Despite the UK lockdown meaning Brits haven't been allowed to travel since January 4, many families have been stranded abroad who were due to return from a holiday before this. One person said: "My flight home from Portugal on February 1 with BA has been cancelled for the fourth time. "Looking to come back on February 22. I was due to come back on December 31. Hope the milk in the fridge has not gone off." Another person said:...
    MORE countries have been placed onto the UK flight ban list due to new strains of coronavirus. Here is what you need to know about Portugal regarding flights and coronavirus restrictions. 2Portugal was added to the flight ban list last nightCredit: Darren Fletcher - The Sun Can I still travel to Portugal? The UK government banned all flights between Portugal and the UK last night, which was enforced from today at 4am. The country was slapped with the ban due to its "strong travel links with Brazil", Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said yesterday, where a new strain has been reported. Flights will no longer go ahead, although airlines are likely to offer repatriation flights for stranded tourists in the upcoming days. The advice from the government states: "From 4am on 15 January, direct flights from Portugal (including the autonomous regions of Madeira and Azores) to the UK are prohibited. ...
    SPAIN has extended their UK travel ban until February due to the mutant coronavirus strain. The country was among many to stop flights after the new strain was reported in December. 2Spain has extended the UK travel ban to February due to the mutant Covid strainCredit: Alamy Live News While some destinations closed their borders, others suspended flights to holidaymakers wanting to enter the country. Spain initially banned non-essential travel into the country until January 9, before extending it to January 19 - this has since been extended to February 2. With coronavirus cases continuing to rise in the UK, this date may be extended again. The Spanish government said in a statement that they had extended it again due to "some uncertainties over the reach of the new strain". It added: "The epidemiological situation in the United Kingdom has progressively worsened." 2The ban is likely to be extended againCredit:...
    The government of Mexico proposed to the United States to extend, until February 21, 2021, the restrictions on non-essential traffic at the land border to contain the spread of the new coronavirus, the Ministry of Foreign Relations reported on Monday. Miami World / viveusa Given the behavior of the pandemic, Mexico “raised the extension for one more month” the restrictions, the Foreign Ministry noted on Twitter. The limitations will remain “in the same terms in which they have been developed since their implementation on March 21, 2020,” he added. Since that date, the two countries have closed the border of more than 3,000 km to non-essential land traffic, such as tourists or occasional visitors, but it allows the passage of goods, workers or students. “Both countries will coordinate health measures in the border region that will be in effect until 11:59 p.m. February 21, 2021 ”, concluded the Foreign Ministry....
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- California has issued new guidance telling people not to travel more than 120 miles from home, unless it's for essential purposes.It's all due to the pandemic.Travelers from other states and countries are also being "strongly discouraged" from coming to California.Los Angeles County also says people must quarantine when they return from traveling outside the county, however there's really no way to enforce that.
    FRANCE has extended the UK travel ban indefinitely due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. The banning of Brits entering the country was first announced on December 20 due to the new UK Covid strain. 2France has extended the UK travel ban indefinitelyCredit: EPA While it was hoped that restrictions would be lifted, French Prime Minister Jean Castex said the ban would be in place until "further notice". Brits in the UK can't travel abroad right now due to the UK lockdown, expected to last until at least February. Only essential travel is allowed which includes for work, education or health reasons. Anyone travelling to France for this reason must have a negative coronavirus test before travelling, taken no more than 72 hours before arrival. Health Minister Olivier Véran said there are currently 19 cases of the new Covid variant in France, which they expect to increase. 2The country...
    Prince Harry will not meet the Queen face-to-face for a 12-month review of the so-called 'Megxit' deal as the Covid-19 pandemic has brought a ban on non-essential travel. The Duke of Sussex, together with wife Meghan Markle, quit as senior royals in January last year, with a review on their position set to take place on March 31. Prince Harry, 36, planned to request a meeting with his grandmother in the coming weeks, but those plans are said to have been scuppered by the coronavirus pandemic.  According to The Mirror, royal sources say the prince has 'not yet attempted to contact' the Queen to organise a meeting - but a solution was expected to be arranged in the coming weeks.  It's understood the couple want to increase the amount of time before a deal relinquishing their position becomes permanent. Prince Harry is understood to have delayed plans to meet...
    London (CNN)US President Donald Trump -- just like anyone from outside the country -- would not be welcome in Scotland at the moment due to coronavirus-related restrictions, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Tuesday. Sturgeon was asked during a news conference about unconfirmed Scottish media speculation that Trump could be planning a trip to one of his golf courses in Scotland around the time of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20.CNN has no reporting to indicate Trump has travel plans to Scotland."Anonymous sources who claim to know what the President is or is not considering have no idea. When President Trump has an announcement about his plans for January 20 he will let you know," White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere told CNN on Tuesday of the Scottish media speculation.On Monday, Sturgeon ordered most of Scotland into a harsh new lockdown for the rest of January, as Covid-19...
      A LONDON-based finance analyst was banned from flying home to the UK in a post-Brexit bungle. Angela Enzo travelled to Kenya for a work trip on her Italian passport and is stranded in Nairobi after officials there wrongly declared her ID documents invalid. 2Angela Enzo called the incident "ridiculous and unlawful"Credit: Angela Enzo The Home Office admitted an error had been made in stopping her returning to Heathrow airport and her London home of five years - and bosses vowed to rap British Airways and High Commission staff over the knuckles. The 31-year-old had been checked-in and cleared immigration only to be stopped from reaching her business class seat at the departure gate on Saturday. Airport staff hauled her away despite European citizens having until June to sign-up to the government’s EU Settlement Scheme.  The Home Office introduced the initiative to secure the rights of EU citizens living in...
    MAJORCA has "written off" holidays for Easter due to the spread of coronavirus, with them unlikely to resume until June. It follows the news of the UK lockdown which prohibits all leisure travel abroad, with fears it will be in place until March. 2Going on holiday to Majorca is now unlikely until at least June, according to the tourism ministerCredit: EPA The holiday island had originally hoped that tourism could start up again from March, according to the Balearic Islands Tourism Minister Iago Negueurela. Last month, Mr Negueurela expressed his hopes for a restart during the Easter holidays, but has now called that "somewhat utopian". The Majorca Hoteliers Federation echoed this, according to local media, and warned that the current lockdown restrictions are likely to remain in place for the next few months. President of the Aviba association of travel agents Francesc Mulet added: "We won't have an Easter. "In...
    HOLIDAY prices are expected to go up next year with demand following news of the Oxford vaccine announcement. Approved by regulators yesterday, the Oxford Covid vaccine will be rolled out to millions of Brits from Monday. 2The new of the Oxford vaccine rollout will see both holiday demand and holiday prices go up, according to expertsCredit: University of Oxford Emma Coulthurst from holiday price comparison site TravelSupermarket, said that holiday demand surged by 54 per cent following the news of the Pfizer vaccine last month. The new vaccine announcement is expected to have a similar effect on holiday demand - as well as have a knock-on effect to an increase in prices too. She explained: "People are desperate to escape as soon as the virus and the world allows them to do so. "But searches translating to bookings is likely to continue to be highest for June and July...
    On Tuesday’s broadcast of “CNN Tonight,” Sen.-Designate Alex Padilla (D-CA) stated that the large amount of coronavirus cases in California is due to “COVID fatigue,” people “getting a little too comfortable,” in addition to people traveling to and from states that are less restrictive. Padilla said, “I think if you look at the numbers and the charts for the better part of the year, Gov. Newsom’s quick, bold action paid dividends. Our curve was relatively flat, especially on a per capita basis for a good chunk of the year. But again, as you said, we’ve been hearing about, whether it’s COVID fatigue, and people are maybe taking it a little — getting a little too comfortable, thinking they would be immune or that the worst of it was over when it wasn’t true. Second, California can do all the things it needs to do, but if you have people still...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — The spread of COVID in California is likely to increase this week as people travel and gather for holidays like Christmas and New Year’s Eve, the state’s Health and Human Services secretary said Tuesday. Traffic at Bay Area airports is down compared to this time last year — at SFO, it is down 80% — but millions are still going through airports across the country each day. The Transportation Security Agency said figures show it screened 1.28 million people Sunday on Christmas weekend. That’s the highest number of travelers since the onset of the pandemic. California officials are hoping people avoid non-essential travel, even though there have been some promising signs. The number of people seen traveling on the weekend after Christmas and as New Year’s Eve approaches has health officials again making pleas for only essential travel. “The urge of many Californians to gather...
    Cuba reportedly will restrict flights from the U.S. and a few other countries due to a spike in its COVID-19 cases. Beginning New Years Day, Cuba temporarily will restrict the arrival of travelers from the U.S., Mexico, Panama, Bahamas, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic, per CNN on Monday. There was no further explanation on the extent of the limitations. Cuba will require a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken 72 hours before traveling from all countries beginning Jan. 10. People arriving also must follow health protocols established by authorities, according to Cubas Ministry of Public Health. The ministrys website said the country had seen a surge in new coronavirus cases recently after international travelers began arriving following the reopening of the countrys international airports in November. The airports had been closed since March in an effort to reduce coronavirus infections. The state-run Cuba Debate said at least 71.5% of new cases were traced to travelers arriving from...
    Priyanka Chopra Jonas is currently in the UK for the shooting of her upcoming romantic drama Text For You. Directed by Jim Strouse, actress Priyanka and co-star Sam Heughan have been filming for this rom-com in London since November. Now the latest buzz is that the shooting schedule of the film have to be altered owing to the Tier 4 lockdown in the country in the wake of a new variant of COVID-19. The makers of the film are reportedly trying to make arrangements for the entire cast and crew to return to the US, but looks like all would be stranded for a while in the UK. Priyanka Chopra Jonas Starts Shooting for ‘Text for You’ Co-Starring Celine Dion and Sam Heughan. About it a source revealed to Mid-Day, “The producers have halted production at the moment. Their top priority is to ensure the safe return of the...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Many residents of the United Kingdom are stuck far away from home right now because of COVID-19 travel restrictions.For those feeling a little homesick, one company is selling bottled air.Relocation website My Baggage is selling what it calls "authentic" air from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.A 500ml bottle costs 25, which equates to about $33.My Baggage says it was inspired to sell bottles of air after research found sense of smell is linked to memories.
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to travel Wednesday ahead of the Christmas holiday, despite health officials telling people to stay home due to the pandemic. At Philadelphia International Airport air travel is down considerably compared to last year’s holiday season. AAA says some 75% of Americans are expected to stay home for the holiday season. According to their holiday travel forecast, people are choosing to stay home because of public health concerns. Health officials are telling people to stay home and an overall decline in consumer sentiment. AAA says travelers are taking a “wait and see” approach to traveling. They say it is directly linked to the surge in coronavirus cases. Philadelphia recorded 928 additional confirmed cases on Tuesday. Following Thanksgiving, Philadelphia’s Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said the surge in cases was worse than he anticipated and he’s urging Philadelphians to stay home. If you...
    By Wendell Roelf CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - When businesswoman Marina Wessolowski arrived in Cape Town on Dec. 12 she was looking forward to spending Christmas with family and friends before flying back to Germany early next month. But the emergence of a new, fast-spreading strain of the coronavirus in South Africa means that she, her husband and two daughters are now uncertain when they will be able to return home. That's because a growing number of countries, including Germany, have barred travellers from South Africa while they assess how much danger the new variant poses. "We found out this morning that we won't be able to go home, so that is quite a shock to us," Wessolowski, who runs a cosmetics distribution firm in Berlin, told Reuters on Monday outside her rental flat overlooking the city. There had been no notification yet from airline Lufthansa on their Jan. 12 return...
    Citing a potential new COVID-19 strain in the United Kingdom that could be more transferrable between individuals, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling for pre-flight testing of the virus from travelers coming into New York from that region. Cuomo is asking for New York to be added to a list of 120 countries that will require pre-flight COVID-19 testing before allowing the plane to take off, noting that the new strain has forced the UK to shut down again. “They’re saying the strain is 70 percent more transferrable, but they don’t know if there’s any higher rate of death or if the vaccine is as effective with it,” Cuomo said during a COVID-19 briefing on Monday, Dec. 21. “The quote from the UK medical officer was ‘our working assumption is that the vaccine works,’ ” he added. “If the strain is so serious that (UK Prime Minister) Boris Johnson did...
    RYANAIR have sparked outrage from customers after sending out an email encouraging Brits to "fly home." The message was sent a day after the government halted Christmas travel in parts of England, and several countries put travel bans on the UK due to a new mutant Covid strain “spreading rapidly” in the south-east. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 7 The budget airline's promotional flyer, which arrived in customers' inboxes overnight, said: "Last chance, home for Christmas - lockdown lifted." Travel has been banned from yesterday under the highest level restrictions for the newly formed Tier 4 in London and the South East. Almost 18million people live in the new Tier 4 areas - with restrictions similar to the second national lockdown in November. Elsewhere in England, the plan to allow Brits to form social bubbles over five days has also...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — This year, many Americans will not be taking a bus, a train or hopping an airplane. “We are projecting a 30 percent decrease in year end holiday travel,” AAA East Central Spokesperson Jim Garrity said. As AAA estimates about 84.5 million people travel. About 34 million fewer Americans than last year. They said it would be the lowest amount of travel around the holidays since 2008. Between now and the holiday, more people could decide not to travel. “We could get up into Christmas Eve, we could get up into New Year’s Eve and some people might say, this year is not the year. Let’s just stay home,” Garrity said. According to AAA, about 96 percent of holiday travelers will be filling up the gas tank and hitting the roads. Some of this is due in part to many people not taking end-of-the-year vacations because of the...
    France announced on Sunday that it has implemented a 48-hour ban on travel to Britain, joining a growing number of European countries halting travel to Britain after a new strain of the coronavirus was detected in that country. At least six European countries have announced flights will cease if they haven't done so already, while France and Belgium have banned train travel. French officials said the 48-hour stoppage would give them time to find a "common doctrine" to stop the spread of the new COVID-19 variant. French President Emmanuel Macron tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday.  Germany, which holds the EU presidency, called a special crisis meeting for Monday to coordinate a response.  Top health officials in Britain say a new, fast-moving variant of the coronavirus could be up to 70% more transmissible than previous ones. This strain appears to be driving the rapid spread in London and...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The stay-at-home order is forcing some to cancel holiday plans. Those who have shelled out thousands for rentals are upset they can’t get that money back. Tru Yang of Sacramento canceled his December 11 weekend booking at a South Lake Tahoe Airbnb and lost nearly $350. “It kind of sucks when you know you’re trying to be safe and they tell you ‘Yeah, no, we’re gonna keep your money,’” Yang said. If you booked a trip before mid-March, you can get a refund because no one expected the pandemic. But for bookings made after that, Airbnb essentially says, that’s on you, and it’s up to the host to determine how to handle refunds. Airbnb says none of this should surprise the booker because it shows the host’s cancelation policy before you pay, classifying it as “flexible,” “moderate” or “strict.” Flexible policies allow a full refund for cancelations...
    As the US continues to grapple with the deadly coronavirus pandemic, AAA is predicting a 29 per cent drop in travel during the holiday season this year, with three-quarters of Americans expected to stay home. The projection was published in the agency's Year-End Holiday Travel Forecast report on Tuesday, which is predicting 34million fewer travelers compared to last year's season between December 23 through January 3. The slump will be the largest decline on record, ending a streak of 11 consecutive years of holiday travel growth. It also marks the lowest travel volume in the country since 2002.   While 75% of Americans are expected to stay home for the holidays this year, at least 84.5million will still travel, according to AAA  AAA Travel Forecast report on Tuesday showed the number of travelers is expected to drop 29 per cent - or by 34million 'While Thanksgiving is traditionally spent gathering with...
    Australians flying to Australia have been warned Reports of deceptive behavior from expensive airlines around Christmas. Consumer Protection WA has reminded passengers to be vigilant about the condition of their tickets following the arrest of AFL player Dale Thomas on a flight from Melbourne to Perth. A few weeks ago he bought a one-way direct Qantas flight for about $ 300, which was re-operated via Sydney at the last minute, ABC News reported. After examining the change, Mr. Thomas realized that the first direct flight he had booked had risen to about 500, 1,500. Qantas has been accused of deliberately trying to rip off its customers. Source: Getty Images “Instead of moving to Perth from Melbourne, which I bought 25 days ago, I moved via Sydney and then to Perth,” he said. “I think they are basically [Qantas] They have sold out more tickets and replaced anyone who bought a...
    HEATHROW Airport staff are to go on strike again this month for three days, causing misery for passengers travelling home for Christmas. Baggage handlers, airside staff and security staff walked out earlier this month on December 1 for 24 hours. 3More than 4,000 Heathrow staff are going on strike again this monthCredit: Getty Images - Getty They are also planning to go on strike again on December 14 and on December 17 and December 18. As many as 4,000 staff members are walking out due to new contracts being enforced by the airport. Staff have been told to sign new contracts with a 20 per cent pay cut, which union Unite claim are up to £8,000, and will force staff to take the cut or to resign. Airports have faced a difficult year with passenger numbers plummeting due to coronavirus - numbers were down 82 per cent last month, and are expecting...
    FLIGHT prices are expected to go up after coronavirus, according to Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary. This is due to the collapse of big names such as Flybe, as well as airlines reducing their capacity, such as flag carriers Lufthansa and AlItalia. 2Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary has warned that prices of flights will only go upCredit: AFP or licensors He said the pandemic has caused a "big capacity shake out in Europe" which has led to airlines wanting to return with "less capacity and much higher prices” when travel resumes. Mr O'Leary said during a conference yesterday: "Unless we add additional capacity, then fares will rise." Prices are as low as they ever will be right now, he added, due to the unprecedented drop in travel. 2021 holidays have soared since the news of the vaccine rollout, with Majorca seeing an increase in bookings by 30 per cent. Families are rushing...
    LINTHICUM, Md. (WJZ) —  Southwest Airlines is warning thousands of its employees could face furloughs for the first time in its history, including some at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. The Dallas-based airline announced it’s planning the first furloughs in its nearly 50-year history, citing the COVID-19 pandemic. Last Thursday, Southwest warned nearly 7,000 employees nationwide they may be furloughed in the spring to address current overstaffing due to the drop in demand for air travel. While it didn’t provide specific numbers about how many employees at BWI would be affected, 1,181 Southwest employees in the state were sent Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notifications, data from the Maryland Department of Labor shows. Thursday’s announcement was the second time in a month Southwest warned of possible furloughs; in November, the company sent WARN notices to more than 400 employees nationwide, including 106 at BWI. Southwest has almost 4,500 employees at BWI....
    Ohio residents should reconsider traveling to the state of Ohio. The Ohio Department of Health’s list of states with a travel advisory — because of high COVID-19 testing positivity rates — now includes Ohio. Health officials recommend anyone entering Ohio from states on the list, where the positivity rate is 15% or higher, self-quarantine for 14 days. But Ohio had to put itself on the list, as this was the first week its own COVID-19 positivity hit 15% since April. WOMAN KICKED OFF FRONTIER FLIGHT FOR REFUSING TO WEAR MASK, CURSING AT FLIGHT ATTENDANT, VIDEO SHOWS That doesn’t mean Ohio residents should abandon the state. Rather, the state is recommending everyone stay at home aside from necessary trips for essential supplies. They’re also advising residents to wear masks while around others, and frequently wash their hands. “The state has seen record cases, deaths, and hospitalizations in the past week, and all...
    LOS Angeles residents have been told to "stay in homes now" as the mayor banned travel and shut non-essential businesses due to Covid. Mayor Eric Garcetti warned on Wednesday the city was nearing "a devastating tipping point" and ordered residents to stay in their homes and avoid social gatherings in new lockdown measures to rein in a surge in Covid infections. 3Mayor Eric Garcetti shared the warning on WednesdayCredit: LUCY NICHOLSON "It's time to cancel everything," Garcetti said during the press briefing. His order limits nearly all social gatherings of people from more than a single household, mirroring a directive by county health officials last week, but exempts religious services and protests protected by the constitution. "My message couldn’t be simpler. It's time to hunker down. It’s time to cancel everything. And if it isn’t essential, don't do it," the mayor added. "Don't meet up with others outside your household....
    Joe Biden is urging Americans to stay home and limit their holiday travel this year amid a surge in the novel coronavirus pandemic. Biden, who has been declared president-elect by many media outlets, made the remarks on Wednesday during a virtual roundtable with workers impacted by the virus. The former vice president, in particular, spent a portion of the event telling those in attendance that despite there being promising news about a vaccine, it is important to remain cautious for the time being. “I hope you are listening because, as with all the trouble you’re going through, you can not be traveling during these holidays,” Biden said. “As much as you want.” Noting the impact such restrictions have placed on his own large family, the former vice president urged individuals to limit their risk of exposure whenever possible. “For the first time, we had a Thanksgiving with my wife and...
    AIRLINES and tour operators have launched some amazing deals this Black Friday, including 40 per cent off package deals and free upgrades. However, travel experts have warned that these bargains are likely to be short-lived, due to the news of a vaccine. 2Deals are the cheapest they will be - and the vaccine will just push prices upCredit: AFP - DPA The messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine developed by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is said to be now 95 per cent effective, as senior advisers hope to roll out the vaccine before Christmas. Britain has secured 40 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine - enough to immunise a third of the UK population. This has provided hope for many of families looking for their next holiday, with thousands being forced to cancel them this year. This is likely to lead to a price increase once the vaccine is rolled out to the general public. Seven nights...
    The mayor of Denver has been branded a 'hypocrite' for jetting out of the city for Thanksgiving, just 30 minutes after he posted a message urging residents to stay home for the holiday.  A spokesperson for Democrat Mayor Michael Hancock admitted Wednesday that the politician was flying to Mississippi to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter's house.  'As he has shared, the Mayor is not hosting his traditional large family dinner this year, but instead traveling alone to join his wife and daughter where the three of them will celebrate Thanksgiving at her residence instead of having them travel back to Denver,' Hancock's deputy communications director told ABC 7 in a statement. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock has been branded a 'hypocrite' for jetting out of the city for Thanksgiving, just hours after he posted a message urging residents to avoid travelling for the holiday 'Upon return, he will follow all necessary health...
    BOSTON (CBS/AP) — Massport, the state agency that owns and operates Logan Airport, must cut about 25% of its workforce amid a $400 million budget deficit brought on by a steep drop in travel during the coronavirus pandemic, agency executives say. The savings will come from a combination of layoffs, voluntary buyouts of union and administrative workers, and furloughs of administrative staff. The voluntary program will begin immediately, and the layoffs are expected in January. “While we continue to advocate for further CARES Act funding, and explore other revenue sources and financial strategies, the Authority must reduce our workforce by approximately 25 percent to better align staffing levels with business activity,” said Massport Director of Media Relations Jennifer Mehigan in a statement on Thursday. Logan had 42 million passengers last year. This year, the “optimistic” forecast was 22 million, and the “worst case” 13 million, according to Massport. Logan’s passenger...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Traveling for Thanksgiving is expected to be significantly down from years past due to the pandemic. A new AAA survey is showing that a large majority of residents in our region will not be traveling. The survey found, in Pennsylvania, 83% of respondents say they aren’t traveling, with 40% saying it’s because of COVID-19. In New Jersey, 88% of respondents say they aren’t traveling, with 46% saying it’s because of the pandemic. And in Delaware, 86% of those surveyed say they will not be traveling, with 49% saying it’s due to the coronavirus. “Thanksgiving travel 2020 is going to look nothing like it has in the previous 20 years that AAA has tracked travel for the holiday weekend,” AAA spokeswoman Jana Tidwell said. “This is typically the busiest travel holiday weekend of the year. People are ready to kick off the holiday season, they want to be...
    Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that people should not travel for Thanksgiving, citing the rapid increases in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations around the country. “It’s a strong recommendation,” said Henry Walke, COVID-19 incident manager at the CDC, during a press briefing. The United States is averaging over 160,000 COVID-19 cases per day, and the coronavirus is spreading out of control in most states. “We all need to consider the safest way to celebrate this holiday amidst this critical phase of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Walke said. The US saw spikes in cases after the Memorial Day and Labor Day holidays, and Thanksgiving poses an even larger concern: celebrations usually happen indoors (where the virus spreads more easily), with multiple generations (including older adults at high risk of severe COVID-19). There’s also more virus spreading in most places in the US now than there was...
    PITTSBURGH (CBS NEWS) — The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday urged Americans not to travel during the Thanksgiving holiday as coronavirus cases continue to surge across the country. The agency’s updated guidance says the safest way to celebrate is “at home with the people you live with.” “Gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu,” the guidance adds. “Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others this year.” The CDC said more than 1 million virus cases were reported across the country in the last seven days. “We’re alarmed with the exponential growth in cases and we want to get these recommendations out,” Dr. Henry Walke, the agency’s COVID-19 incident manager, said in a briefing Thursday....
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- This Thanksgiving promises to be one, unlike any other. COVID-19 has local leaders calling for scaled-back holiday celebrations. But that doesn't mean you have to give-up on family fun.The United States has seen over 100 thousand new COVID cases every day in November. And according to the CDC, small gatherings are an important contributor. As we approach the Thanksgiving Holiday, health officials hope families will celebrate virtually or only with members of your immediate household."We can't celebrate in the same way we want to or used to, it's just absolutely not safe," said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, LA County Health Director.There are indications those warnings will be ignored. AAA's travel forecast expects 3.8 million people in Southern California to travel this year, mostly by car. If you plan to be one of them, the CDC is offering some guidance.First, keep it small and outside with family and...
    Airbnb filed for an initial public offering on Monday, released its prospectus, and indicated it will trade on the Nasdaq exchange under the ticker symbol ABNB. The prospectus gives a deep look at Airbnb’s business, particularly just how hard the platform has been hit by the coronavirus pandemic. As part of the filing, Airbnb says its business will continue to be affected by people scaling back travel as the virus continues to spread. Under risk factors, the company said the pandemic “and the impact of actions to mitigate the Covid-19 pandemic have materially adversely impacted and will continue to materially adversely impact our business, results of operations, and financial condition.” The company has seen annual net losses every year since its launch and says it may not be able to achieve profitability. It went from a net loss of $70 million in 2017 to a net loss of $674.3 million...
    Britain’s largest bakery chain has announced plans to cut 820 jobs due to the current outbreak. Greggs said hundreds of characters will be cut in the coming weeks as High Street continues to be attacked Corona virus Crisis. Greeks boss Roger Whiteside warned of job cuts in September, just months after business reopened from the initial lockdown. Employees were asked to reduce contract hours to help reduce job losses, however this week, 820 employees were put on consultation. This comes as daily sales are 70% lower than normal levels. Grex spokesman Mirror Money stores were not affected by the announcement, and the company is in talks to open 20 new branches by Christmas. Grex employs 25,000 people and has more than 2,000 stores across the UK. The cuts equate to 3% of the company’s total workforce.The company is one of many high street chains fighting in the hands of...
    ENGLAND women’s home match against Norway, which was due to be played at Bramall Lane on December 1, has been axed. The Norwegian Football Federation confirmed that it would be unable to travel due to Covid-19 restrictions in their country. 1England women's friendly with Norway has been axed due to coronavirus travel restrictions The Lionesses are still due to report for a training camp later this month with talks underway to reschedule the fixture at a later date. England boss Phil Neville said: “While I am disappointed for our fans and players, I fully respect Norway’s decision not to travel. "These are still challenging times where health and safety for all is the most important thing to consider. Most read in FootballMONSTROSI-TEEWatch giant alligator stroll through Valencia golf course in FloridaLive BlogRED DEVILS NEWSMan Utd news LIVE: All the latest gossip and updates from Old TraffordSTAYING...
    FAMILIES wanting to head to Spain will have to fork out an extra £480 on average to visit due to the coronavirus restrictions. The country is enforcing mandatory negative coronavirus tests on all arrivals from November 23, while all of Spain excluding the Canary Islands remains on the UK quarantine list. 2New tests being enforced by Spain will ramp up holiday pricesCredit: Getty Images - Getty The hotel association for Benidorm, Hosbec, says the new measure to be introduced by the Spanish government from November 23 will help the general health situation but NOT tourism. And it says some sort of common policy must be adopted which is both safe and affordable for holidaymakers who will otherwise be pushed out of the market. Hosbec today gave the example of a British family of four having to pay up to £480 extra as Spain says all arrivals from at risk countries...
    More than 70% of Americans are unlikely to travel for the upcoming holidays due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. A new survey from the American Hotel and Lodging Association found that 72% of Americans are unlikely to travel for Thanksgiving, while 62% are unlikely to travel for Christmas. Additionally, 65% of Americans say they are still unlikely to travel for spring break next year. The pandemic, which has infected more than 52.4 million people worldwide and killed more than 1.28 million people has wreaked havoc on the travel and hospitality industry across the globe. And the U.S. has been particularly hard hit with more than 10.44 million cases and 242,070 deaths. Cartoons on the CoronavirusView All 421 ImagesThe survey found that just 3 in 10 Americans have taken an overnight trip since March. Additionally, as the pandemic has forced many companies to switch to remote work,...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Laurie Daniels, of Aurora, is taking extreme measures to get back thousands of dollars of her own money, after her dream trip to Italy was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She says Trafalgar, an international travel company that makes tens of millions of dollars in revenue annually, according to public records, is not only “holding money hostage” from her, but dozens of others across the country. (credit: CBS) Daniels and her friend had planned a “last hoorah” trip to Italy, to celebrate their upcoming retirements. Together, they paid about $12,000 for the trip. Daniels said she picked Trafalgar, because she had gone on great guided tours through Europe with the company in the past. “I thought it was a great company,” Daniels said. “But if I’m ever in a position to travel again, it won’t be with Trafalgar.” When the pandemic hit, her trip was...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Maryland officials are urging people to avoid any non-essential out-of-state travel to 35 states as coronavirus cases nationwide continue to climb and as the holidays approach. During a news conference Tuesday evening, Gov. Larry Hogan outlined the details of an expanded travel advisory, under which Marylanders are strongly advised against traveling to any state with a positivity rate above 10% or any state with average case rates above 20 per 100,000 residents. CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES:  Coronavirus Resources: How To Get Help In Maryland TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines Those states, based on a list from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday, are: Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas Colorado Connecticut Florida Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Jersey New Mexico North Carolina North Dakota...
    WALES is experiencing a holiday booking boom after the 17-day firebreak lockdown ended yesterday. The country, while still enforcing some restrictions, is now allowing people to meet up in small groups, as well as domestic holidays to go ahead. 2Wales staycations are already on the up following the end of their lockdownCredit: Alamy Travel agencies are also seeing bookings - Matthew Sutton, who owns two domestic travel agencies in Wales, said they had seen strong footfall in the shops already. He said: “It’s lovely to be back open and to see customers coming in who are happy to make bookings. "We were hoping it would be this busy but we didn’t expect it." Bookings for Tenby and Llandudno were popular options, he said, as families looked to book their own staycations, with some departing as soon as November 20. Sadly anyone in England is still unable to go on...
    TUI has cancelled all Lapland holidays this year due to the ongoing pandemic. The tour operator claimed that due to the ongoing travel restrictions and uncertainty surrounding holidays abroad, all trips to the festive location would be cancelled until 2021. 2TUI has cancelled their holidays to Lapland this winterCredit: Visit Rovaniemi They said in a statement: "TUI UK and Ireland today regrets to confirm it has made the incredibly difficult decision to suspend holidays to Lapland this winter, due to the continued uncertainty surrounding travel and the unprecedented impact of COVID-19." While they added that they understood families' disappointment, what with Santa visits and reindeer experiences as part of the holidays, they made the decision due to the need for a negative coronavirus test for Finland soon to be introduced. They continued: "TUI would like to apologise sincerely for any inconvenience and disappointment caused and thanks customers for their understanding....
    MANCHESTER UNITED blocked Victor Lindelof playing for Sweden against Denmark, his national team confirmed. A coronavirus outbreak from a new strain of Covid-19 found on mink farms in Denmark means a ban is in place for travel from the country to the UK. ⚠️ Read our Man United live blog for the latest news from Old Trafford 3Manchester United denied Victor Lindelof playing for Sweden in Denmark on WednesdayCredit: Getty - Pool The Premier League told clubs not to release Denmark, Sweden and Iceland internationals for the upcoming fixtures in Copenhagen. In an email to clubs on Saturday night, the top flight pointed out that if stars do travel, they will have to quarantine for 14 days on their return to the UK - with no exemptions. It means United denied their centre-back - who picked up a knock against Everton on Saturday - linking up with Sweden for Wednesday's...
    LIVERPOOL'S Champions League clash away at FC Midtjylland could be under threat due to the UK's new coronavirus restrictions. It has been revealed that there have wide-scale outbreaks of a new strain of Covid-19 at mink factories in Denmark. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 1Liverpool could be facing some disruption to their Champions League campaignCredit: AP:Associated Press That has led Boris Johnson's government banning Danes from entering the UK. And people living in these shores returning from the Scandinavian country will have to isolate with their household for 14 days. Liverpool face the Danish side on December 12 having won the home game 2-0. After The Sun on Sunday exclusively revealed disruption fears over the Government’s new Covid travel ban, the Premier League has advised clubs to stop their stars reporting for international duty in Denmark to avoid 14-day quarantine periods. And should...
    THE Premier League has told clubs not to release Denmark, Sweden and Iceland internationals for the three country’s upcoming fixtures. And the action - sparked by the Government's new hardline travel ban on non-UK visitors coming from Denmark - has made England’s Nations League match against Iceland at Wembley on November 18 a major doubt. 2Kasper Schmeichel could be one of those not allowed to head for international duty with DenmarkCredit: Getty In an email to clubs on Saturday night, the Premier League pointed out that if stars do travel to the Scandinavian countries they will have to quarantine for 14 days on their return to the UK. The advisory email pointed out there will be no exemptions to the rule. And it stressed FIFA had amended their rules in early October, telling clubs they did not have to release stars if they were going to play in a country which...
    HOLIDAYS next summer and even up until Christmas 2021 are being "written off" by the travel industry due to the pandemic. Families who have had their holidays left in tatters by coronavirus this year may struggle to go abroad to their favourite destinations even next year. 3Holidays may still be off the cards next summer due to lockdowns and flight restrictionsCredit: W8MEDIA Many are looking to book their holiday for next summer, with destinations like Turkey seeing a booking boom right now. However, trips could continue to be affected for the next year, due to restricted flights, last-minute lockdowns and the threat of further coronavirus waves. Travel expert Eoghan Corry told RSVP Live: "What I’m hearing in the industry is a lot of people are writing off summer of 2021. Increasingly, tourist boards are writing it off." He added that while there are likely to be some trips and travel...
    JET2 has been forced to cancel flights and holidays to Cyprus and Greece until next spring due to the pandemic. The current UK lockdown, to be enforced from tomorrow, prevents all non-essential travel abroad, meaning holidays cannot go ahead. 2Jet2 holidays to Greece and Cyprus have been stopped until next springCredit: Alamy Airlines and tour operators are now having to cancel routes until at least next month - although many are now going into the winter season, meaning they are unlikely to operate again until next year. Jet2 has suspended all holidays to Larnaca and Paphos until February 13 and all holidays to Rhodes and Crete until March 30. While they will continue to operate until November 8, anyone with a holiday affected will get a full refund. They said in a statement: "Where customers yet to travel are affected by any programme changes, we have been repeatedly recognised for...
    CYPRUS is fearing the worst this winter due to the UK lockdown, with hotels already seeing a huge number of cancellations. Some hotels, restaurants and bars are likely to stay closed until the summer 2021 season as the pandemic's second wave sweeps Europe. 3Cyprus hotels may be forced to stay closed until summer 2021Credit: Reuters Last week, it was announced that the UK is going back into a full lockdown, lasting from November 5 until at least December 2. This means all non-essential travel is banned, which includes all overseas travel, a blow to Cyprus of which UK tourists make up a third of visitors, hitting 3.97m last year. Cyprus Hotel Association (CHA) Paphos chairman Thanos Michaelides warned: "We expect to see more cancellations, but also for bookings to come to a full stop. "This will definitely weigh on Hoteliers decision to keep their hotels open during the winter...
    HOTELS are cheaper than ever due the pandemic - and a 4-star suite may be cheaper than your Airbnb rental. Many holiday destinations, in particularly cities, have struggled as the pandemic has halted travel in many destinations. 2Four star hotels are now cheaper than home rentals due to the pandemic in a number of holiday destinationsCredit: Alamy The hospitality industry has been hit the hardest, as hotels try and claw back guests. New data compiled by tour operator Dertour has revealed the 2020 Hotel Price Index, comparing hotels and holiday homes across 75 destinations. This has revealed a massive difference in prices between three and four star accommodation compared to holiday homes - depending on where you are going on holiday. For example, Santorini and Mykonos four-star hotels were found to be much cheaper than home rentals. In Santorini, renting an apartment or house cost on average €184, compared to...
    HONOLULU (AP) — A recent spike in COVID-19 cases on Hawaii island is the result of community spread, not a reopening of trans-Pacific or interisland travel, the mayor has said. Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim is aware of concerns among residents that coronavirus cases may have been transmitted by incoming travelers, but he said that is not the case, Hawaii Public Radio reported Tuesday. Hawaii County reported 51 new cases Sunday, which was a single-day record for the island since the pandemic began. “First of all, none of them were travel-related," Kim said. “All of these places that show the very high amount were strictly local residents.” The outbreak included a cluster of about 15 people at an apartment complex and another 23 cases at an affordable housing community. A majority of the county’s confirmed COVID-19 cases are on the eastern side of the island. Kim said the rise in...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Are you planning to travel this holiday season? A new AAA survey determined that the pandemic and presidential election are key influencers in how comfortable people feel about traveling in the coming months. According to the survey, the vast majority of Floridians (84%) are concerned about traveling this holiday season, due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, confidence is improving. More than half (51%) of Floridians say they are more comfortable traveling now, compared to earlier this year when the pandemic began. One-in-four Floridians (24%) plan to travel this holiday season. Although that’s half as many as last year, more than one-sixth (17%) have yet to decide if they will take a trip. MORE FROM CBSMIAMI.COM Miami Gardens Track Coach Darius Lawshea Accused Of Sexual Assault Mysterious Orb Caught On Camera In Florida Pastor’s Home COVID In South Florida: Overall Amount Of Patients At Local Hospitals Increasing...
    A surrogate mother who gave birth to a little girl for a Chinese couple during the pandemic has told how she took care of the newborn for nearly three months while the new parents fought travel restrictions to enter the US, she told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview. Jennifer Parson, from Tucson, Arizona, said despite two previous surrogacy journeys, nothing could have prepared her for a worldwide pandemic that would throw both families' plans in the lurch. The 31-year-old explained she became aware of Covid-19 a bit earlier than most since the baby's parents were from Shenzhen, China, just outside Hong Kong, and were placed on strict lockdown in early January. In the following months, the parents came to the heartbreaking realization they wouldn't be able to travel to the US by June for the birth of their first child, so they asked if Parson would be willing to take...
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