People at airports "are going to get us into even more trouble than we're in right now." – Dr. Anthony Fauci
Nov 22, 2020
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Millions of Americans bought tickets to fly somewhere for Thanksgiving before the nation's top public health agency pleaded with them not to travel for the holiday.
So what are they doing now? In many cases, they're still crowding airports and boarding planes. That's despite relatively lenient cancellation policies that...
"Over the river and through the woods, to Grandma's house we go ... " – NOT in 2020, says CDC
| Thanksgiving traditions canceled as lockdown tightens
PLUS: Sheriff calls Cuomo’s holiday gathering limit ‘unconstitutional’
Nov 19, 2020
CNN – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that Americans should not travel for Thanksgiving, and has posted updated guidelines for safely celebrating the holiday.
"CDC is recommending against travel during the Thanksgiving Day period," Dr. Henry Walke, Covid-19...
Planning a large family gathering in New York for Thanksgiving? Fuggedaboutit.
CNN – Indoor and outdoor gatherings in private homes in New York state will be limited to 10 people, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday.
Covid-19 cases are rising in New York and neighboring states, and the move aims to curb traffic from more restricted states into New York, said Cuomo.
"If the national numbers are going up, and the states around you are going up, be...
Future of business travel unclear as virus upends work life
AP – Brian Contreras represents the worst fears of the lucrative business travel industry.
A partner account executive at a U.S. tech firm, Contreras was used to traveling frequently for his company. But nine months into the pandemic, he and thousands of others are working from home and dialing into video conferences instead of boarding planes.
Contreras manages his North American accounts from Sacramento, California and doesn't...
Nov 05, 2020
AP – In a recent travel update, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention makes it clear: Staying home is the best way to protect yourself against the coronavirus.
If you do travel, the CDC says, sharing a rental home with people from your own household is safer than staying with friends or family who aren't from your household or staying at a hotel where you would encounter more people.
Oct 31, 2020
New York Daily News – Travelers arriving in New York from non-neighboring states will have to quarantine and undergo mandatory coronavirus testing as cases spike across the country, Gov. Cuomo announced Saturday.
The governor said New York will require inbound travelers to show a negative COVID-19 test from three days or less before they arrive or be subject to a 14-day self quarantine.
With a negative test, they would still be expected to quarantine...
"Thirteen Australian women were taken to an ambulance on the tarmac and told to remove their underwear before being examined."
Qatar Airways Faces Protest Over Examination of Australian Women
October 27, 2020
Bloomberg – Qatar Airways faces an effective grounding of its planes in Sydney as workers consider striking over the treatment earlier this month of some female Australian passengers in Doha.
The union representing Sydney airport workers is considering refusing to service, clean or refuel Qatar Airways...
Don't bet on the U.S.-Canadian border reopening anytime soon |
Oct 15, 2020
USA TODAY – In an interview Wednesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his country is committed to keeping the border closed until the United States gets control of COVID-19.
"The U.S. is not in a place where we would feel comfortable reopening those borders," he told the hosts of "Smart Start," which airs on Canada's Global Television Network. “We will continue to make...
CDC suggests your family have a "virtual dinner" this Thanksgiving |
Fox News – Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday that people will have to make “their individual choice” when it comes to how to go about celebrating Thanksgiving and seeing family.
He told Yahoo News on Thursday during a live Q&A.
“I think we need to realize things might be different this year, particularly if you want to have people who are going to be flying in...
"Even with infected passengers aboard, the odds of catching COVID-19 are relatively small."
Aug 18, 2020
HealthDay – Just how safe is it to fly during the pandemic?
The story of one international flight in March – before the advent of mask and glove protocols – suggests that even with infected passengers aboard, the odds of catching COVID-19 are relatively small.
Reporting Aug. 18 in the journal JAMA Network Open, German researchers recount the health outcomes for 102...
North Carolina State Fair CANCELED |
Is Carolina Country Music Festival next?
July 28, 2020 |
Myrtle Beach, SC (WBTW) – City Council will meet this week to talk about the challenges around having the Carolina Country Music Festival.
The festival was originally set for June 4th, but due to health concerns surrounding the coronavirus outbreak it was postponed to September 17th.
City council will not vote on whether to reschedule or cancel the festival altogether.
An announcement on their decision...
"As a slew of recent scandals and scuffles has demonstrated that not even Nashville can maintain the status quo anymore."
"Country music can no longer hide its problems" – The Atlantic
| Opinion by Spence Kornhaber, July 15, 2020
The Atlantic – The No. 1 song on country radio at the moment is about the joy of tequila, Jimmy Buffett, and crowds.
“One Margarita,” by the 43-year-old Georgia-born superstar Luke Bryan, gives a detailed plan for losing one’s...
No racism cries as Mexicans block road from US over virus fears
July 5, 2020
Associated Press, MEXICO CITY — Residents of the town of Sonoyta, across from Lukeville, Arizona, briefly blocked the main road leading south from the U.S. border over the weekend over fears of coronavirus outbreaks.
Arizona has seen a major upsurge in infections and there were worries about intensified contagion during the July 4 weekend.
Sonoyta Mayor José Ramos Arzate issued a statement Saturday "inviting U.S....
A string of country shows — some flouting social distancing and masks — were held in recent days
June 30, 2020
Rolling Stone – Last Saturday (Juen 27), Chase Rice played a concert in Petros, Tennessee, for nearly 1,000 smiling fans.
You could tell they were smiling because virtually none of them were wearing masks.
Photos and videos of the gig showing concertgoers packed in tight by the stage — some of them shared by Rice himself...
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