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Just How Safe Is It To Fly During The Pandemic?

"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...

$20M Carolina Country Music Festival Canceled?

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...

Country Music CANCELED?

"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...

US Tourists “Invited Not To Visit Mexico” Over Virus Fears

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....

“WHY Is Country Music Having Concerts?” – Rolling Stone

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...

Why Can’t Airlines Agree On A Single Set Of COVID-19 Rules?

“I don’t want to die and I want the airline to stop putting people at risk.” Airlines want us to feel safe, but a mashup of COVID rules leads to chaos and confusion Victoria Knight June 25, 2020 Kaiser Health News – Tony Scott boarded an American Airlines flight May 25 from Los Angeles to Dallas. It was a trip he felt he had to take despite concerns about the coronavirus. His son, who lives in Texas, was...

George Floyd’s Death Has Changed Country Music

"I love country music... It's healing music. " Country music reckons with race and its future Jun 26, 2020 | By KRISTIN M. HALL, AP Entertainment Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When country singer Rissi Palmer was working on her debut album, she wanted a song like Gretchen Wilson's "Redneck Woman," a song that would introduce her and tell her story to fans. On her 2007 debut single, "Country Girl," she celebrated her country roots while explaining that she...

New Baseball Rules (Try Not To Laugh)

"Foul balls hit into the seating bowl will be cleaned by staff with disinfectant wipes" Take me out to the ballgame ... or not  High fives, t-shirt tosses, and cash purchases are all out of the question as America's pastime returns June 25, 2020 Headline Health – Baseball is returning and the new rules may take some getting used to by players, fans, and stadium staff alike. Amateur baseball at historic Holman Stadium in Nashua, New Hampshire – once...

AMC Theaters Flip-Flops On Mask Rules

"We thought it might be counterproductive if we forced mask-wearing on those people who believe strongly that it is not necessary." AMC theater chain backpedals, will require face masks after all June 19, 2020 This week, AMC theaters announced plans for reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic — and one aspect immediately raised concerns. The company's "AMC Safe & Clean" plan outlines enhanced cleaning protocols and details for social distancing, but a certain preventative measure was missing from the...

Country Music Fest Files 1st Amendment Suit Against State Health Dept.

Jun 16, 2020 The Bellwether Music Festival (and its producer ESK Presents), Country Fest music festival and Mark W. Miller — an "Ohio citizen" and potential concertgoer — have sued Dr. Amy Acton in her former capacity as the director of the Ohio Department of Health, along with the Warren County Health District and Stark County Combined General Health for violating both their First and Fourteenth Amendment rights. The lawsuit was filed June 11, before Dr....

Europe Travel Ban Racist? Asians, Americans Not Allowed

BERLIN (AP) — Europe is taking a big step toward a new normality as many countries open borders to fellow Europeans after three months of coronavirus lockdowns — but even though Europeans love their summer vacations, it's not clear how many are ready to travel again. Tourists from the U.S., Asia, Latin American and the Mideast will just have to wait, for now. The European Union home affairs commissioner, Ylva Johansson, told member nations last week...

Start Your Engines, Auto Racing Reopens in NH

June 12, 2020 | Union Leader – After a Friday morning hearing in Superior Court, the State of New Hampshire and the Riverside Speedway in Groveton reached an agreement for the track to open to the public for racing on Saturday. On June 4, the track sued Gov. Chris Sununu, alleging that his emergency order banning gatherings of 10 or more to limit the spread of the coronavirus violated the state constitution and could put the...

Bars Reopen For First Time In Months

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Bar owners in New Orleans prepared for a soft opening, and an uncertain one, as they prepared to let customers in Saturday for the first time in months. Capacity is limited to 25 percent, live music remains prohibited, and nobody knows how many tourists will show on Bourbon Street in the age of COVID-19. Pam Fortner, owner of six French Quarter venues, is opening only two of them, both on Bourbon,...

Dueling Guvs Wage Tug-Of-War At Carolina Border

‘It is early to predict whether that can occur…’ (Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) Carowinds amusement park offers the perfect combination of fun and safety for people eager to venture outside after months of Wuhan virus-related home confinement. But North Carolina’s Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper is dragging his feet. Since 1973, part of the Carowinds charm has been that the park straddles the North­ Carolina–South Carolina state line. In anticipation of summer, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, a Republican, announced two weeks ago that all...

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