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These Are the 26 Countries Open to American Tourists as State Dept. Amends ‘Do Not Travel’ Order

Martin Schwartz

Note: International travel restrictions and guidelines are changing regularly. The information below is accurate as of the time of publication (Wednesday, August 12). You should not travel if you are unwell.

After months of staying at home amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many Americans are craving a vacation.

And despite the continued rapid spread of the virus in the U.S. (over 5.1 million Americans have contracted it and nearly 165,000 have died), some countries around the world are slowly beginning to reopen to American tourists. 

On July 20, PEOPLE reported that 11 countries were — or would soon be — welcoming U.S. travelers. That number is now 26, as seen on the map above. 

As of August 12, the following countries are open to Americans, with varying health and safety restrictions in place: Antigua, Aruba, Barbados, Barbuda, Belize, Bermuda, Cambodia, Croatia, Dominican Republic, Egypt, French Polynesia, Jamaica, Maldives,

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  • August 12, 2020
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Southport 16-Year-Old Was ‘A Shining Light’

Via Spear Miller Funeral Home:

Jake Panus, of Southport, passed away at the tender age of 16 on Sunday in an automobile accident in Rhode Island on Block Island. Jake joyfully arrived on this planet in the early morning hours of May 13, 2004, in New Orleans, Louisiana, with a full of head of hair that quickly spiraled into beautiful golden curls. People often commented that he resembled an angel. His infectious and perpetual smile, charismatic personality, supreme confidence, selfless sense of compassion and kindness, and true and unique authenticity emerged early in his formative years. He was both an old soul and, equally, an über-social being, whose quest to be among and surrounded by many was endless. He was the life of any gathering, whether in the classroom, on the athletic field or at the beach. Jake simply made anywhere he was better, brighter, more fun, and happier.

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  • August 12, 2020
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The Best Repair Stands for Every Type of Bike and Maintenance

Photo credit: Staff
Photo credit: Staff

From Bicycling

Even though bike shops have been deemed an essential business during the pandemic, that doesn’t necessarily mean your local shop is open or that the line to get your bike serviced isn’t weeks long. Besides the bonus of staying safe at home, repairing your own bike has other advantages. You save time (no trips back and forth to the local shop), keep money in your pocket (unless, of course, you can’t resist getting your hands on one of these best bikes of 2020), and get to learn the inner workings of your bicycle. For the most efficient home-repair experience, a good work stand is a must. It secures your bike at the right height and angle, leaving your hands free to tinker with its components.

Read quick write-ups below of five top performers, then scroll for more in-depth reviews of these and other great options,

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  • August 12, 2020
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Pay promises, threats of jail. How Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line made crew work without wages

As crew members started to make it safely off of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s Grand Celebration ship in mid-April, stories about life on board surfaced on social media.

Facebook and Instagram comments described how the company stopped paying working crew on board after it canceled passenger cruises on March 14 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

On April 18, below an Instagram image of the company’s ship with a sunset in the background, came this plea for help: “Through this message we want to ask for help on behalf of 8 Salvadorans stranded on the Grand Celebration cruise…We want to let you know and make it public that we are being forced to work without any remuneration, we have to buy our personal supplies…Help us.”

The retaliation was swift, according to crew reports. Supervisors interrogated the Salvadorans on board about who had posted the message, according to two crew members on board

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  • August 12, 2020
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Milan fashion returning to runway in September

MILAN (AP) — Giorgio Armani, Fendi, Prada and Versace are all returning to the runway in September, according to the Milan Fashion Week calendar published Wednesday.

After the coronavirus pushed many fashion houses to make online-only presentations in July, more than half of participating Milan fashion houses are making plans to present in-person previews for Spring-Summer 2021.

Due to ongoing virus precautions, including social distancing and mask requirements, as well as some travel restrictions, fashion houses have indicated that seating will be more limited than usual at next month’s shows.

Italy was the first country outside of Asia to report locally transmitted coronavirus cases, which appeared during the February runway shows in the Lombardy region that includes Milan. Closing the week that saw the fashion crowd packed as usual into to tight venues, Giorgio Armani took his collection online, with models parading the collection in an empty theater as the

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  • August 12, 2020
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1,200 Alabama students home after positive test

MOULTON, Ala. — More than 1,200 students at two Alabama schools will begin the year at home after a person connected with both schools tested positive for COVID-19.

While 12 other Lawrence County schools planned to begin traditional classes Wednesday, Superintendent Jon Bret Smith told the Decatur Daily that students from the elementary and middle schools in Moulton, located in north Alabama, would start the academic year taking classes online.

Education officials learned Monday that a person linked to both schools had tested positive for the disease caused by the coronavirus. State health officials recommended delaying the reopening by two weeks. Combined, the schools have more than 105 workers.

School officials notified 10 people who were in contact with the person. Computers are being distributed for online classes.

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  • August 12, 2020
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After COVID-19 delay, IHG’s Hotel Indigo Tallahassee debuts in time for FSU football season

Hotel Indigo Tallahassee – CollegeTown debuts with its take on the area’s railway past and underground caves. 

The seven-story, 143-room boutique hotel operated by InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has about 5,650 hotels through its brands Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza, Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites, among others. 

Tallahassee’s Hotel Indigo was initially slated to open in May. However, the COVID-19 pandemic and its global impact on the hospitality industry pushed back the date to August.

“That allowed us to make sure we really had all the right protocols in place, and we didn’t have any retraining. All of our staff was brought on with the current protocols and procedures in place for COVID.”

The hotel is utilizing social distancing and mandatory masks inside the hotel. In addition, rooms are not serviced daily, but Xenophon said guests can request items, such as towels, as needed.

“We can get guests

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  • August 12, 2020
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6 Ways Going on Autopilot and Mental Illness are Connected

Woman wearing glasses standing in front of fuchsia flowers
Woman wearing glasses standing in front of fuchsia flowers

I’ve been on autopilot for almost six months. Let’s talk about that.

Wake-up, take meds, go to bathroom, brush teeth, sit on couch and watch TV — repeat x1000.

It happens to the best of us, regardless of any sort of condition. I suspect though that for those of us diagnosed with a mental illness, as I am, this is a common struggle.

This isn’t my first time here, but it might be my longest. I can definitively blame COVID-19 for some of it. The new societal norms of COVID likely triggered it for me, but as someone diagnosed with major depressive disorder and who has symptoms of anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), I pretty well place the blame on their shoulders for keeping it up for so long.

I haven’t written anything since March, and I love writing. I

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  • August 12, 2020
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‘The Tiny Chef Show’ Gets Series Greenlight At Nickelodeon

The Tiny Chef is heading to Nickelodeon. The network has given a series order to The Tiny Chef Show (working title), from Imagine Kids+Family, Tiny Chef Productions and Nickelodeon Animation Studio.

The Tiny Chef Show will follow the talented chef as he whips up tasty ‘weshipees’ and the world’s tiniest plant-based dishes from his tree-stump home. The series will premiere on Nick’s preschool platforms in the U.S., as well as Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. channels internationally.

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Imagine Entertainment Executive Chairmen Brian Grazer and Ron Howard will executive produce the series with Imagine Kids+Family President Stephanie Sperber, as well as Kristen Bell, Morgan Sackett, and Tiny Chef creators Rachel Larsen, Adam Reid and cinematographer Ozlem Akturk for Tiny Chef Productions. The series is a co-production of Imagine Kids+Family, Tiny Chef Productions and Nickelodeon Animation Studio.

The Tiny Chef Show
has developed a cult following through its short-form stop-motion

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  • August 12, 2020
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The 10 Best Irons for Wrinkle-Free Clothes, According to Thousands of Reviews

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We all know how frustrating it is to pick out an outfit, get dressed, and realize your clothes are wrinkled. That’s why investing in an iron is the easiest way to make sure that your clothes are always crisp. While handheld steamers can work in a pinch, steam irons (which require an ironing board) are typically more powerful and versatile. Plus, many irons also work as a vertical steamer, too. 

Since there are so many different types of irons available to buy online, it can be hard to tell the difference between them all. To help make it easier, we scoured thousands of reviews on Amazon to find the irons that are actually worth buying. These are the best irons to buy 2020, according to customer reviews:

When shopping for clothing irons, there are a few features to look for that can make the ironing experience much easier. Some

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  • August 12, 2020