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Travel bosses warn that cutting quarantine will not be enough to save the industry

The reduction of the quarantine period from 14 days to five will offer a timely boost for holidaymakers – but tour operators have warned they will not be able to offer trips to “high-risk” destinations unless the Foreign Office (FCDO) changes its travel advice. 

Currently, countries not on the travel corridor list – such as South Africa, Brazil and Mexico – are subject to an FCDO warning against “non-essential” travel, and tour operators, which have a duty of care to protect their customers, will not offer trips against FCDO advice.

Edward Paine, managing director of adventure specialists Last Frontiers, said: “I welcome any reduction in the length of quarantine, and using testing to do this safely makes perfect sense. It will definitely help Christmas and New Year bookings where time off can be a limiting factor. However, we still need the FCDO to remove its Covid-related advice against non-essential travel.

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  • November 23, 2020
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6 Online Classes for Kids That’ll Keep Them Entertained During Quarantine

Months into our not-so-new routine of staying at home, parents are still working overtime in between conference calls, virtual coffee meetings, and emailing just to entertain their kids. When screen time is off the table, fort building, meal prepping, and crafting are all easy ways to capture little ones’ attention. But sometimes online fun is necessary—especially when the adults have their own to-do lists.

Rather than park your tots in front of the TV, turn the day into a mini virtual field trip. These eight educational resources aren’t meant to feel like schoolwork, so your children will actually be eager to jump right in. From science experiments to yoga, bookmark these activities when you want to get their creativity flowing again. 

Make Art

On Saturdays, the Art Students League of New York’s Young Artists Class, taught by Marilyn J. Friedman, is meant to develop the eye, hand, and

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  • November 21, 2020
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What time is ‘Jersey Shore Family Vacation’ premiere tonight? New season filmed in quarantine bubble, sans Snooki.

Jerzday takes on the pandemic in the latest season of “Jersey Shore.”

Yes, the reality show that launched a million “cabs are heres” is still on TV, this time without Snooki.

Here are the details. You know, in case you weren’t planning to watch “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” reunion instead.

‘Jersey Shore Family Vacation’ season 4

Series mainstay Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi announced she was leaving MTV’s “Jersey Shore Family Vacation” in 2019, saying the show wasn’t fun anymore/too much drama and not worth spending time away from her three children.

The third season, she said, would be her last.

Jersey Shore Family Vacation

From left: Vinny Guadagnino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Paul “DJ Pauly D” DelVecchio, Lauren Sorrentino, Deena Nicole Buckner, what appears to be some kind of JWoww doll and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino in the new season of “Jersey Shore Family Vacation.”MTV

Polizzi, 32, who lives in Florham Park and owns the

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  • November 20, 2020
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New season of ‘Jersey Shore’ filmed in quarantine bubble, sans Snooki

Jerzday takes on the pandemic in the latest season of “Jersey Shore.”

Yes, the reality show that launched a million “cabs are heres” is still on TV, this time without Snooki.

Here are the details. You know, in case you weren’t planning to watch “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” reunion instead.

‘Jersey Shore Family Vacation’ season 4

Series mainstay Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi announced she was leaving MTV’s “Jersey Shore Family Vacation” in 2019, saying the show wasn’t fun anymore/too much drama and not worth spending time away from her three children.

The third season, she said, would be her last.

Jersey Shore Family Vacation

From left: Vinny Guadagnino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Paul “DJ Pauly D” DelVecchio, Lauren Sorrentino, Deena Nicole Buckner, what appears to be some kind of JWoww doll and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino in the new season of “Jersey Shore Family Vacation.”MTV

Polizzi, 32, who lives in Florham Park and owns the

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  • November 19, 2020
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Joe Salisbury finally able to practise ahead of ATP Finals after coronavirus quarantine

Joe Salisbury, Britain’s sole representative at the Nitto ATP Finals in London, has had his preparation severely disrupted by a coronavirus scare.

The doubles specialist, who will play at the O2 with American partner Rajeev Ram as one of the world’s top eight teams, was getting ready for the Paris Masters two weeks ago when his coach, Rob Morgan, tested positive.

Salisbury subsequently tested negative on three occasions but, although he was able to travel home after four days, Britain’s strict rules on close contacts meant he had to complete 14 days in isolation. That took him up until Friday, he practised for the first time at the O2 on Saturday and will contest his first match alongside Ram on Sunday evening against Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo.

Salisbury said: “It’s not ideal but I’m fortunate that it was yesterday and not in a few days’ time. If it had

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  • November 14, 2020
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Businesses urge Boris Johnson to cut quarantine to five days by Christmas to safeguard billions of pounds in passenger traffic and trade

Britain’s business leaders have written to Boris Johnson urging him to introduce five-day quarantine tests by the start of next month to open up travel in time for Christmas.

Ten leaders of organisations representing travel, tourism, small business, retail and hospitality have told the Prime Minister it is “vital” a testing regime is in place by the end of the second national lockdown, due on December 2.

They warned that without it the UK risked losing not only £121bn in exports to the US and passenger traffic but also our status as the third largest aviation market in the world.

Their appeal comes as the Government’s taskforce on testing, chaired by Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, and Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, is due to present its report to the Prime Minister this week.

The business leaders urged Mr Johnson to consider the minimum period of quarantine necessary for release

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  • November 10, 2020
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DC to require negative coronavirus test, eliminates quarantine for visitors

Out-of-state visitors to the District of Columbia will have to provide a negative COVID-19 test, but will no longer have to quarantine upon arrival, according to updated travel restrictions announced Thursday.

Mayor Muriel BowserMuriel BowserLaw enforcement braces for unrest after Election Day Pelosi at ceremony marking number of US coronavirus deaths: ‘It’s almost incomprehensible’ Trump changes election night plans, cancels party at Trump International: report MORE (D) said the city is changing its current requirement of a 14-day mandatory quarantine for travelers, which had been in place since July. Instead, they must test negative within 72 hours of traveling, and then obtain another test 3 to 5 days after arrival.

The city will continue to provide free tests at public testing sites for any visitors, workers or residents, Bowser said. 

Travelers from Maryland and Virginia are exempt from the new rules, and D.C. residents returning to their homes can

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  • November 5, 2020
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10 of the Best Quarantine Date Ideas for Safely Celebrating Special Occasions and Milestones

No one could have predicted how COVID-19 would transform life as we know it and impact each of us in so many far-reaching ways. But, that’s not to say there’s nothing worth celebrating anymore. And, when things like anniversaries, graduations, promotions, and birthdays come up with your romantic partner, it’s important to commemorate those wins with special dates—even in quarantine. Doing so safely in 2020, though, requires some serious creativity.

Whether you’re in a new partnership or a long-term relationship, “it’s a lot harder to date while staying safe, but not impossible,” says intimacy coach and sex educator Alex Williams of Sexology Bae. And it’s super important to commit to doing so. Below, Williams offers 10 of the best quarantine date ideas for couples to safely celebrate milestones amid this new normal.

10 of the best quarantine date ideas for safely celebrating milestones.

1. Dinner and a movie

If this

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  • November 3, 2020
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N.J. sticks with 14-day quarantine travel advisory for coronavirus hot spots despite N.Y.’s rule change

New Jersey doesn’t plan to scrap its travel advisory calling for a 14-day quarantine for those arriving from coronavirus hot spots despite the announcement over the weekend that New York was ending its list and instead will require visitors from non-neighboring states to take a COVID-19 test, Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday.

Both states, along with Connecticut, have maintained a joint travel advisory for states with high COVID-19 infection rates. But New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday it was dropping its list as coronavirus numbers continue to rise across the country.

New York is now requiring travelers from all non-neighboring states to test negative no more than three days before they enter. Those who arrive without proof of a negative test won’t be stopped from entering but will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

Even those who test negative will have to quarantine for three days after they

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  • November 3, 2020
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Welcome Home! Now Go Straight to Quarantine (or Not)

What’s it like traveling in the time of coronavirus? It depends where you’re going. Epidemic prevention and control measures for international arrivals vary greatly around the world, as New York Times journalists found while traveling in recent months. The severity of outbreaks is similarly varied, but stricter quarantine policies tend to correspond with lower case numbers.

NO ROOM FOR ERROR

Population: 7.5 million | Cases: About 5,300 | Deaths: 105

Hong Kong is not messing around. Since March, traveling there has meant accepting a 14-day quarantine, a tracking bracelet and a coronavirus test.

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  • October 28, 2020