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Disneyland Resort Reopening Date Pushed Back To 2021

ANAHEIM, CA — With coronavirus on the rise across the southland, large scale theme parks continue to scale back hopes of reopening any time soon. A recent report from Disneyland Chief Financial Officer Christine McCarthy disclosed Disneyland Resort and Disney California Adventure will remain closed until the end of this fiscal year due to challenging state guidelines.

Shut down since mid-March, Disneyland Resort has made efforts to connect with its public. The Downtown Disney shopping district reopened to visitors over the summer. The resort announced an expansion into Buena Vista Street inside Disney California Adventure in mid-November. This will allow more space and room for fans to shop, dine outside, and enjoy a hint of the Disney spirit they know and love. Still, no rides, limited venues, and guests will find Disney California Adventure much changed for the time being.

“We currently anticipate Disneyland Resort will remain closed at least

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  • November 14, 2020

Potential Covid-19 Vaccine Lifts Uber, Expedia, Yelp, and Other Tech Reopening Plays

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A rally on upbeat coronavirus-vaccine data has touched off a rally in many sectors, including tech plays for an economic recovery.

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While tech shares are lagging in Monday’s vaccine-driven rally, some tech laggards are showing dramatic gains on the prospect for a return to a more-normal economic environment.

The upbeat news from


(ticker: PFE) on a potential Covid-19 vaccine has investors cruising for re-opening plays, snapping up shares of hotel chains, airlines, and cruise-ship operators. And the search has lifted some tech-sector plays.

  • Ride-sharing: Both


    (LYFT) and

    Uber Technologies

    (UBER) are obvious bets on a return to business normalcy. Less than a week after winning a big electoral victory in California with the passage of Proposition 22, which allows the company’s to continue to classify workers as contractors, the prospect of a vaccine offers an event bigger potential boost to their prospects. Lyft
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  • November 9, 2020

Jungle Island in Miami reopening as zipline adventure park


In addition to two zip lines, guests can try their skills on rope ladders and obstacle courses.

Jungle Island is back — with a whole new adventurous aerial twist.

The Miami attraction, formerly Parrot Jungle, is finally relaunching in November as an eco-adventure park. Yes. We’ve come a long way from the parrots.

The new Aerial Game Trek features four rope courses, more than 100 obstacles and two zip lines. There’s nothing like social distancing among the trees. Don’t worry. Before you start swinging, you’ll get a tutorial from a guide, and you’ll be linked to a safety line. Helmets are also required.

Once you’re fastened in, you proceed at your own pace, climbing from one tree to the next via wooden platforms and encountering Tarzan swings, swinging logs, suspended bridges, cable crossings and zip lines.

“We are excited to bring our guests closer to nature,” Curtis Crider, Jungle Island’s

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  • October 27, 2020

Hawaii is reopening to tourists. This Maui inn is fighting to survive the coronavirus recession.

Now the inn is at a crossroads, thanks to the coronavirus crisis. While some parts of the U.S. economy are recovering faster than expected, the travel and tourism industries are falling further behind. Some hotels, restaurants and destinations that depend on tourism won’t survive, economists warn. And the future could go either way for the Old Wailuku Inn, beloved by globe-trotting travelers for the kind of intimate experiences that could be hard to come by in a socially distanced world.

“The sooner [tourists] come back, the better,” said Tom Fairbanks, 72. “Hopefully we’ll have enough money to cover all of our expenses. That would be wonderful. Everything else is just gravy. We’re hoping people will be traveling by Christmas, but I don’t know if they will or not. We have no idea.”

The bed-and-breakfast has four longtime employees, including Maria Guadalupe Duarte, who has worked there for more than 20

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  • October 15, 2020

Kokua Line: Hawaii Department of Health lists more options for pre-travel COVID-19 tests ahead of Oct. 15 reopening

Question: Could you please provide details about the pre-travel testing now that the state has added more providers? All I could see on TV was the sign with the names. I need to know where to make an appointment.

Answer: As your question indicates, the state of Hawaii on Wednesday announced more “trusted testing partners” for its pre-travel COVID-19 testing program. Starting Thursday, passengers from the rest of the United States may avoid Hawaii’s 14-day quarantine if they enter the state with an approved, negative COVID-19 test. (Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim has said he will opt out of this program, which means that passengers flying from the mainland to the Big Island would still have to quarantine, even if properly tested ahead of time.)

Here’s the latest information from Hawaii’s Department of Health, about trusted testing partners. Providers are in alphabetical order, along with links that

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  • October 9, 2020

Public buildings start patchwork reopening



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Many government offices in the Des Moines metro remain closed seven months into spread of the coronavirus in Iowa, but some cities are finding creative ways to continue offering services to residents.

Some have formed curbside library checkouts. Others are offering in-person appointments for those who need help — as long as people get a temperature screening and wear a mask.

But mask requirements differ between cities. Some cities such as West Des Moines strongly encourage face coverings but don’t require them in city buildings. Other cities including Des Moines have mandated face coverings in their buildings, even though the public can’t access those offices quite yet. 

Here’s how some cities and counties are managing their buildings and services:

Des Moines

Administrative buildings in the capital city — including City Hall, the Municipal Service Center and public works buildings — will

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  • October 7, 2020

Restaurants in South Walton see benefits from Phase 3 reopening


After months of operating well under capacity, restaurants and bars are allowed to fully reopen in Florida.

For businesses in South Walton, the pandemic hit hard.

“At 50 percent, you’re not doing what you’re supposed to be doing when you’re at 100 percent, and of course it happened right before spring break and everything went down from there and it just hurt. It hurt a lot of us in this business,” said Ken Duenas, executive chef at Pescado.

Now that they can fully reopen, those in the restaurant business said they are hoping to make up at least some of their losses, even outside the peak tourism months.

“I think we’re going to actually not go down that much because a lot of counties and states are still doing online schools, so a lot of people are taking their kids, still going on vacation, still

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  • September 30, 2020

Disneyland presses for reopening, proposes COVID-19 safety measures


Goldman Sachs: These 3 Stocks Are Poised to Surge by at Least 50%

Is it time for the bears to break out the champagne glasses? Not so fast, says Goldman Sachs. Volatility has ruled the Street for the last few weeks, leading some to conclude that those with a more pessimistic outlook had been vindicated, but the firm believes stocks can still climb higher.According to Goldman Sachs’ head of U.S. equity strategy, David Kostin, the S&P 500 could still hit 3,600 by the end of the year, and 3,800 by mid-2021, on the back of vaccine-related optimism and progress with the economic reopening. This would reflect gains of 10% and 16%, respectively, should the index ultimately reach these targets.“Despite the sharp sell-off in the past week, we remain optimistic about the path of the U.S. equity market in coming months. The Superforecaster probability of a mass-distributed vaccine by Q1

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  • September 22, 2020

Montclair Schools Acing Tremendous Task Of Reopening: Official

MONTCLAIR, NJ — Reopening Montclair’s public schools amid the coronavirus crisis hasn’t been an easy task. In fact, it’s been “tremendous.” But according to Superintendent Jonathan Ponds, the district’s teachers and staff members have been acing the test so far.

Last week, Montclair kicked off one of the most unique and challenging school years in its history, going all-remote due to the COVID-19 crisis. Instead of lining up to enter classrooms, students found themselves logging on to computers at home.

Ponds reported that the historic effort is going well so far.

“Yesterday we virtually greeted nearly 6,500 students on opening day for the new school year,” he wrote Friday. “It may have looked different than years past, but it didn’t take away from the smiles and eagerness of the children who were ready to ‘meet’ their teachers and classmates.

Students and teachers “genuinely seemed happy” on their first day of

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  • September 14, 2020

NYC is reopening indoor dining rooms at 25% capacity. Here’s how restaurants in the world’s densest cities have reopened with coronavirus-era social distancing.

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An employee prepares the terrace of a coffee shop to reopen in Bogota on August 14, 2020.
  • New York restaurants will be allowed to reopen for indoor dining at 25% capacity on September 30.

  • We looked at how restaurants have brought back business safely in the world’s densest cities so far.

  • To inform this list, Business Insider referred to Our World in Data, a 2014 project about population density by Global Change Data Lab using information from the United Nations.

  • The population density of a city comes from the number of people per square kilometer.

  • Here’s how the experience of dining out has changed in the 19 densest cities in the world, with robots and reduced capacity. 

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Restaurants in cities across the world closed in March 2020 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Many have since reopened

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  • September 11, 2020