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‘Looking for the staycation’: Worcester County relying on locals to supplement fall tourism with trips to pumpkin patches, breweries, restaurants

What lies beyond the pandemic? MassForward is MassLive’s series examining the journey of Massachusetts’ businesses through and beyond the coronavirus pandemic.

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Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March, Worcester’s largest venue, the DCU Center, has canceled 212 events through the end of the year.

More than 370,000 fewer people will congregate around the facility this year due to nearly every event being wiped out by the virus, according to Smith Travel Research.

The number likely climbs closer to about 700,000 when including all of the events across Central Massachusetts through the end of 2020.

Fewer events lead to fewer hotel bookings. Restaurants see their out-of-town visits decrease. The same is true for retail shops.

“The fall is usually a strong time [for tourism] because of the amount of conventions and meetings that take place,” Executive Director of Discover Central Massachusetts Monique Messier said. “The attendance that brings

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  • October 6, 2020
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hotels recovering, but bars, restaurants suffering

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Corpus Christi’s tourism industry is still hurting because of the pandemic, but it has started to recover. 

Hotel occupancy rates hit the single digits and averaged lower than 20% around Easter weekend in April. Now the rate is roughly 55%, said Brett Oetting, Corpus Christi Convention & Visitors Bureau’s CEO/ president. 

Oetting started in his position shortly after the pandemic took off in mid-March. 

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A National Park Ranger places a closed sign below the Padre Island National Seashore sign on Park Road 22 on Thursday, April 9, 2020. Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales ordered the vehicle access to parks and beaches closed over the Easter weekend. (Photo: Courtney Sacco/Caller-Times)

Since then, he has worked strenuously to keep the leisure industry afloat, while also keeping the threat of

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  • September 30, 2020
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Restaurants in South Walton see benefits from Phase 3 reopening

WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG) –

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
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Restaurants, C-Stores Prep For Omnichannel Future

Some convenience stores and restaurants have seen their revenues dented by 60 percent or more in recent months, Paytronix CEO Andrew Robbins told Karen Webster. But he said what’s really remarkable is how consistently hopeful, engaged and optimistic businesses are about what comes next.

“It was just amazing that the sentiment I am hearing is: ‘If this is the toughest thing the world can throw at us, we can beat it,’” Robbins said. “That, I think, is where they are all aligned — a positive feeling that the future’s going to be better, that they are winning, that they can innovate, and the innovations are working.”

And more than talking the innovation talk, Webster and Robbins agreed, entrepreneurs are walking the innovation walk — in an incredible variety of ways.

There’s the New York restaurateur who’s traded serving power lunches and dinners to

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  • September 29, 2020
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The best restaurants turned wine shops for take-away bottles for enjoy after the curfew

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It has been over two months since restaurants, pubs and bars were permitted to reopen to the public, but it appears the newest Government restriction is destined to set the hospitality back a step, with a 10pm curfew coming into place across England as of Thursday 24 September.

This comes as a particularly large blow to venues that rely on the late-night drinking trade, as well as restaurants that offer tables well into the evening. However, for those that offer take-away services of bottles, beers and cocktails, the curfew provides a new USP; diners can enjoy a meal out, and when the times comes to pack up and leave, they can purchase a bottle to take with them and carry the merriment on at home – safely within their social bubble of six, of course. 

Wine bar-turned-shops are nothing new to the restaurant scene; the

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  • September 22, 2020
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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
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Photos show how restaurants are reopening with social distancing regulations in the world’s densest cities

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An employee prepares the terrace of a coffee shop to reopen in Bogota on August 14, 2020.
  • Restaurants in cities across the world are reopening with new social distancing regulations in place.

  • We looked at how restaurants are bringing back business safely in the most packed cities.

  • 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.

19. Cairo, Egypt. Population density: 8,600 people per square kilometer

People travel on an overcrowded train in Cairo, Egypt, on July 9, 2020. 

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  • August 28, 2020
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COVID forced these restaurants to change completely. Here’s why locals are loving it

A sleek Japanese cocktail lounge with caviar fondue is now baking pizza.

An upscale Miami seafood raw bar has turned to delivering saucy veal parmigiana and homemade meatballs.

And the kosher Wywood bakery known for some of Miami’s best bread is staying open late for a falafel-and-beer street food pop up.

The coronavirus pandemic, which closed restaurant dining rooms on and off throughout the last three months, has forced some of Miami’s favorite chefs, cooks and bakers to completely rethink their restaurants. In trying to save their businesses, they have created new concepts in old spaces — and become instant hits all over again with Miami’s quarantined crowd.

“It was all out of necessity and creativity. We needed more business to keep our staff and pay our bills,” said Zak Stern, owner of Zak the Baker bakery in Wynwood.

Stern said his bakery’s revenue fell by as much as 70

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Am I allowed to visit, are hotels and restaurants open and what rules are in place?

Playa de Formentor, Mallorca, Spain: istock
Playa de Formentor, Mallorca, Spain: istock

As countries around the globe tentatively begin to relax restrictions on travel, the promise of tapas al fresco and long, lazy sun-filled days beside the sea come top of the travel wish-list for many tourists.

Spain has long topped the list as one of the UK’s favourite holiday destinations, with more than 18 million British tourists visiting in 2019 – a fifth of the country’s overall total of nearly 84 million visitors, according to figures from the National Institute of Statistics.

But can British holidaymakers get there? And will we be welcome?

Here’s all the information you need to know.

Am I allowed to travel to Spain from the UK?

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued a blanket warning against all non-essential international travel in March, but this has now been lifted for 67 destinations as of 4 July.

Spain was on this

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California closing all bars, indoor restaurants statewide

The novel coronavirus pandemic has now killed more than 570,000 people worldwide.

Over 12.9 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.

The United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 3.3 million diagnosed cases and at least 135,400 deaths.

California closing all bars, indoor restaurants statewide Arizona’s ICUs 90% full Hong Kong Disneyland to temporarily close

Here is how the news is developing today. All times Eastern.

As the pandemic intensifies in California, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday he is closing all bars and all indoor restaurants statewide.

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