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What England’s Covid lockdown rules mean for you

In a separate letter to vice-chancellors, the minister said she wanted all students to have “some form of face-to-face learning” where possible, as they had not seen evidence of increased transmission within teaching environments on university campuses.

The University and College Union (UCU) called on vice-chancellors to move all non-essential activities online to keep students and staff safe and to minimise the spread of Covid-19.

The Department for Education (DfE) also offered guidance on what universities and students in England should do under the current restrictions, saying face-to-face teaching should continue where it can be done safely.

The guidance said “commuter students” – those who live at their family home and travel to the university campus for lessons – would still be allowed to attend the university for educational purposes during this lockdown.

It also advised that face coverings should be worn in all university learning environments, providing that they

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  • November 21, 2020
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Winter motor vehicle rules on White River National forest begin Monday

Snowmobilers ride at Vail Pass in February 2020.
Photo by Liz Copan / Summit Daily archives

The White River National Forest’s winter motor vehicle use season begins Monday, Nov. 23.

Per U.S. Forest Service rules, all wheeled vehicles — including bikes — are limited to plowed routes or designated routes open through special order.

Winter motor vehicle use maps identify routes and areas designated for “over the snow” motor vehicle travel, such as snowmobiles. The maps are free and available at all ranger districts or online.

The Vail Pass Winter Recreation Area will not begin fee collections until grooming starts Saturday, Nov. 28. Day passes are $10 and season passes are $65.

For more information about winter travel in the White River National Forest, visit FS.USDA.gov/whiteriver.

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  • November 20, 2020
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B.C. urges Canada-wide travel rules, Ontario to unveil new measures for hot spots

For more on today’s top stories and the spread of the novel coronavirus across the country, please refer to our live updates below throughout the day, as well as our COVID-19 news hub.

B.C. premier wants Canada-wide travel rules

British Columbia Premier John Horgan is calling on the federal government to work on a pan-Canadian approach to travel.

“We need to make sure that those who want to come to British Columbia must only do so if it is essential for their business or their well-being,” Horgan said at a press conference on Wednesday. “Beyond that, we need to stay in our tight social circles.”

“I’m not requesting the federal government to impose anything on any other jurisdiction in Canada. I’m asking the federal government to work with us and other provinces to get the message out that if you do not have to travel between jurisdiction, you shouldn’t

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  • November 19, 2020
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California woman broke Hawaii COVID-19 rules, police say

A California woman allegedly broke Hawaii’s COVID-19 quarantine rules and was arrested, Maui police said.

Colleen Proppe, 52, arrived at the Honolulu International Airport from Dallas/Forth Worth International Airport on Nov. 7, the Maui Police Department said in a Monday news release.

All visitors in Hawaii are required to self-quarantine for 14 days after their arrival or present a “pre-travel testing option” that has proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

“She stayed in Honolulu for one night, then arrived at the Kahului Airport on Nov. 8, 2020,” police said. “Upon arrival to Maui, Proppe did not have an exemption and was required to complete a 14-day quarantine.”

Proppe allegedly didn’t check into “her listed quarantine lodging location,” and posted photos of herself around Maui to social media.

She was arrested and charged with bail set at $6,000, police said. On Monday, she was still in police custody.

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  • November 18, 2020
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Nintendo Doesn’t Follow Traditional Video Game Rules, Does It Matter?

As we quickly approach the next generation of video game consoles we are all anticipating what PlayStation and Xbox have in store for us, but one player in the video game market that has been going a little unmentioned in all of this is Nintendo.

As support for the Nintendo Switch only strengthens. there is no reason to believe that they will be releasing a new console anytime soon. At least not one that isn’t just an enhanced version of the current Switch. This in itself is fine, but it’s odd to see Nintendo actively take a step away from the console wars and focus on doing their own thing and strengthening their current fan base. It’s a move that most video game companies wouldn’t make. But then again, Nintendo doing the unusual feels pretty standard at this point.

Rarely has a video game company bucked tradition the way Nintendo

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  • November 2, 2020
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Vegas headliner Piff the Magic Dragon copes with COVID rules

In his new Flamingo Showroom production, Piff the Magic Dragon works with one real dog, one puppet dog and several metaphorical elephants.

This is because of pandemic protocols, naturally.

“There are lots of elephants in the room. In fact, we just put up a yellow fence onstage to make sure we are 25 feet away from the audience,” Piff said Saturday in a postmortem chat from his opening shows at Flamingo, where he returned Thursday night with a show titled “Too Soon?”

“We have the distance to deal with, the masks (everyone onstage wears one, except for the dog), the reduced capacity of a couple hundred in a thousand-seat room. A lot of elephants.”

The room seats 720, at full capacity. But point taken.

To account for wasted space, Piff has rolled out artificial turf in place of table seating in front of the stage, with a sign reading “Keep

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  • November 2, 2020
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Almost here: Resorts plan for ski season with new rules because of COVID-19

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  • October 30, 2020
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Confusion about rules on mask wearing is widespread across counties for residents and tourists

Better communication is needed to inform tourists and residents that wearing masks is “mandatory,” said Gov. David Ige, who on Monday encouraged “everyone (to) continually remind people that masks are required in Hawaii.”

“I think we’ve all heard the science that it makes a significant difference,” Ige told members of the House Select Committee on COVID-19 Economic and
Financial Preparedness. “That’s one way for us to ensure that we won’t have to implement more stringent restrictions if we can all take personal responsibility. … And we want to make sure that our visitors understand that it’s their personal responsibility to do the same.”

Since the state this month reopened trans-Pacific travel to tourists who test negative for the novel coronavirus before boarding an inbound flight, Ige said, his administration has worked with airlines and tourism travel partners “just to promote the notion and of the requirements here that masks are

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  • October 27, 2020
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Supreme Court rules Wisconsin mail-in ballots must be received by Nov. 3

MADISON – The Supreme Court upheld Wisconsin’s voting laws Monday, rejecting an effort to require the counting of absentee ballots that are sent back to election officials on or just before Election Day.   

The court’s 5-3 ruling means that absentee ballots will be counted only if they are in the hands of municipal clerks by the time polls close on Nov. 3. 

The justices determined the courts shouldn’t be the ones to decide the election rules amid the coronavirus pandemic that is surging in Wisconsin and across the world. 

“The Constitution provides that state legislatures — not federal judges, not state judges, not state governors, not other state officials — bear primary responsibility for setting election rules,” Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote in a concurring opinion. 

In dissent, Associate Justice Elena Kagan gave that notion short shrift, noting Wisconsin’s Republican-run legislature hasn’t met since April. Extending the deadline for absentee

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  • October 27, 2020