Joshua Tree National Park in California saw a 20% increase in visitation in November 2020 and expects an “extremely busy” spring, the National Park Service said. Jae C. Hong AP Tourists are flocking to Joshua Tree National Park during the coronavirus pandemic — and rangers expect it to get even […]

Here’s one more thing the coronavirus pandemic has ruined for at least some people: betting on the Super Bowl. The American Gaming Association, the gambling industry’s national trade group, predicted in a report Tuesday that the number of people planning to bet on the big game will decrease this year. That’s […]

Here’s one more thing the coronavirus pandemic has ruined for at least some people: betting on the Super Bowl By WAYNE PARRY Associated Press February 2, 2021, 12:12 PM • 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Here’s one more thing the coronavirus […]

Tourists look at the skyline at sunset, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. Since becoming one of the world’s first destinations to open up for tourism, Dubai has promoted itself as the ideal pandemic vacation spot. With peak tourism season in full swing, coronavirus infections are surging […]

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The long period of record-low rates on home loans could soon be over. Long-term bond yields, which can influence interest rates on mortgages and other consumer loans, are climbing this month amid expectations of higher U.S. government spending on pandemic relief and an economy recovery as […]

BOGOTÁ, Colombia—A four-day lockdown began Friday amid a surge in Covid-19 cases that the mayor of this capital city attributed to the new virus strain from the U.K., though national health authorities denied the contagious variant was in the country. Mayor Claudia López ordered all nonessential businesses shut until Tuesday. […]

BOGOTÁ, Colombia—A four-day lockdown began Friday amid a surge in Covid-19 cases that the mayor of this capital city attributed to the new virus strain from the U.K., though national health authorities denied the contagious variant was in the country. Mayor Claudia López ordered all nonessential businesses shut until Tuesday. […]

Photograph: Angel Colmenares/EPA While the crystal-encrusted New Year’s Eve ball will drop in Times Square at midnight on 31 December, its descent will diverge from tradition: this sparkling, 12-foot sphere will be greeted by empty streets due to Covid-19, and not hundreds of thousands of revelers. New York City authorities […]

For their swearing-in session on Monday, Assembly leaders moved their house from the state Capitol to the Golden 1 Center to make sure lawmakers were appropriately spaced. COVID-19 safety concerns meant that families and guests were excluded from the event. Just hours later, however, five California state Assembly members dined […]

New York City will reopen elementary schools on December 7 and offer in-person classes for special-needs students of all ages despite a recent surge in coronavirus cases, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Sunday. © Kena Betancur Parents of New York students are seen protesting in that city on November 20, […]

Millions of Americans took to the skies and the roads ahead of Thanksgiving at the risk of pouring petrol on the coronavirus fire, disregarding increasingly dire warnings that they stay home and limit their holiday gatherings to members of their own household. © John Minchillo Travellrs arrive at Terminal C […]

Monday’s positive news of the success of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine trial has given a boost to the struggling travel industry, with tour companies and online travel agents reporting an immediate surge in enquiries and bookings for next year. Flight and accommodation website Skyscanner reported an “immediate spike” in online traffic, […]

There’s a glimmer of positivity amid Australia’s beleaguered arts industries: with Covid-19 restrictions limiting our ability to attend live shows or go to cinemas, book sales across the country have surged – with many readers returning to familiar authors, and the escapist comforts of fiction. According to Nielsen Book Australia, […]