Month: July 2020

Social distancing, travel restrictions part of steep financial troubles during COVID-19

LAS VEGAS  – A sustained shutdown of MGM Resorts properties in the wake of COVID-19 contributed to a second quarter operating loss of $1 billion, reports the Reno Gazette Journal, which is part of the USA TODAY Network.

That’s a steep drop from the $371 million in operating income recorded in the second quarter of 2019. Those figures refer to income or losses calculated after operating expenses such as payroll and equipment are subtracted.

“As we look ahead, we believe the long term fundamentals of our business and the broader industry remain intact,” said Bill Hornbuckle, who was named

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What is the latest Foreign Office travel advice?

Simon Calder
Simon Calder

One of the key determinants of whether Brits can travel abroad this summer following the global coronavirus pandemic is the Foreign Office travel advice.

The FCO keeps individual country pages on its website regularly updated, with all the latest information and warnings about potential risks, such as political unrest, natural disasters and terror attacks.

If the FCO advises against “all but essential travel” to a country, it invalidates travellers’ insurance, and visiting there is at your own risk.

Here’s everything you need to know about the current advice.

What is the latest Foreign Office advice?

The FCO has

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Morocco bans travel to and from major cities after Covid-19 spike

Morocco has banned all travel to and from some of its major cities to try to stem a small spike in coronavirus cases, even though the North African country has remained less impacted than its European neighbours to the north.

As of Monday morning, a joint statement from the Moroccan health and interior ministries quoted by MAP state news agency said that there is a “ban” on travel affecting the cities of Tangier, Tetouan, Fez, Meknes, Casablanca, Berrechid, Settat and the popular tourist destination of Marrakesh.

The statement adds that exceptions to this include “people with urgent medical needs” and

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Catalonia extends coronavirus restrictions as second wave looms

Catalonia has ordered the closure of nightclubs across the region amid fears of a second wave in Spain. 

Fresh restrictions are imposed for at least 15 days, with late-night bars shut and opening hours reduced for gambling halls, casinos and bingo halls.

Areas with the highest number of Covid-19 infections in recent days will also see opening hours cut for restaurants, bars and terraces. 

Spain recorded 2,255 new cases of the virus on Friday compared to a daily average of just 132 in June. 

However, British holidaymakers can continue to fly to Spain’s worst affected regions, including Catalonia, Aragon and

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