Month: July 2020

Connecticut shoreline emerges as desired travel destination as coronavirus upends summer vacation plans

As airlines cancel summer flights to Europe and travelers decide against jaunts to states where COVID-19 cases are spiking, visitors appear to be choosing the Connecticut shoreline as an alternate destination for vacations and day trips.

Local tourism officials, restaurant owners and hotel operators in the area are reporting a more successful summer than originally predicted, considering the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic.

“There’s definitely, I would say, more people in town than I would’ve anticipated, given everything that’s going on in the world,” said Dan Meiser, the owner of the Oyster Club, Engine Room and Grass & Bone restaurants

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Rome and Barcelona at risk of second lockdowns

barcelona - afp
barcelona – afp

Since lockdown has gradually eased all over the world, localised spikes have followed, and the threat of new restrictions loom. 

Spain’s coronavirus rates have tripled in the three weeks since lockdown was eased. As a result of outbreaks in Catalonia, up to 96,000 residents of three Catalan towns have been advised to stay at home and residents in Barcelona were advised on Friday to leave their home only for essential trips. This advice was widely ignored, and over the weekend 4,581 new cases were recorded in Spain, bringing the total to 264,836.

Ana Rodríguez, a Catalan

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British holidaymakers offered reassurance over cancelled trips

beach in spain - Getty
beach in spain – Getty

Britons who are issued refund credit notes for cancelled package holidays will get their money back even if a travel firm collapses, transport secretary Grant Shapps confirmed today. 

The Government will underwrite credit notes for customers whose trips are, or have been, disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. 

The protection will be backdated to March 10 and will extend to September 30. Travellers will be able to cash in or use their refunds up until September 30, 2021. 

British holidaymakers are owed as much as £4.6 billion as a result of coronavirus cancellations, down from

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All the countries UK holidaymakers can visit this summer

Alcudia beach, Majorca: istock
Alcudia beach, Majorca: istock

The government has announced a list of countries and territories where Britons will be able to go on holiday this summer without quarantining.

From 10 July, those travelling from 59 approved destinations into England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 57 countries into Scotland are exempt from the mandatory 14-day self-isolation period imposed on all inbound arrivals. (The lists are currently identical barring two omissions from the Scottish one: Spain and Serbia).

Alongside this, the Foreign Office (FCO) has published a separate list of destinations where it has now lifted its blanket advice against all non-essential international

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