Day: February 2, 2021

Proposal Eyes New Rules For Vaccinated Travelers As Soon As Next Month

On the assumption that the COVID-19 vaccine will continue to be administered to the population’s most vulnerable, and that it will become more widely-available in the months to come, Hawaii’s Lieutenant Governor Josh Green released a memo this week that is bringing hope to many within the state’s tourism industry.

“As the State of Hawaii accelerates its COVID-19 vaccination distribution, it would be prudent to consider updates to the Safe Travels Hawaii pre-travel testing program and county restrictions on gatherings and business operations,

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The TSA will now require travelers to wear face masks in airports and on planes

a group of people sitting at a table: A TSA agent wears a face mask. Paul Hennessy / Echoes Paul Hennessy / Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

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A TSA agent wears a face mask. Paul Hennessy / Echoes Paul Hennessy / Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Starting Tuesday, the Transportation Security Administration will require passengers to wear facemasks at TSA checkpoints and during travel in an effort to “fully comply”

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Dubai blamed for COVID cases abroad after tourists bring variants home

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – After opening itself to New Year’s revelers, Dubai is now being blamed by several countries for spreading the coronavirus abroad, even as questions swirl about the city-state’s ability to handle reported record spikes in cases.

The government’s Dubai Media Office says the sheikhdom is doing all it can to handle the pandemic, though it has repeatedly declined to answer questions from The Associated Press about its hospital capacity.

“After a year of managing the pandemic, we can confidently say the current situation is under control and we have our plans to surge any capacity in

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France Closes Borders to Non-EU Travelers to Curb Spread of Variants

In France, President Emmanuel Macron defended his decision to not impose a new nationwide lockdown. Instead, he announced over the weekend that France would place further restrictions on international travel, barring nonessential visits from travelers outside the European Union.

Those traveling to France from within the bloc would be required to produce a negative test. Mr. Macron also ordered a shutdown of shopping malls and stepped up police enforcement of the country’s 6 p.m. curfew.

Opinion polls show that many French are worried about the spread of more contagious variants of the virus. However, the number of new hospitalizations

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