Travel & Leisure

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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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

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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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