COVID19

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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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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The COVID-19 pandemic affects the future of Gen Z travel

Clarissa Fisher, 23, is nowhere near ready to hop on a plane. She used to fly regularly to visit her boyfriend in the U.K.

“This past week, I have seen so many people return to their normal activities like nothing has happened,” says Fisher of  Frankfort, Kentucky. “This scares me and has made me reconsider my travel plans for the remainder of this year and possibly the next. I’m afraid to board a plane, knowing that I might step off infected. Being trapped in a small space with a large amount of strangers for several hours is a pandemic nightmare

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