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    The Concertation Committee announced on Friday that non-essential travel will remain banned until at least April 18. Posted on 03/6/2021 at 9:55 am En Belgium, all non-essential trips abroad have been banned from Wednesday January 27 until April 18, unless a reassessment of the measure on March 26 changes the situation. What is the situation in neighboring countries? Grand Duchy of Luxembourg Entry into Luxembourg territory is authorized to all travelers from the European Union and countries associated with the Schengen area as well as citizens of San Marino, Andorra, Monaco and the Vatican / San- Seat. For arrivals by plane to the Grand Duchy, however, a negative PCR test must be presented less than 72 hours before boarding.
    Reuters March 4, 2021 0 Comments U.S. travel demand remains low even as tens of millions of Americans get vaccinated for COVID-19, with just 12% planning a spring break trip this year, the industry said on Thursday. The industry has been devastated over the past year by the collapse in travel demand because of the pandemic. The U.S. Travel Association said polling that it commissioned suggested Americans remained wary about travel and that it was “far from clear when demand for travel will rebound on its own.” The industry again urged new tax credits to encourage leisure and business travel. “We really can’t recover until we get this pandemic under control,” said U.S. Travel Association Chief Executive Roger Dow, who added that corporate travel departments were still advising employees not to travel. The travel industry has also been hit by restrictions that have barred millions of international travelers from...
    “Stop whining!”, Launched, in the provocative tone of which it is customary, the head of state of the extreme right while Brazil deplores nearly 260,000 dead and goes through its deadliest week since the start of the pandemic , one year ago. “Enough with these stories (…) you will cry until when?”, Continued by inaugurating a railway section in the State of Goais (center-west) Mr. Bolsonaro, who has been widely criticized for his lack of empathy in this human drama. “We regret the deaths,” he added, “but where is Brazil going if we stop everything?” “How long are you going to stay at home, how long will everything stay closed?”, He continued as many cities announced this week in urgent curfews , early closure of restaurants and bars or non-essential activities in order to contain the Covid-19 outbreak. “Nobody can take it anymore,” he concluded. Rio de Janeiro was,...
    Several border countries have toughened their tone in recent weeks. Posted on 03/4/2021 at 4:36 p.m. En Belgium, all non-essential trips abroad are prohibited from Wednesday January 27 until April 1. What is the situation in neighboring countries? Grand Duchy of Luxembourg Entry into Luxembourg territory is authorized to all travelers from the European Union and countries associated with the Schengen area as well as citizens of San Marino, Andorra, Monaco and the Vatican / San- Seat. For arrivals by plane to the Grand Duchy, however, a negative PCR test must be presented less than 72 hours before boarding. In addition, third-country nationals, namely countries that are not members of the European Union or of the Schengen area, may not, with some exceptions, enter the territory of the Grand Duchy until March 31, 2021 inclusive.
    Germany is extending its Covid lockdown by three weeks until March 28 but easing some restrictions to allow non-essential shops and businesses to reopen in areas with low infection rates. After about nine hours of talks on Wednesday, Chancellor Angela Merkel and the governors of the country's 16 states agreed to the measures amid a growing clamor for a return to a more normal life. It comes despite a stuttering vaccination programme which Merkel's health minister Jens Spahn attempted to boost on Wednesday by urging her to let over-65s take the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab. Angela Merkel has announced Germany is extending its Covid lockdown by three weeks until March 28 German officials have so far limited the jab to under-65s, and even they have been reluctant to take it after top officials raised doubts about its efficacy - further slowing down a German vaccine roll-out already hampered by EU supply chaos.  The...
    A NAKED couple caught engaging in “late night rumpy pumpy” in a lay-by have been fined £200 by cops as their trip was deemed non-essential. The randy pair were found by officers in Morley, near Derby, last night. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates... 2Cops found a naked couple in a lay-by in Morley last nightCredit: Erewash Response Unit 2They were fined £200 after breaking Covid rulesCredit: Google Much to the couple's embarrassment, when police looked inside the car they found the pair naked. Officers took to Twitter after they managed to stop what they described as "rumpy pumpy". The amorous pair were each given a £200 Fixed Penalty Notice for breaching lockdown rules as well as a cannabis warning. Derbyshire Police tweeted: "Morley - undisclosed...
    AN ASDA in Wales refused to sell a mum school uniform for her five-year-old daughter, telling her it was "a non-essential item". Little Amber Davies from Swansea had grown out of her old uniform and desperately needed new clothes after some kids returned to school in Wales last week. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates... 2Amber Davies had grown out of her old uniform and desperately needed new clothes after starting back at school last weekCredit: MEDIA WALES But when her mum and gran explained their situation to staff at Asda, Llansamlet, Swansea on Friday, they were turned away. Amber's gran, Alison Clement, said: "Amber turned five last week and started back at school. She is very tall for her age and her last uniform was age seven to eight and did not fit her anymore. "We went to the customer services desk at Asda...
    The European Commission invites the 27 member states to follow the same rules. Lhe heads of state and government of the European Union confirmed in their conclusions published Thursday evening that non-essential travel should not be prohibited, Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders stressed on Friday, a few hours from the committee of consultation that will address this issue. “For now, non-essential travel must be limited,” indicate these conclusions published Thursday evening by the Council. The 27 also “welcome” the adoption of the two Council recommendations on travel to and within the EU, which provide that restrictions may be introduced in accordance with the principles of proportionality and non-discrimination and taking into account the particular situation of cross-border communities. Prime Minister Alexander De Croo had indicated in the wake that Belgium, which is the subject like five other Member States of a request for justification from the...
    “For now, non-essential travel must be limited,” indicate these conclusions published Thursday evening by the Council. The 27 also “welcome” the adoption of the two Council recommendations on travel to and within the EU, which provide that restrictions may be introduced in accordance with the principles of proportionality and non-discrimination and taking into account the particular situation of cross-border communities. Prime Minister Alexander De Croo had indicated in the wake that Belgium, which is the subject like five other Member States of a request for justification from the Commission for its restrictions on free movement, had felt supported in its approach by other member states. “I see a lot of comments circulating,” Didier Reynders told Belga. He underlined that the Council conclusions nonetheless clearly refer to the two recommendations which the Council itself adopted. These recommendations specify that bans on access to a country should not be enacted. On...
    France adopted a new measure on Thursday concerning some of its border residents. Posted on 02/25/2021 at 4:32 p.m. Lhe European Commission wrote to the Belgian authorities on Tuesday to obtain a response within ten days of the disproportionate nature of the ban on non-essential travel extended to April 1, a measure that will be evaluated on Friday by the Concertation Committee . Five other countries including Germany are targeted. As a reminder, all non-essential trips abroad are prohibited from Wednesday January 27 until April 1. What is the situation in neighboring countries? Grand Duchy of Luxembourg Entry into Luxembourg territory is authorized for all travelers from the European Union and countries associated with the Schengen area as well as citizens of San Marino, Andorra, Monaco and the Vatican / San- Seat.
    Several countries, including Belgium, are in the sights of the European Union for the management of their borders. Posted on 02/24/2021 at 5:22 p.m. Lhe European Commission wrote to the Belgian authorities on Tuesday to obtain a response within ten days of the disproportionate nature of the ban on non-essential travel extended to April 1, a measure that will be evaluated on Friday by the Concertation Committee . Five other countries including Germany are targeted. As a reminder, all non-essential trips abroad are prohibited from Wednesday January 27 until April 1. What is the situation in neighboring countries? Grand Duchy of Luxembourg Entry into Luxembourg territory is authorized to all travelers from the European Union and countries associated with the Schengen area as well as citizens of San Marino, Andorra, Monaco and the Vatican / San- Seat. ...
    Lhe European Commission wrote to the Belgian authorities to obtain within ten days a response to the disproportionate nature of the ban on non-essential travel extended to April 1, a measure that will be the subject of an evaluation on Friday at the Concertation Committee. Five other countries including Germany are targeted. The Commission toughened its tone and threatened legal action. “In the case of the travel ban imposed by Belgium, the Commission considers that less restrictive measures would be available to the authorities to achieve the objective of protecting public health”, writes Salla Saastamoinen, Director General of the DG Justice, in a letter consulted by Belga. It also notes that, when the announcement of the extension of the ban was made by the Belgian government, “no reason was given” for this extension. The latter was also made several weeks before the expiration of the initial ban, which...
    Belgium and five other countries are in the sights of the European Commission for restrictions imposed on travel. Lhe European Commission wrote to the Belgian authorities to obtain within ten days a response to the disproportionate nature of the ban on non-essential travel extended to April 1, a measure that will be the subject of an evaluation on Friday at the Concertation Committee. Five other countries including Germany are targeted. As a reminder, all non-essential trips abroad are prohibited from Wednesday January 27 until April 1. What is the situation in neighboring countries? Grand Duchy of Luxembourg Entry into Luxembourg territory is authorized to all travelers from the European Union and countries associated with the Schengen area as well as citizens of San Marino, Andorra, Monaco and the Vatican / San- Seat.
    The European executive wants an answer within ten days as to the disproportionate nature of the ban on non-essential travel extended to April 1. Five other countries including Germany are targeted. Lhe European Commission wrote to the Belgian authorities to obtain within ten days a response to the disproportionate nature of the ban on non-essential travel extended to April 1, a measure that will be the subject of an evaluation on Friday at the Concertation Committee. Five other countries including Germany are targeted. “No reason was given” for this extension “In the case of the travel ban imposed by Belgium, the Commission considers that less restrictive measures would be available to the authorities to achieve the objective of protecting public health”, writes Salla Saastamoinen, Director General of the DG Justice, in a letter consulted by Belga. It also notes that, when the announcement...
    The British government hopes to lift the remaining restrictions at the end of June.
    NON-essential shops may not re-open until late April in the third stage of Boris Johnson's roadmap out of lockdown, it has been reported. The Prime Minister has drawn up a four-step plan to help ease Britain back to normal life, with the nation expected to move as one. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates...   4Shoppers may be able to visit non-essential shops towards the end of AprilCredit: PA:Press Association He will reveal dates to pencil in diaries tomorrow for the return of much-missed activities before all restrictions are lifted in a final leap. Mr Johnson will outline a series of steps starting on March 8, when all schools will reopen and people will be able to sit down for a drink outside with their household, or with one friend or relative. The rules, to be laid out during a press conference at...
    The improvement in the data that is being recorded in Andalusia in this third wave is reflected in the list of municipalities that are scrutinized weekly by experts to review its incidence rate and, based on this data, adopt restrictive measures regarding mobility and activity. After the meeting this Thursday of the territorial committee of Public Health Alert of Seville, as of this Friday there will only be in the province a total of 23 locations affected by the limitations – for the 36 of the previous week-, of which 19 will have to close perimeter and only in four, in addition to confinement, will the closure of non-essential activity be applied. The Board has decided to advance the entry into force of the measures one day as a result of the “good evolution” of the data. With this measure, they explain, “it seeks facilitate economic activity and mobility“in...
    The duration, the lack of distinction between the different categories of risk areas… So many aspects of the Belgian travel ban criticized by lawyers and the Commission. But the measure is nonetheless skillfully tied … Lhe European Commission has been suggesting it for several days: it does not like the general ban on non-essential travel decided by the Belgians in January. But despite the exchanges with the authorities, it does not seem that she is ready to open infringement proceedings to protect free movement in the EU. “The question is: are infringement procedures the right answer in such a volatile situation? », Summarizes a European source.
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – As the historically cold temperatures and power outages continue throughout North Texas, non-essential businesses are being urged to conserve electricity in addition to residents at their homes. According to Oncor’s outage map, nearly 850,000 customers are without power in the North Texas area due to outages that began as rotating blackouts. However, due to the severity of the winter weather, the rotating blackouts turned into a more controlled format that is leading to hours-long outages. RELATED: Texas Winter Blast Halts Delivery Of COVID-19 Vaccine The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which manages the state’s power grid, said it expects the controlled outages to continue the rest of Monday and possibly all day Tuesday. Along with residents, Dallas council member Adam Bazaldua said Monday he is asking non-essential businesses to do their own part in helping to reduce power use. “While we all have a part to...
    The Commission has been regularly questioned for several days on the restrictions on freedom of movement imposed in Belgium, but also in Germany. VS‘It is essentially the respect for proportionality that concerns the European Commission in the Belgian ban on non-essential travel, a spokesperson for the European executive said on Monday. The Commission has been regularly questioned for several days on the restrictions on freedom of movement imposed in Belgium, but also in Germany. “There were still contacts between the office of European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders and that of Prime Minister Alexander De Croo. The question of proportionality is important to us, and we have some concerns regarding the measures in Belgium. We are staying in touch and will take the necessary measures, ”commented spokesperson Christian Wigand. The Belgian ban on non-essential travel does not comply with the recommendations that the Member...
    The Commission has been regularly questioned for several days on the restrictions on freedom of movement imposed in Belgium, but also in Germany. VS‘It is essentially the respect for proportionality that concerns the European Commission in the Belgian ban on non-essential travel, a spokesperson for the European executive said on Monday. The Commission has been regularly questioned for several days on the restrictions on freedom of movement imposed in Belgium, but also in Germany. “There were still contacts between the office of European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders and that of Prime Minister Alexander De Croo. The question of proportionality is important to us, and we have some concerns regarding the measures in Belgium. We are staying in touch and will take the necessary measures, ”commented spokesperson Christian Wigand. The Belgian ban on non-essential travel does not comply with the recommendations that the Member...
    BORIS Johnson has said he is "optimistic" he will be announcing the lifting of lockdown restrictions when he sets out his "roadmap" on February 22. The PM today said he will prioritise reopening pubs and shops after getting kids back to school. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 2Boris Johnson has said he is "optimistic" about lifting lockdownCredit: Reuters 2The PM said he will prioritise schools and then other sectors Speaking during a visit to the Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies plant in Billingham, Teesside, where the new Novavax vaccine will be manufactured, he said: "I'm optimistic, I won't hide it from you. "I'm optimistic, but we have to be cautious." He said his first priority remained opening schools in England on March 8 to be followed by non-essential retail and then hospitality venues. He added: "Our children's education is our number one...
    Entered into force on January 27, the ban on non-essential travel to fight the coronavirus pandemic does not comply with the recommendations in this area adopted by the Member States themselves. These recommendations only recommend strongly discouraging travel to and from the areas most at risk. Initially announced until March 1, the ban was extended until April 1, like other measures that were linked to the ministerial decree of October 28, 2020. Going almost unnoticed during the press conference of the Consultation committee last Friday, this extension was recently confirmed on the website of the FPS Interior. At the end of January, the European Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders, had already expressed his concerns. After contacting Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, he qualified the ban as non-compliant with the European recommendation, but not illegal, while insisting on the need to maintain a proportional and non-discriminatory character. He said...
    FRANCE will close its borders to non-EU countries except for essential travel, Prime Minister Jean Castex has announced. The measure will come into force from Sunday in a bid to limit the spread of new Covid variants from abroad. 1France will close its borders to non-EU countries except for essential travel, Prime Minister Jean Castex has announcedCredit: AFP or licensors Announcing the measures, Mr Castex stopped short of imposing a new lockdown despite infection rates remaining high in France. Anyone entering the country must give a negative PCR test, the PM added. Sources told the BBC the decision would not be applied to hauliers. More to follow... For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online. Thesun.co.uk is your go to destination for the best celebrity news, football news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video. Download our fantastic, new and improved...
    NON-essential shops could re-open in April followed by pubs and restaurants in May, it was reported. Boris Johnson announced the government will reveal its "phased" route out of lockdown in the week beginning February 22. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 4Pubs could open their doors again in MayCredit: Tom Nicholson - The Sun 4The government is said to want non-essential shops to open in AprilCredit: EPA The Prime Minister said schools will be the first to reopen under the new road map, which will take a "gradual" approach to lifting restrictions. But officials are also working on proposals which could see most shops closed until April, and pubs and restaurants shut until May, the Telegraph reports. The Government is said to favour a staggered approach with schools opening up again in March with shops and pubs and restaurants in their wake. When Mr...
    DANCING On Ice has been slammed by some viewers for inviting 'non essential' celebrity guests to the show amid the UK's third lockdown. Former contestant Gemma Collins, who was responsible for some of the ITV contest’s most-watched moments in 2019, returned to the show last night not to perform on the ice but to announce a competition to win £120,000. 3DOI viewers slammed the show for 'non-essential' celebrity cameos. Gemma Collins pictured on last night's instalment.Credit: Rex Features TV fans watched as the GC was lowered from the studio ceiling sitting on diamond hoop while clad in a jaw-dropping pink sequinned fishtail gown and a matching pink turban. The Towie star, 39, said: "I'm so happy to be here this evening, it’s amazing to be back." In light of her appearance, some fans insisted that Gemma's cameo was 'non-essential' under the current guidelines. While others argued that hosts Holly Willoughby...
    Travel abroad is prohibited except for “essential reasons” between January 27 and March 1. LThe federal government and the governments of the federated entities detailed on Friday evening the measures to temporarily ban recreational and / or tourist travel to and from Belgium taken by the Concertation Committee “in order to fight against importation and further spread of new variants ”of the coronavirus. Here are the details, as communicated by the services of Prime Minister Alexander De Croo (Open VLD) in a press release. Ban on non-essential travel Consultation committee: new turn of the screw concerning travel, new turn of the police screw? The travel ban will be controlled for road, air, sea and rail traffic. People traveling to and from Belgium must be in possession of a sworn declaration. A model form will be provided by the Minister of the Interior. The...
    The Minister of the Interior gave some additional information regarding non-essential travel. IIt is not possible to monitor the borders continuously, but the police will take care to control the ban on non-essential travel decreed on Friday by the Consultative Committee. This is what the Minister of the Interior Annelies Verlinden said on the set of VTM Nieuws. Non-essential travel is prohibited until March 1, both for Belgians who wish to leave the country and for foreign residents who wish to come to Belgium. The minister admitted that not all foreign travelers could be screened. “We are counting on the understanding of citizens that these measures are necessary,” she said. The police will set up an action plan from Saturday to supervise the controls. Fines could be imposed on violators. These fines would be in line with those currently in place under the anti-coronavirus...
    Belgium will prohibit tourist or « non-essential » trips until next March 1 in view of the spread of the most contagious variants of COVID-19 by the European Union and the escalation of infections in other neighboring countries, the authorities announced. « From January 27 to March 1, there will be a ban on non-essential travel, both travel from Belgium abroad and from abroad to Belgium, » said the Belgian Prime Minister, Alexander De Croo at the end of a meeting of the federal government with the regional executives of Flanders, Wallonia and Brussels. The Belgian authorities have found that « when people travel they transport more variants than when they do not travel, » he added. From Croo. Among the essential trips Belgium will include those due to family reasons, for studies, attending a funeral, etc. Belgium has been formally advising against non-essential travel abroad for months and already required, since December, that those who...
    European leaders agreed on Thursday that European Union (EU) countries can restrict non-essential intra-community travel, given the increase in COVID-19 infections due to the appearance of new variants of the virus, although they promised to keep open the internal borders. “We are fully convinced that we have to keep the borders open to maintain the proper functioning of the internal market” but “restrictions on non-essential movements can be considered”, said the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, at the end of the summit that the Heads of State and Government held by videoconference. The president of the European Commission, Ursula Von der Leyen, said that “the new variants are spreading across Europe” and to identify them, the leaders agreed “a new category, dark red” in the map of the EU that “shows that in that area the virus circulates at a very high level. ” With the...
    European leaders agreed on Thursday that European Union (EU) countries can restrict non-essential intra-community travel, given the increase in COVID-19 infections due to the appearance of new variants of the virus, although they promised to keep open the internal borders. “We are fully convinced that we have to keep the borders open to maintain the proper functioning of the internal market” but “restrictions on non-essential movements can be considered”, said the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, at the end of the summit that the Heads of State and Government held by videoconference. The president of the European Commission, Ursula Von der Leyen, said that “the new variants are spreading across Europe” and to identify them, the leaders agreed “a new category, dark red” in the map of the EU that “shows that in that area the virus circulates at a very high level. ” With the...
    BRUSSELS. European leaders agreed that the countries of the European Union (EU) may restrict non-essential intra-community travel, given the increase in Covid-19 infections due to the appearance of new variants of the virus, although they promised to keep internal borders open. The British variant of the coronavirus continues to spread and has already reached at least 60 countries and territories, the World Health Organization reported. ➡️ Stay informed on our Google News channel « In view of the very serious health situation, all non-essential travel should be strongly discouraged both within individual countries and across borders, » said the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, at the end of a summit. European Parliament by videoconference to discuss the status of the measures, although part of the discussion focused on the rapid spread of new variants of Covid-19, which may shatter hopes that vaccines will quickly end the pandemic. With...
    This obligation will apply “excluding essential travel”, said the Elysee. “Frontier workers and land transport in particular will be exempt.” Paris had already decided on January 14 to subject travelers from a country outside the European Union (EU) to this rule. Cross-border workers and “essential” workers were already exempt. The Elysee said that the approach chosen by the Head of State was also that of “many of his European counterparts”. In Stockholm, the European agency responsible for epidemics, for its part, invited Europeans to “prepare for a rapid escalation in the stringency of measures (to counter the virus) in the coming weeks in order to preserve healthcare capacities, thus than to accelerate vaccination campaigns “. In France, where the death toll is now close to 72,000 deaths, the number of recorded contaminations again exceeded the figure of 20,000 on Thursday, and the specter of a third confinement seems to...
    European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said additional security measures will be offered for essential travel to Europe, such as a mandatory test before departure. The very serious health situation At the end of a videoconference summit of the 27 EU member states, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen estimated this Thursday evening that “all non-essential travel should be strongly discouraged”. This approach is essential “because of the very serious health situation” linked to the pandemic of Covid-19, she underlined on the words relayed by Le Figaro. Several countries have taken the decision to tighten their restrictions in recent days. After Germany on Tuesday, the Netherlands is imposing a curfew from 9 p.m. and Portugal has announced a closure of its schools. A call to European leaders Ursula von der Leyen also expressed the concern of European leaders about the various...
    The countries of the European Union agreed on Thursday that member states can punctually restrict mobility at internal and external borders from the EU if the health situation requires it, but they promised to keep the Schengen area of ​​free movement open. “We are totally convinced that we have to keep the borders open to maintain the proper functioning of the internal market” but “they can be considered restrictions on non-essential travel “, declared the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, at the end of a teleconference of leaders of the EU countries. The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, pointed out that “to keep the external and internal borders open, we need specific measures that keep us all safe”, and hence it has been decided “introduce a new category, dark red, where the virus circulates at a high level” within the EU. Citizens traveling from...
    Regarding the EU’s external borders, “additional security measures” will be proposed. Lhe president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, estimated Thursday evening that “all non-essential travel should be strongly discouraged”, “because of the very serious health situation” linked to the Covid-19 pandemic. The leader, however, said that it was “of the utmost importance to continue to make the single market function”, that is to say to continue to allow the “fluid transport of essential workers and goods across borders. »Countries within the European Union. Regarding the external borders of the EU, “we will propose additional security measures for essential trips to Europe, for example by requiring a test before departure”, she added, at the end of the meeting. a videoconference summit of the 27 member states. “We are increasingly worried about the different variants” of the coronavirus, acknowledged Ms. von der Leyen. The European Epidemics Agency...
    The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen estimated Thursday evening that “all non-essential travel should be strongly discouraged”, “because of the very serious health situation” linked to the Covid-19 pandemic. “We are increasingly worried about the different variants” of the coronavirus, she said after a videoconference summit of the 27 member states of the European Union. The European Epidemics Agency (ECDC), which has raised its assessment of the health risks associated with these more contagious variants of the coronavirus (British, South African), called on European leaders to be ready to take action ” more stringent “in the” coming weeks “. In particular, she considered that “non-essential travel should be avoided”. Several countries have already tightened restrictions in recent days, such as Germany on Tuesday. The Netherlands announced a curfew from 9 p.m. on Thursday evening, Portugal a closure of its schools. Leaders discuss additional travel restrictions,...
    The Scottish authorities have introduced a new restriction pack that come into force this Saturday and that includes, among other measures, the imposition by regulation of teleworking, the prohibition of the sale of take away food or the prohibition of the sale of alcohol to consume outside authorized establishments. The new regulation also eliminates the legal loophole that allowed people perform non-essential activities after leaving home due to essential activity, Scottish public television reports, STV. These restrictions apply to all areas in alert level 4 within the five-tier system established by Edinburgh. Scotland accumulates more than 7,000 deaths from coronavirus and has imposed confinement throughout the month of January, thus prohibiting any non-essential displacement. In the United Kingdom, more than 3.3 million cases and 87,295 deaths have been recorded and it is in full peak of the third wave with more than 50,000 new cases a day on...
    The Swiss Federal Council, equivalent to our “Concertation Committee”, had met since Wednesday morning to consider new measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic on its territory. Faced with an epidemiological situation which remains “extremely tense”, the Federal Council has decided to close some non-essential shops. As of Monday, January 18, stores that do not sell “everyday” consumer products will have to close their doors. Gatherings are also now limited to 5 people inside and outside, and teleworking becomes compulsory. In addition, the measures taken in December are extended until the end of February. Restaurants, cultural establishments, sports and leisure facilities, which have already been closed since December 22, will therefore remain closed until the end of February. No new measures concerning ski resorts have been taken by the Federal Council. Each canton therefore remains responsible for authorizing the opening of its ski areas or forcing them...
    Rachel Bozarth and her family have frozen their spending on non-essential items for the month of January.Source: Rachel Bozarth Rachael Bozarth is taking some drastic measures to attack her debt. The 32-year old mother of five has pledged to freeze all of her non-essential spending for the month of January. "I need to retrain myself to realize that not everything is a need," said Bozarth, who lives in Olathe, Kansas. She and her husband have just over $50,000 in total debt, which includes student loans, medical bills, credit cards and a car payment. She's currently not working and her husband owns a landscaping company. Bozarth admits she has never been good at sticking with a budget. She and her husband pay bills as they come in and buy stuff when they want. That includes grabbing take-out, buying fountain drinks at the gas station and making purchases on Amazon nearly every...
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is defying Governor Andrew Cuomo's orders and moving ahead with vaccinating seniors and non-medical essential workers, saying hundreds of thousands of doses are going unused. 'New York City has heard enough. We will begin administering shots to City Workers and the elderly in [Phase] 1B starting on Monday,' de Blasio said in a tweet on Friday afternoon. Under Cuomo's state distribution plan, phase 1A of vaccination is limited strictly to healthcare workers, and the governor is demanding that 70 percent that group receive the shot before expanding access to other groups.   The shambolic squabble between the two elected Democrats came as New York City has administered just 149,932 doses, or 31 percent of the doses it has received, with a surprising number of healthcare workers refusing the shot. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (above on Friday) is defying Governor Andrew...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Some hospitals across California are rescheduling elective surgeries to prioritize coronavirus patients. To clear hospital space for the sickest COVID-19 patients, the state’s public health officer has issued an order that now requires non-essential and non-life-threatening surgeries to be delayed in counties with the lowest ICU capacities, which includes Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. State health authorities stress that necessary procedures, such as those involving the heart or cancer removal surgeries will not be affected. RELATED: EMTs Enduring Long Wait Times With Patients Outside Hospitals During Pandemic According to Dr. Nancy Gin, the Regional Director of Quality for Kaiser Permanente Southern California, they began canceling and postponing non-urgent surgeries in December. She believes this helps out with staffing issues and also benefits patients whose elective surgeries would have required a hospital stay. “With 80% of our hospital volumes devoted to covid care, we...
    Prince Harry will not meet the Queen face-to-face for a 12-month review of the so-called 'Megxit' deal as the Covid-19 pandemic has brought a ban on non-essential travel. The Duke of Sussex, together with wife Meghan Markle, quit as senior royals in January last year, with a review on their position set to take place on March 31. Prince Harry, 36, planned to request a meeting with his grandmother in the coming weeks, but those plans are said to have been scuppered by the coronavirus pandemic.  According to The Mirror, royal sources say the prince has 'not yet attempted to contact' the Queen to organise a meeting - but a solution was expected to be arranged in the coming weeks.  It's understood the couple want to increase the amount of time before a deal relinquishing their position becomes permanent. Prince Harry is understood to have delayed plans to meet...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A new public health order requires hospitals to delay non-essential surgeries in counties where ICU capacity is dwindling. The health order requires non-essential and non-life-threatening surgeries to be delayed in counties with less than 10% ICU capacity where the regional ICU capacity is 0%. ICU capacity is 0% in the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California regions. Both San Joaquin and Stanislaus County are impacted by the order. In Los Angeles, hospitals are making difficult decisions regarding who to treat. In San Joaquin County, ICUs are overflowing double their typical size, and some fear the worst is ahead. READ MORE: Local Health Officials Fear Worst For Area Hospitals: ‘I Hope We Don’t Get There’ Officials say emergency surgeries, surgeries to remove cancer, or heart surgery will continue while procedures like carpal tunnel release and non-urgent spine surgeries should be delayed. The order will remain in effect for...
    ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Texas Health Resources will postpone outpatient elective and non-essential surgeries and procedures starting Thursday, January 7, 2021. A spokesperson said the decision comes after the the prevalence of COVID-19 positive patients has caused “a severe stress on inpatient and emergency department bed capacity and staffing resources.” Coupled with the record numbers of COVID-19 positive cases in Tarrant County, hospital officials had no choice but to “initiate their surge plans to accommodate the increased volume.” The postponement applies to all wholly owned hospitals. Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the country and the largest in North Texas in terms of inpatients and outpatients served. The hospital has not set an end date for when they will reverse their decision. Latest Coronavirus News | Coronavirus Resources MORE FROM CBSDFW Driver Killed In High-Speed Crash Into Tree In Plano...
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    BOSTON (CBS)– Five Massachusetts State Representatives have asked Gov. Charlie Baker to shut down non-essential indoor activities. Rep. Mike Connolly, Rep. Tami Gouveia, Rep. Jack Lewis, Rep. Michelle Duois, and Rep. Denise Provost signed the letter. While they said they appreciated Baking “implementing a modest rollback of the reopening by moving those communities that were in Phase 3, Step 2 back to Phase 3 Step 1 — unfortunately, we believe a lot more has to be done to slow the spread of the coronavirus.” The letter cited the increase in COVID cases and wastewater data. Until COVID vaccines R here we need leaders to make tough choices to protect health so once again I join w @MikeConnollyMA, Dr. @TamiGouveiaMA, @RepJackLewis, @RepDuBois, & Rep. Provost to call on @MassGovernor to shutdown indoor dining, casinos & nonessential indoor activities. pic.twitter.com/NqNNlms7NP — Michelle DuBois (@RepDuBois) December 17, 2020 “As we advocate for...
    Mike Rowe said “40 million people in this country” have been labeled “non-essential” during the pandemic and that’s “fundamentally upside-down.” “There’s a new word for 40 million people in this country: non-essential, and it’s crazy,” the host of “Dirty Jobs” said during his appearance on “Hannity” with Sean Hannity, according to a Fox News piece published Thursday.  (RELATED: Tucker Slams Nike For Using Colin Kaepernick In Its ‘Decadent’ Scheme)   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Fox News (@foxnews) “We have deemed a giant hunk of our people essentially one click away from [being] unimportant or worthless,” he added. “During this pandemic. I’ve seen firsthand that everybody is essential to somebody, even if you’re just working to pay your own bills. So something is going on here that is fundamentally upside-down.” (RELATED: Mike Rowe Points To 9/11 Hero As He Shares His Thoughts About Nike’s...
    "It's crazy" that state and local governments have deemed millions of Americans to be "non-essential" workers due to coronavirus restrictions, "Dirty Jobs" host Mike Rowe told "Hannity" Thursday. "There's a new word for 40 million people in this country: Non-essential, and it's crazy," Rowe told host Sean Hannity. "We have deemed a giant hunk of our people essentially one click away from [being] unimportant or worthless." As states and cities reimpose lockdowns and stay-at-home orders amid a surge in cases, hospitalizations and deaths, Rowe said the looming closure of non-essential business is "just another example, in my opinion, of a big cookie-cutter approach in the name of public safety, where we treat everybody basically the same except for the essential folks." "During this pandemic," Rowe added, "I've seen firsthand that everybody is essential to somebody, even if you're just working to pay your own bills. So something is going on here that is...
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    Government officials in a Mexican border city say Texans are traveling with bogus pharmacy prescriptions and doctor appointment notices as part of an attempt to bypass the land border travel ban due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to newspaper El Universal, at least eight Mexican residents and American citizens have been busted by border agents in Reynosa, Tamaulipas for lying about their visits from the US.  The Tamaulipas state government imposed tough restrictions for motorists driving over from Hidalgo County, Texas, which as of Tuesday had reported 46,449 confirmed cases and 2,110 deaths.  The virus has been responsible for 23,408 deaths and 1,352,193 cases Texas. Officials in Tamaulipas have detected 32,025 positive cases and 3,083 deaths. The United States tops the world with 15,337,091 confirmed coronavirus cases and 288,022 deaths. Mexico has recorded 110,874 deaths and 1.1 million positive cases. A Tamaulipas, Mexico health department worker inspects a visitor from the...
    California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly gave a coronavirus update on Tuesday to explain the latest on new infections and hospitalizations, and he stressed the need for the regional stay-at-home order to curb the spread of COVID-19. Millions of Californians are on virtual lockdown as the state's outbreak rages. "Transmission is now so widespread across the state that every non-essential activity carries a serious risk," he said. He noted the state was able to flatten its COVID-19 curve in March due to "early and decisive" action. The state's regional lockdown affects Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley after the available ICU bed capacity in those areas dropped below 15%. The order bars nearly all public gatherings and limits capacity in the retail and grocery stores that are allowed to remain open, CBS Los Angeles reports. 90-year-old grandmother gets 1st dose of Pfizer vaccine as U.K. declares COVID "V-Day"...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- As a second possible indoor dining shutdown looms in New York City, one city official is calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to speed up the process.NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams criticized Cuomo's "slow and hesitant approach" that he says is reminiscent of mistakes the state and city made in March.EMBED More News Videos Governor Cuomo held a news conference on the rising hospitalizations in New York. On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo said that if the regional hospitalization rate does not stabilize in five days, indoor dining in New York City will close. Cuomo announced a framework for the gradual closure of indoor dining, as well as potential additional businesses, if COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise as trends have indicated.In the rest of the state, indoor dining will go to 25% if it doesn't improve.EMBED More News VideosNew York Gov. Cuomo warned another shutdown is...
    LOS Angeles residents have been told to "stay in homes now" as the mayor banned travel and shut non-essential businesses due to Covid. Mayor Eric Garcetti warned on Wednesday the city was nearing "a devastating tipping point" and ordered residents to stay in their homes and avoid social gatherings in new lockdown measures to rein in a surge in Covid infections. 3Mayor Eric Garcetti shared the warning on WednesdayCredit: LUCY NICHOLSON "It's time to cancel everything," Garcetti said during the press briefing. His order limits nearly all social gatherings of people from more than a single household, mirroring a directive by county health officials last week, but exempts religious services and protests protected by the constitution. "My message couldn’t be simpler. It's time to hunker down. It’s time to cancel everything. And if it isn’t essential, don't do it," the mayor added. "Don't meet up with others outside your household....
    TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — It has been nine months since the first confirmed COVID case in New Jersey. The numbers continue to rise, with 56 additional deaths Wednesday. That brings the statewide total to 15,309. Officials say testing has never been more important. CBS2’s Meg Baker took a look at how some counties are prioritizing this. Monmouth County’s command center mobile unit will be used to provide testing for the county’s first responders and health care providers as lines at testing centers across the state grow. “Our health care providers and first responders are on the front lines of COVID. They really do not need to be waiting in line to be sure or not sure if they have COVID-19,” said Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Explanation Of N.Y.’s Yellow, Orange, Red Zones (.pdf) Find A COVID-19 Testing Site Near You In NYC Check NYC Testing Line...
    NEW JERSEY (WABC) -- Gov. Phil Murphy urged residents Wednesday that no one should be traveling out-of-state unless necessary."We've been saying since September, just don't travel," he said. "No one should be traveling out of state for anything that is not essential for your daily life: commuting to work, seeking medical treatment, for example."Travelers from outside of the immediate region or from another state, Murphy says "we strongly encourage you to observe a 14-day self-quarantine period and at the right point get tested.""There are very few exceptions," he said. "Otherwise we are asking everyone to simply not travel unless it is for an essential purpose."After a dramatic spike in deaths of 90 from Monday's report, Murphy announced 56 additional fatalities on Wednesday.The statewide total is now at 15,309 deaths. Sadly, we must report 56 additional #COVID19 deaths, bringing our statewide total to 15,309.The number of probable deaths is 1,836.If you...
    BRUSSELS (AP) — Non-essential shops in Belgium were reopening Tuesday in the wake of encouraging figures about declining daily coronavirus infection rates and hospital admissions. The government is fearful, however, that the change might lead to massive gatherings in the nation's most popular shopping centers and streets. Over the weekend, pre-Christmas light festivals already led to crowded scenes in several cities, prompting warnings from virologists about the dangers of reopening too soon. Belgium, host to the headquarters of the 27-nation European Union, has been one of the hardest-hit countries in Europe during the pandemic. Belgium has reported more than 16,500 deaths linked to the virus during two surges in the spring and the fall. Experts say wearing masks and practicing social distancing will be essential in containing the spreading of the virus when shopping returns to a sense of normalcy. Despite the intense infections and deaths the country has seen,...
    BRUSSELS – Non-essential shops in Belgium were reopening Tuesday in the wake of encouraging figures about declining daily coronavirus infection rates and hospital admissions. The government is fearful, however, that the change might lead to massive gatherings in the nation's most popular shopping centers and streets. Over the weekend, pre-Christmas light festivals already led to crowded scenes in several cities, prompting warnings from virologists about the dangers of reopening too soon. Belgium, host to the headquarters of the 27-nation European Union, has been one of the hardest-hit countries in Europe during the pandemic. Belgium has reported more than 16,500 deaths linked to the virus during two surges in the spring and the fall. Experts say wearing masks and practicing social distancing will be essential in containing the spreading of the virus when shopping returns to a sense of normalcy. Despite the intense infections and deaths the country has...
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told residents Tuesday to cancel all non-essential travel as coronavirus cases surge in California.  This comes days before the Thanksgiving holiday, which the L.A. County Department of Public Health is "strongly" recommending people only spend with other members of their household.  CORONAVIRUS SURGE IN CALIFORNIA BLAMED ON INDOOR GATHERINGS, TRAVEL "Please don’t plan, host or attend holiday gatherings for multiple households," the L.A. County Department of Public Health said in new guidance Tuesday. "Instead connect virtually together." Anyone flying into LAX or Van Nuys airport also is being asked to sign a form acknowledging that they need to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.  "Failure to submit the form is punishable by a fine of up to $500," the traveler form says.  CALIFORNIA RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION SEEKS COURT ORDER TO HALT LA COUNTY DINE-IN BAN Los Angeles restaurants will be forced to shut down indoor and outdoor dining for three...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan expanded a travel advisory urging residents to avoid any non-essential out of state travel to state’s with high positivity rates. This comes as Maryland continued to see high numbers of new COVID-19 cases through the weekend. Monday morning officials reported nearly 1,700 new cases, 39 more hospitalizations and 14 more deaths. “Fortunately, many people are following that advice, a survey by AAA found that nearly 90% of Marylanders are not planning to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday,” Hogan said during a press conference Monday. We stopped at a gas station before coming to the airport. We interviewed several motorist and all of them say they’ve canceled their travel plans for #Thanksgiving but there are still travelers at the airport @BWI_Airport @wjz pic.twitter.com/AHHpqoEUcF — Rachael Cardin (@RachaelCardin) November 23, 2020 Hogan said both federal and state officials are strongly advising against holiday...
    (Bloomberg Opinion) — The Christmas lights are on, but few are coming to see them. That was the scene last week on Oxford Street, London’s leading retail thoroughfare, as non-essential shops in England remained closed. It’s hardly the run-up to Black Friday that retailers had hoped for. I’ve argued before that Europe is better off without the imported annual shopping frenzy. While door-busting deals are a post-Thanksgiving tradition in the U.S., there is no place for them on this side of the Atlantic. Discounts at the busiest time of the year just squander profit. European retailers should take 2020 as a sign to finally ditch the gimmick. U.K. Black Friday sales are expected to fall 20% from 2019 to 6.2 billion pounds ($8.3 billion), according to PwC, as a combination of shuttered shops, stretched delivery networks, lockdown-weary consumers and stock shortages take their toll. Although shoppers in continental Europe have...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — AAA says of those who do plan to travel this Thanksgiving, 74% of them will be driving, so there still could be traffic in some areas. The Maryland State Department of Transportation is asking people to stay “safer at home” this holiday season. The MDOT Secretary said the best way to give thanks for the people we love is to do our part to keep them safe. “We know people are anxious to enjoy Thanksgiving with family and friends, particularly after we’ve spent much of this year working and living remotely. But the best way to give thanks for the people we love is to do our part to keep them safe,” said MDOT Secretary Greg Slater. “We urge Marylanders to refrain from travel unless necessary. If you must travel, please avoid large gatherings and remember face covering, social distancing, hand washing and other precautions.” COVID In...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan expanded a travel advisory urging residents to avoid any non-essential out of state travel to state’s with high positivity rates. This comes as Maryland continued to see high numbers of new COVID-19 cases through the weekend. Monday morning officials reported nearly 1,700 new cases, 39 more hospitalizations and 14 more deaths. “Fortunately, many people are following that advice, a survey by AAA found that nearly 90% of Marylanders are not planning to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday,” Hogan said during a press conference Monday. We stopped at a gas station before coming to the airport. We interviewed several motorist and all of them say they’ve canceled their travel plans for #Thanksgiving but there are still travelers at the airport @BWI_Airport @wjz pic.twitter.com/AHHpqoEUcF — Rachael Cardin (@RachaelCardin) November 23, 2020 Hogan said both federal and state officials are strongly advising against holiday...
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) warned on Sunday that certain areas of New York City are heading toward tighter coronavirus restrictions, including the most restrictive “red zone” which prohibits all gatherings deemed “non-essential.” The Democrat governor stated some areas, namely Staten Island, Long Island, and parts of Manhattan, are “in the warning track” and could soon face additional restrictions due to concerns over rising infection rates and hospital capacity. “The rate goes up; there are more restrictions to slow the economy — that’s bad for business. Rates go up, you overburden the hospital system, you overburden doctors, nurses, you can have possible equipment supplies,” he said. “Numbers go up and people die. People die. Period,” Cuomo added. The governor said such areas “will go into those zones” unless the existing trajectory “dramatically” changes. “Parts of Staten Island will go into an orange zone. Parts of Staten Island will go into red zone at...
    New York (CNN Business)Retailers forced to close down stores to customers early in the pandemic are now pushing officials to allow them to stay open on Black Friday and into the holiday shopping season, even as coronavirus cases surge across the country. It has been up to city and state officials in the pandemic to define which businesses are "essential" and can remain open during Covid-related shutdowns. Businesses critical to maintaining citizens' basic needs — health care services, grocery stores, home improvement stores and gas stations, for example — were declared essential early on. But in an effort to slow the spread of the virus, malls, gyms, movie theaters and a host of other noncritical businesses were considered "non-essential" and forced to close. Macy's, (M) for example, was deemed a "non-essential" business at the onset of the pandemic and closed its stores. The retailer lost sales to businesses that sold...
    Governor Gavin Newsom is imposing an overnight curfew on more than 37.75 million Californians for the next month as the state battles an alarming surge in coronavirus cases.   Newsom announced the 'limited stay-at-home order' banning non-essential work and gatherings between 10pm and 5am on Thursday, as the state recorded its highest number of daily new COVID-19 cases since August with 11,478. The order will go into effect on Saturday in counties that are in the purple tier of the state's color-coded system for reopening the economy. Forty-one out of California's 58 counties - 94 percent of the state population - are in that tier.  The move comes just days after the state imposed restrictions limiting business operations in purple counties, which have the most significant increases in virus cases with positivity rates exceeding eight percent.  'The virus is spreading at a pace we haven't seen since the start of this...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – City officials in San Francisco announced new COVID-19 restrictions Monday as the state re-assigned the city into the Red Tier over a surge in cases locally and statewide. As of Tuesday, non-essential offices, which were allowed to reopen at 25% capacity late last month, must return to 100% remote and telework operations. Meanwhile, fitness centers must reduce capacity from 25% to 10%. Health officials said other sectors can remain open, including outdoor gyms and fitness centers, outdoor dining, restaurants offering takeout, along with shopping and personal care services. Elementary and middle schools, and cultural and family activities such as museums and aquariums are also allowed to continue operations. Mayor London Breed’s office said the city is experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases. From October 10 to November 10, the 7-day average of daily new cases has risen from 29 to 97. Meanwhile, the case...
    Mayor Lori Lightfoot, along with the local Health Department and the Department of Business and Consumer Protection, presented a new strategy in their attempt to contain the spike in COVID-19 cases in the city. This is “Protect Chicago”, an initiative with which they seek to flatten the second contagion curve with specific messages and regulations. According to a statement from the mayor’s office, it seeks to curb the spread of the virus at a time when at least 1,000 more city residents are projected to die after contracting it before the close of 2020. Among the specific measures that would take effect on November 16 at 6:00 am are an order to stay home unless the outings are to work, study, look for basic goods or medical care. Still, the instruction would be to maintain social distancing and always wear a mask while outside. It...
    COVID-19 : Here’s an announcement that should ease tensions over health restrictions. Shops forced to keep their doors closed during this reconfinement could welcome customers again by the end of November. Explanations. This Monday, November 16, at the microphone of Cnews, the Minister of the Economy, Finance and Recovery, Bruno Le Maire, spoke about the upcoming reopening of stores deemed “non-essential”. In order to allow a rapid resumption of activity, a “sanitary protocol for all shops and supermarkets” is underway and will be concluded this Friday, November 20. The politician was reassuring about the situation, declaring that “the epidemic peak was behind us”. A positive announcement and expected by traders who are counting on the end of year celebrations to get out of this economic impasse. “The reopening is more a matter of days than weeks. Once we have this health protocol on the table,...
    Amid a spike in coronavirus cases in the state, Democrat New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lynn Lujan Grisham has issued a stay-at-home order and demanded nonessential businesses close for 14 days. According to Grisham, a two-week shutdown, set to begin on November 16, will attempt to curb the spread of the virus in the state. “We are in a life-or-death situation, and if we don’t act right now, we cannot preserve the lives, we can’t keep saving lives, and we will absolutely crush our current health care system and infrastructure,” Grisham said. Non-essential businesses include hair salons, gyms, and spas. During the 14 day shutdown, indoor dining will also be suspended. Restaurants in the state will be allowed to offer curbside pickup and delivery. The order also limits churches and other houses of worship to 25 percent occupancy and closes indoor malls. Grisham also stated that after the 14-day shutdown of non-essential...
    Mayor Lori Lightfoot, along with the local Health Department and the Department of Business and Consumer Protection, presented a new strategy in their attempt to contain the spike in COVID-19 cases in the city. This is “Protect Chicago”, an initiative with which they seek to flatten the second contagion curve with specific messages and regulations. According to a statement from the mayor’s office, it seeks to curb the spread of the virus at a time when at least 1,000 more city residents are projected to die after contracting it before the close of 2020. Among the specific measures that would take effect on November 16 at 6:00 am are an order to stay home unless the outings are to work, study, look for basic goods or medical care. Still the instruction would be to maintain social distancing and always wear a mask while outside. It...
    A Texas appeals court temporarily halted a county judge's order Thursday that mandates the closure of non-essential businesses in an effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus. The request to the Eighth Court of Appeals was filed by state Attorney General Ken Paxton and restaurant owners, who sought to strike down portions of El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego's lockdown measures. The ruling temporarily halts the business closures and a nightly curfew. The court said the orders can't be enforced until it makes a final decision, which is expected Friday.  Follow below for updates on the coronavirus pandemic. Mobile users click here. 
    CHERRY HILL, N.J. (CBS) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is giving municipalities and counties the option to regulate the operating hours of non-essential businesses after 8 p.m. Murphy signed the executive order on Thursday, which comes in an effort to give local officials the ability to take action to prevent localized COVID-19 hotspots from spreading. “Municipal or county actions, such as restrictions on essential businesses, full business closures, or restrictions on gatherings/capacity that differ from statewide rules, are impermissible and will be invalidated,” Murphy said. NEW: I will sign an Exec Order giving municipalities and counties the option to regulate the operating hours of non-essential businesses after 8:00 PM. Our surgical approach empowers local officials to take actions to prevent localized hotspots from becoming COVID wildfires. — Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) November 12, 2020 Eyewitness News spoke with a non-essential business in Cherry Hill on Thursday night. Though...
    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) on Thursday issued a stay-at-home advisory and called on residents to cancel their “traditional” Thanksgiving plans as part of an effort to combat the spread of coronavirus. Lightfoot announced advisory will take effect on Monday, November 16th, and will late 30 days. The mayor urged residents to avoid traveling, hosting house guests, or leaving their resident for non-essential business. – Stay home unless for essential reasons– Stop having guests over—including family members you do not live with– Avoid non-essential travel– Cancel traditional Thanksgiving plans — Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) November 12, 2020 In October, Illinois Gov. Jay Pritzker (D) ordered Chicago restaurants and bars to stop serving customers indoors and limited gatherings to 25 people or 25 percent capacity. Lightfoot is the latest Democrat to seek to curb residents’ activities going into the holiday season. Cases have surged in New York, where Cuomo announced Wednesday that...
    Mayor Lori Lightfoot, along with the local Health Department and the Department of Business and Consumer Protection, presented a new strategy on Thursday in her attempt to contain the rebound in COVID-19 cases in the city. This is “Protect Chicago”, an initiative with which they seek to flatten the second contagion curve with specific messages and regulations. According to a statement from the mayor’s office, it seeks to curb the spread of the virus at a time when at least 1,000 more city residents are projected to die after contracting it before the close of 2020. Among the specific measures that would take effect on November 16 at 6:00 am are an order to stay home unless the outings are to work, study, look for basic goods or medical care. Still the instruction would be to maintain social distancing and always wear a mask while...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Maryland officials are urging people to avoid any non-essential out-of-state travel to 35 states as coronavirus cases nationwide continue to climb and as the holidays approach. During a news conference Tuesday evening, Gov. Larry Hogan outlined the details of an expanded travel advisory, under which Marylanders are strongly advised against traveling to any state with a positivity rate above 10% or any state with average case rates above 20 per 100,000 residents. CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES:  Coronavirus Resources: How To Get Help In Maryland TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines Those states, based on a list from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday, are: Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas Colorado Connecticut Florida Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Jersey New Mexico North Carolina North Dakota...
    The head of the UK’s oldest conservative think tank has condemned government orders for supermarkets to barricade aisles containing ‘non-essential’ items during England’s lockdown, saying Boris Johnson’s administration should “leave it to the public to decide what they want and need to buy”. The Conservative national government has quietly instructed supermarkets to close departments selling so-called “non-essential” items during England’s second lockdown, with media reporting in recent days citizens’ anger at not being to buy items including kettles, socks, and baby clothes. Such draconian measures were imposed during Wales’s 17-day lockdown, with the country’s Labour-led regional government banning the sale of ‘non-essential’ items in supermarkets. Boris Johnson, the leader of the Conservative Party, in essence, appeared to have followed Welsh Labour’s lead, despite the move being widely unpopular in Wales and the Celtic nation’s lockdown being around half the duration of the English one, which is set to end on December 2nd. Government...
    A ballet teacher has filmed herself dancing in aisle of a French supermarket to call out the government's 'nonsensical' approach to lockdown.  Amandine Aguilar, of Sausset-les-Pins, in South West France, said she recorded the daring video to challenge how the Macron administration's 'absurd' management of the Covid-19 pandemic has left the arts suffering.  Dressed in a black tutu reading 'I am non essential,' she danced around the aisle of a supermarket located in Marignane. She could be seen trying to access 'non essential' products, which were cordoned off from customers, and picking up several packs of toilet paper and pastas in a nod to the frenzied stockpiling some customers made before the first French lockdown, which started on March 17 and lasted until May 11.  Leaping and hopping through the store in the video, Amandine later wrote on Facebook several closures and a lack of support from the government had left...
    COVID-19 : Photo: Sorbis / Shutterstock From today, we will no longer be able to buy products deemed “non-essential” in supermarkets. Here is the list of departments affected by this new measure supposed to restore fairness. The Prime Minister is trying to relieve the pressure. This Sunday, November 1, during his speech at 8 p.m. on TF1, Jean Castex announced that several supermarket shelves will close as of Tuesday, November 3. This measure follows the controversy over small so-called “non-essential” businesses. Indeed, while these independent shops were forced to shut down, other supermarkets and specialized supermarkets, such as Fnac, could then continue to sell products legally. But with this new measure, everyone is in the same boat. But concretely, which departments are concerned? Cultural products (books, DVDs, CDs, etc.) Toys and board games Textiles Make-up departments Household appliances Jewelry stores Decoration and tableware Flowers...
    Washington — The United States' borders with Mexico and Canada will remain closed for non-essential travel for another month as the country braces for what public health experts say will be a difficult winter battling the coronavirus pandemic. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said Monday that the three countries will extend travel restrictions through November 21 in an effort to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. "We are working closely with Mexico & Canada to identify safe criteria to ease the restrictions in the future & support our border communities," Wolf tweeted. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox Bill Blair, Canada's minister of public safety and emergency preparedness, said the nation's "decisions will continue to be based on the best public health advice available to keep Canadians safe." Under the restrictions, a foreign national arriving in Canada from the U.S. must prove they are traveling for an...
    TODAY marked the start of the second national lockdown in England with all non-essential stores shutting their doors for four whole weeks. But B&M shoppers are thrilled that their favourite bargain store can remain open throughout this time, with many flocking to the shops to stock up on bargains. 5B&M will remain open during lockdownCredit: Alamy While all non-essential stores were told to close from today, Home Bargains and B&M will keep their doors open. This is because they sell food and household goods - which are considered essential items. But it seems shoppers are taking advantage of the fact they can visit the purse-friendly chain, with some admitting to hitting the shops to spend big in store. Posting in a Facebook group dedicated to B&M bargains, one person asked for confirmation on whether or not stores were open. 5Some shoppers admitted to heading in...
    Conservative Christian actor Kirk Cameron says that evangelicals are rallying to vote for President Donald Trump because they can clearly see "socialism and communism" at the door. What are the details? In an interview with Fox News' "America's Newsroom," Cameron said that people of faith are worried that the country will descend into socialism or communism if a Democrat is elected president. "I see people of faith waking up to the scary idea that socialism and communism are knocking on our doors this Halloween season, and they're disguised in the costumes of public health and social justice," Cameron said. Cameron, an entertainer outspoken about his faith, added that the enthusiasm for President Donald Trump is staggering. "I can tell you that as I travel the country and teach in churches, I'm seeing a couple of things that are just astounding. ... The enthusiasm level for...
    RYANAIR will not refund customers for flights to and from England in November, despite the government banning all but essential travel.  Customers will not get their money back if the flight is still operating, even if they aren’t legally allowed to get on it.  2Ryanair customers will not get their money back if the flight is still operating in November, even if they aren’t legally allowed to get on itCredit: Reuters The airline is only allowing travellers to swap onto a later flight without a change fee.  Meanwhile, British Airways and easyJet have confirmed that they will provide vouchers or refunds for customers whose flights are affected by this month’s lockdown.  Ryanair has said it is preparing for a "hugely challenging" period to continue as it reported a loss of £178 million in the first half of the year. The Ireland-based low-cost airline said it "expects to record higher losses"...
    A Texas county judge shutdown non-essential businesses for two-weeks Thursday as the county reports a surge in new COVID-19 cases, CNN reported. El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego said he issued the order based on data that shows the COVID-19 hospitalization rate at 44% as of Thursday evening, according to the report. The order took effect Thursday at midnight. “Since the inception of this pandemic, El Paso County has never seen this level of infections through our community,” he said during a virtual news conference. “Our hospitals, our capacity, our medical professionals are overwhelmed, and if we don’t respond, we will see unprecedented levels of death,” he said. Samaniego said grocery stores, food delivery services and pharmacies will remain open, the report continued. He also said election related services are essential. Based upon the advice and recommendation of medical professionals, as well as hospital CEO’s, effective at midnight tonight, I...
    (CNN)The El Paso County Judge has ordered a two-week shutdown of non-essential services due to new Covid-19 cases soaring in the Texas community. El Paso crosses another Covid-19 record as the childrens hospital takes on extra patients"Since the inception of this pandemic, El Paso County has never seen this level of infections through our community," Judge Ricardo Samaniego, who acts as the county's chief administrator, said during a virtual news conference Thursday.Samaniego made the decision based on the advice of medical professionals and hospital administrators, he said. As of Thursday evening, according to Samaniego, the hospitalization rate was 44%, a 365.2% increase from the beginning of the month. The order went into effect at midnight on Thursday night."Our hospitals, our capacity, our medical professionals are overwhelmed, and if we don't respond, we will see unprecedented levels of death." Read MoreElection activities are considered essential services, Samaniego said, and will...
    EL PASO, Texas – El Paso County officials ordered a two-week shutdown of non-essential activities Thursday after the area’s medical resources were overwhelmed by the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. County Judge Ricardo Samaniego announced the measure during a virtual news conference Thursday. Among the non-essential services ordered to be closed, effective at midnight Thursday, are tattoo, hair and nail salons, as well as gyms and in-person dining. He also appealed to residents to avoid all non-essential activities. Grocery and drug stores, funeral homes, health care services and government activities were among the activities deemed essential. Samaniego said all election-related activities, including campaigns and voting, also were deemed essential activities. “Our hospitals are at capacity, our medical professionals are overwhelmed, and if we don’t respond we will see unprecedented levels of death,” said Samaniego, the county's top elected official. Samaniego assured that county officials “have done everything possible” to...
    A county judge in El Paso, Texas, has implemented a two-week shutdown of all non-essential services beginning at midnight on Thursday night, according to CBS affiliate KDBC-TV. The decision comes with the city facing a relentless surge in coronavirus cases that's overwhelming local hospitals.  Businesses including tattoo parlors, hair salons, nail salons, gyms and massage businesses must close as part of Judge Ricardo Samaniego's order, KDBC reported. All election activities are considered essential and won't be impacted.  "If we don't do the right thing, we are going to prolong this journey which has been so difficult," he said.  Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox Samaniego's order is already facing legal threats. Just hours after it was announced, the office of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton tweeted that the judge "has no authority to shut down businesses in El Paso County," adding that, "This is a direct violation of...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago non-essential businesses like bars, restaurants and liquor stores are actually getting extended hours under the new state-imposed COVID-19 mitigations that start Friday.The city first announced new restrictions last week to combat the COVID-19 surge seen here and across the state. Those restrictions included shutter indoor service at bars without food service, all liquor sales ending at 9 p.m. and all non-essential businesses closing from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.RELATED: Chicago COVID-19 restrictions for bars, business curfew take effect as coronavirus cases surgeHowever, under Governor JB Pritzker's mitigations, the city is extending those hours. While all bars and restaurants, regardless of food service, are not allowed to operate indoor dining, all non-essential businesses now must be closed from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.That allows restaurants and bars that can no longer offer that indoor service an extra hour of outdoor operations each evening.The city is also modifying...
    FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Nearly 800,000 children in the United States have already been infected with COVID-19, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. The group reported a 14 percent increase in cases from October 8-22. According to pediatrician and University of North Texas Assistant Professor Dr. Priya Bui, that’s not surprising. But, she said, “The fact that it’s happening so early and so quickly makes me more concerned.” Testing in children has increased, she said – both because of interest and seasonal afflictions, such as colds, flu, and allergies. But those aren’t the only numbers she sees going up. “When you look at data from our big community partners such as Cook Childrens, you see that the positive cases per day are really increasing, too. So that can’t just be testing,” she said. Pediatricians stress that, while the numbers may be rising, severe illness and death in children are...
    With both Connecticut and New Jersey meeting the criteria to be added to New York's travel advisory for a second straight week, the state renewed its call discouraging non-essential travel to and from those neighboring states, as well as Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. One state -- California -- was added to the quarantine list on Tuesday, Oct. 27. The advisory requires individuals who have traveled to New York from areas with significant community spread to quarantine for 14 days.  The quarantine applies to any person arriving from an area with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a seven-day rolling average or an area with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average. Under rules for the New York advisory, travelers who pass through a state on a list for less than 24 hours are exempt from the quarantine requirement. Given the interconnected nature of the...
    Newark, New Jersey, is reversing course on reopening as coronavirus cases rise across the city. Many of the new rules, which go into effect Tuesday, surround the city's non-essential businesses.  All non-essential stores, except for supermarkets, pharmacies and gas stations, must close by 8 p.m. Restaurants and bars will close indoor service by 8 p.m and outdoor service by 11 p.m. All recreation centers, "except for school-related programs for essential employees" will close. The city has had more positive cases of COVID-19 than every other city in Essex County, according to city officials. As of Friday, Newark had 10,041 positive COVID-19 cases and 673 reported deaths. As of October 18, Newark's current test rate is around 11%, while the state's overall test rate is 5%. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox Mayor Ras Baraka emphasized the new rules, which were also implemented earlier this year, would help curb...
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