Why Enclosed Outdoor Dining is as Risky as Indoor Dining

by Kurt Stolz

Since the start of the pandemic, readers of this magazine have seen stories with headlines that included “Why Indoor Dining is So Risky” and “How to Dine Outdoors Safely.” As outdoor temperatures in many parts of the world begin to fall, and restaurateurs who are only permitted outdoor dining adapt their al-fresco ad hoc dining rooms to compensate, dining under the stars may end up being as risky as dining in …

Despite Warnings, 50 Million People Traveled This Thanksgiving

by Paul Riegler

Despite a raging pandemic and a warning from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention not to travel, approximately 50 million people began the trek over the river and through the woods, hopefully not to grandmother’s house, a figure that was only five million fewer than last year, according to data from the Automobile Association of America.
The CDC issued its warning last Thursday.  On Friday, over one million people …

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day: Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed

by Anna Breuer

Tomorrow, Thursday, is Thanksgiving in the United States, a national day of giving thanks for the harvest.  Unlike preceding years, where the day was marked by family travel and was followed by a day of retail madness on Black Friday, given the coronavirus pandemic most people are likely to remain home both days and pass on the opportunity of traveling as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued …

‘Avenue Q’ Has an Important Message for the World: Covid is ‘Only for Now’

by Jonathan Spira

The cast of the award-winning Broadway show “Avenue Q” has a message for the world in a new video: Covid “is only for now.”
“Nothing lasts,” a line from the song “Only for Now” tells us, including the pandemic.
After calling out “sex” and “your hair” as the standard faux ad libs in the course of the song, the third original faux ad lib “George Bush” from 2003 has been updated multiple …

The Riskiest and Safest Places to Be in the United States on Thanksgiving

by Anna Breuer

Aside from a few areas that are so remote they might serve as their own NBA bubble that fended off the novel coronavirus as long as they could, the coronavirus has left no stone unturned, no county untouched.  Indeed, only one county in the United States is virus free.
That county, Kalawao County in Hawaii, is where the Kalaupapa settlement is located on the island of Molokai.  The settlement dates back …

A Dr. Fauci Thanksgiving – The Nation’s Top Expert’s Advice on Holiday Travel

by Paul Riegler
A Dr. Fauci Thanksgiving – The Nation’s Top Expert’s Advice on Holiday Travel

If you’re wondering how to have a Covid-19-safe Thanksgiving holiday, you might wish to consider the example of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert and a voice of reason during the pandemic.
Instead, he will be following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,which told Americans “is to celebrate only with people in your own household.”
“Traditional Thanksgiving gatherings with family and friends are fun but …

As College Students Travel Home, Here Are 5 Tips for a Safe Visit

by Anna Breuer

In past years, it was generally assumed that college students would cross over the river and perhaps through the woods to return to their parents’ homes.   This year, amidst a raging pandemic, the visit presents all parties with a series of daunting challenges, namely how to ensure to the extent possible that the college student in question doesn’t bring a coronavirus infection along for the ride and infect parents and …