Using These Disinfectants from Clorox, Lysol, Purell Will Combat the Coronavirus, Says EPA

by Jeremy Del Nero

The Environmental Protection Agency released a list of disinfectants that can be used to fight the coronavirus.
Germs can live on surfaces for days so wiping down surfaces on airplanes such as tray tables, touch screens, door handles, buttons, and faucets is particularly important. The same goes for armrests and the back of the seat in front of you in a theater, and the table at a food hall or fast-food restaurant.
One …

Theater Review: ‘My Fair Lady’ is ‘Wunderschön’ at Vienna’s Volksoper

by Jonathan Spira

Considering that Shaw’s “Pygmalion” – one of the most erudite comedies in the English language – had its world premier at Vienna’s Burgtheater, the staging of Lerner and Loewe’s “My Fair Lady” – which is based on the play – in Vienna should not be surprising.  Indeed, while the first musical whose cassette tape I listened to incessantly as a child was “Hello, Dolly!” with Carol Channing, the second was …

Daylight Saving Time for 2020 to Start This Sunday in the U.S.

by Paul Riegler

Even after a winter that was the warmest on record,people are still ready for spring to arrive. One sign of spring is the arrival of Daylight Saving Time, which starts this Sunday, March 8, at 2 a.m. local time in most parts of the United States and Canada.
Clocks should be set ahead by one hour.
In the European Union, Summer Time (called British Summer Time, or BST, in the United Kingdom …

Great Moments in Travel History – March 2020

by Jesse Sokolow

March, now the third month of the year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars, was the first month of the Roman calendar as recently as 2,173 years ago. As a result, many cultures continue to celebrate the new year in March.
The month takes its name from Martius, the first month of the earliest Roman calendar, named after the Roman god Mars. It was one of the original 31-day months …

Flight Review: WestJet Premium Class New York-LaGuardia – Toronto

by Jonathan Spira

With apologies to another North American airline, the friendly skies may also be found at WestJet, Canada’s second largest carrier. From my telephone call to the reservations center, where I spoke with an agent, Pam, who – despite my lack of status with the airline – treated me like a valued passenger and customer, to the gate agent with the engaging smile, it was a refreshing change.
My flight – a …

Theater Review: ‘The Woman in Black’ at McKittrick Hotel

by Jonathan Spira

Some 30 years ago, theatergoers in London started flocking to see “The Woman in Black,” Stephen Mallatratt’s sparse adaptation of Susan Hill’s 1983 novella. They are still attending in force and the show is one of only three in the history of New York and London theater that have hit that mark, namely Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap,” which having been performed daily in London since 1952 is the world’s longest-running …

Expert Q&A: Addressing Traveler Concerns About the Coronavirus – ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go?’

by Jesse Sokolow

The daily dispatches from Hong Kong and Wuhan and Beijing about Covid-19, the official name for the novel coronavirus that seemingly sprung out of nowhere in Wuhan, China, are nowhere near an end. Travel is down in some instances by over 90%, and thousands of people are under quarantine after possible exposure to the virus.  This leaves travelers – be they business or leisure – wondering, should I stay or …