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New York City Vaccine Passport for Restaurants, Fitness Centers, Museums, and Theaters Now Being Enforced

New York City Vaccine Passport for Restaurants, Fitness Centers, Museums, and Theaters Now Being Enforced

Starting this week, New York City will be enforcing its vaccine passport rules for a variety of venues in the Big Apple.
Diners at restaurants and cafes as well as members of fitness centers, theatergoers, and visitors to museums and other cultural institutions have been showing proof of vaccination to enter since mid-August, but the official enforcement in the city only began Monday.  The policy also applies to guests at hotels …

Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 10: New York City Orders Municipal Workforce Back to the Office

Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 10: New York City Orders Municipal Workforce Back to the Office

New York City will require its entire municipal workforce of 300,000 people to return to work next Monday, the same day that students return to the city’s public schools.  The city is not offering any hybrid or remote work options.
City workers will have to be vaccinated against the coronavirus or submit to weekly tests and masks will be required indoors.  Social distancing will be mandatory when interacting with the public.
As …

New York City Plans Curbside EV Charging Stations

New York City Plans Curbside EV Charging Stations

New York City is planning to offer thousands of curbside public charging stations for electric vehicles and is currently rolling out a pilot program to test the concept.
PlugNYC, the program being operated as a partnership between the city, Con Edison, and Flo, an operator of EV charging infrastructure.
The city will install 34 stations for a total of 100 connectors across the five boroughs, as well as four stations with 20 …

One Week After Ida, Damage, Death Tolls from Hurricane Ida Continue to Mount

One Week After Ida, Damage, Death Tolls from Hurricane Ida Continue to Mount

Nearly one week after Hurricane Ida first made landfall, states as far apart as New York and Louisiana are still grappling with the aftermath.
Ida’s initial blow, accompanied by sustained winds of 150 mph (245 km/h), struck Louisiana on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, but it saved its most destructive strike for its finale, triggering historic flooding, destructive winds, and tornadoes in the Northeast.
Central Park saw a record 3.15” (8 …

Amtrak Northeast Corridor Service Resumes After Ida, But Disruptions Remain in the Region

Amtrak Northeast Corridor Service Resumes After Ida, But Disruptions Remain in the Region

The storm that pummeled the New York City area on Wednesday brought virtually all forms of transit to a halt after flooding airports, subway stations and submerging buses – with their passengers inside.
Amtrak announced that service along the Northeast Corridor including the high-speed Acela train, operating between Washington, D.C. and Boston, would resume Friday, but the nation’s rail operator said that all trains between Albany and New York City would …

‘Do Not Venture Out’: Ida Pummels New York City Area, Triggers First-Ever Flash Flood Alert

‘Do Not Venture Out’: Ida Pummels New York City Area, Triggers First-Ever Flash Flood Alert

What was once Hurricane Ida charged into the New York City area and unloaded an historic deluge. Ida’s remnants triggered the  first-ever ‘flash flood emergency’ in New York City as well as states of emergency in New Jersey. Central Park received 3.15” of precipitation in a single hour, the most on record.
The storm brought the city’s subway service to a halt, left hundreds if not thousands of cars stranded on …

Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 1: Cases Cross 40 Million Mark, Ireland to End Pandemic-Era Restrictions

Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 1: Cases Cross 40 Million Mark, Ireland to End Pandemic-Era Restrictions

Ireland, which has had one of Europe’s longest coronavirus lockdowns, will end almost all pandemic-era restrictions in October, provided the country continues in the direction it is currently heading.  The move follows one of EU’s most successful vaccine rollouts, Prime Minister Michael Martin said.
As of Wednesday morning, the world has recorded 218.9 million Covid-19 cases and 4.54 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 195.6 million …