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New York City Hits Major Milestone as Offices Reopen, However Quietly

New York City Hits Major Milestone as Offices Reopen, However Quietly

New York City began its next phase of reopening Monday, this includes the reopening of the thousands offices in buildings spread throughout the five boroughs.
While offices in the city will indeed reopen, most employees probably won’t return to them, at least for the immediate future.  Companies will be required to limit office capacity and ensure distance between co-workers.
Indeed, rush hour Monday wasn’t any different than any day in the past …

Coronavirus News: June 20 – WHO Sees ‘New and Dangerous Phase,’ Governator: People Who Politicize Masks Are ‘Morons’

Coronavirus News: June 20 – WHO Sees ‘New and Dangerous Phase,’ Governator: People Who Politicize Masks Are ‘Morons’

The World Health Organization warned on Friday of a “new and dangerous” phase of the coronavirus pandemic, as the number of cases in 81 countries rose.  Only 36 nations saw a decline, and half of the new cases came from the Americas, the head of the group, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said.  The number of new cases on Thursday – over 150,000 – set a record.  He added that, while …

JetBlue to Offer Mint Service From Newark Airport to San Francisco and Los Angeles

JetBlue to Offer Mint Service From Newark Airport to San Francisco and Los Angeles

JetBlue Airways said it plans to offer daily Mint non-stop transcon service linking Newark Liberty International Airport with both San Francisco International and Los Angeles International airports come July.
Mint is the airline’s business-class offering.  It offers passengers a premium cabin with fully lie-flat seats on JetBlue’s Airbus A321s.  Four seats in the cabin are private suites with doors.  The seats in the private suites are 22” wide and extend into …

Coronavirus News: June 18 – N.Y.C. to Enter Phase 2, Canada to Require Fever Checks

Coronavirus News: June 18 – N.Y.C. to Enter Phase 2, Canada to Require Fever Checks

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that New York City is on track to enter the second phase of reopening as soon as Monday, provided there isn’t a new surge of cases there. Phase 2 would allow restaurants to offer outdoor dining, some shops to allow in-store shopping, and barber shops and hair salons to reopen, albeit with social distancing and capacity restrictions. Playgrounds in the city would also reopen, …

WestJet Updates July Scheduling, Doubles Flying from June

WestJet Updates July Scheduling, Doubles Flying from June

WestJet released an updated and expanded July schedule Monday and said it is doubling the amount of flights it will have operated in June, although it will only operate 24% of the number of flights it operated in July 2019.
The Canadian low-cost carrier will serve 45 destinations next month.  This includes 39 in Canada, five in the United States, and one in Mexico.
The schedule calls for six weekly transborder flights …

Coronavirus News: June 15 – Cases Surge Globally, Beijing Under Lockdown, N.Y. Warns of Another Lockdown

Coronavirus News: June 15 – Cases Surge Globally, Beijing Under Lockdown, N.Y. Warns of Another Lockdown

A new spike in cases in a section of Beijing has resulted in part of the city being placed in lockdown.  The new cases were traced to the Xinfadi food market in the south part of the city. The market provides more than 90% of Beijing’s fruits and vegetables according to state media and is nicknamed the “fruit bowl” of the city.
Health officials said that the rate of infection the United …

New LaGuardia Arrivals and Departures Hall to Open Saturday

New LaGuardia Arrivals and Departures Hall to Open Saturday

The new Arrivals and Departures Hall at LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal B – also known as the Central Terminal – is ready for boarding.
Starting Saturday, passengers flying on Air Canada, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines will relocate to brand-new check-in counters, kiosks, and baggage claim areas from the new hall, which connects to the new Eastern Concourse that opened to air passengers on December 1, 2018.
The four-story light-filled Arrivals …