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San Francisco Hotel Helps Fire Refugees

San Francisco Hotel Helps Fire Refugees

A hotel in San Francisco is offering refugees from the fires in the Northern California area a place to go.
The Handlery Union Square Hotel San Francisco, which opened in 1928 as the Hotel Stewart under different owners, was reflagged in 1948 when the Handlery family purchased it that year.
The Stewart billed itself in early ads as ‘Down-Town Close to Everything Worth While.”  An early breakfast menu, likely from the 1930s, …

San Francisco to Require Full Vaccination Status for Restaurants, Gyms, Is First Major City to Do So

San Francisco to Require Full Vaccination Status for Restaurants, Gyms, Is First Major City to Do So

San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced that the city will require anyone wishing to dine in a restaurant, use a fitness center, or visit an indoor venue such as a museum or theater to be fully vaccinated as of August 20.
Employees of such venues must be fully vaccinated as of October 13.
“Vaccines are our way out of the pandemic, and our way back to a life where we can be …

Coronavirus News Update – August 3: Louisiana and San Francisco Bay Area Institute Mask Mandates

Coronavirus News Update – August 3: Louisiana and San Francisco Bay Area Institute Mask Mandates

Louisiana, seven San Francisco Bay Area counties, and Berkeley will reinstitute face mask mandates this week.  New York City demurred, settling for a strong recommendation to don a mask indoors. The move followed last week’s guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for all people in counties with high or substantial risk of transmission to wear masks in indoor public venues.
The move comes on the heels of last …

Coronavirus News Update – August 1: Demand for Jabs Rises in States with Low Vaccination Rates

Coronavirus News Update – August 1: Demand for Jabs Rises in States with Low Vaccination Rates

Growing numbers of people, in states where low vaccination demand left entire regions susceptible to the current surges in new coronavirus cases, are being vaccinated.
On Friday, the White House said that over half a million individuals were inoculated for the first time, the highest number since July 1.  Moreover, the average number of people receiving their first shots is up 30% on a daily basis over the past week, which …

United Airlines Adds 150 New Flights to ‘Warm Weather’ Destinations to Winter Schedule

United Airlines Adds 150 New Flights to ‘Warm Weather’ Destinations to Winter Schedule

United Airlines announced the addition of almost 150 new flights to what it termed “warm-weather cities” come winter.
The additions are part of the airline’s preparations for a return to normalcy in air travel.
“United has prepared for the return of air travel for more than a year, matching its flying schedule and aircraft availability to demand by maintaining close coordination between its network planning teams and the airline’s operating groups,” it …

Airlines Increase Flights to Germany as Country Reopens

Airlines Increase Flights to Germany as Country Reopens

The announcement late last week that Germany would reopen its borders to American tourists was followed by news from U.S. and international carriers that they would increase flights to various German cities.
Hundreds of flights were cut starting in February 2020 amidst the coronavirus pandemic-induced downturn in travel.
Deutsche Lufthansa said it would increase the number of flights offered from the United States as well as increase the number of destinations, in …

Woman Injured in Shooting Outside Grand Hyatt at San Francisco Airport

Woman Injured in Shooting Outside Grand Hyatt at San Francisco Airport

A woman was shot Monday night outside the Grand Hyatt hotel at San Francisco International Airport in what appears to have been an attempted carjacking.
In a statement, the San Francisco Police Department said it had responded a shooting on the roadway in front of the hotel shortly before 8 p.m. local time and that the suspect had fled the scene.
A witness to the shooting said on Twitter that it had …