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As Borders Reopen, EU Remains Closed to U.S. Visitors

As Borders Reopen, EU Remains Closed to U.S. Visitors

The European Union will allow visitors from 15 countries starting July 1 but will not admit those from the United States, Russia, or Brazil.
The list of approved countries included Australia, Canada and New Zealand, while travelers from China will be permitted if China reciprocates
Many view the decision as a strong rebuke of Trump administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Admittance will be determined the traveler’s country of residence, not nationality, officials …

The Musical ‘Six’ to be Performed in Drive-In Spaces Across the U.K.

The Musical ‘Six’ to be Performed in Drive-In Spaces Across the U.K.

Centurion Award winner “Six” will become the first West End musical to return to the stage this summer, albeit in a very different fashion.  Because theaters in the United Kingdom remain closed during the pandemic, the show will perform at open-air sites with the audience seated in their vehicles,  in the manner of a drive-in theater.
Using two casts, “Six” will be performed in 12 open-air venues across Britain.  Each drive-in …

U.K. Plans Air Bridges with Many European Countries

U.K. Plans Air Bridges with Many European Countries

The United Kingdom plans to exempt travelers from multiple European countries from its 14-day self-quarantine rules come summer.  The exemption will come from so-called “air bridge” agreements with other countries that will allow travelers from the two countries to visit the other.
U.K. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said that air bridges would only be formed with countries that have a coronavirus test and trace system that follows the same standards used …

Ireland to Quarantine Visitors from the U.K.

Ireland to Quarantine Visitors from the U.K.

Officials in Ireland said they plan to place a quarantine on British travelers come July because of the country’s “significantly poorer” response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The move comes as the country is removing restrictions from other countries starting next month.
Current rules call for visitors to Ireland to remain quarantined for 14 days as part of an effort to prevent the spread of the virus into the country.  Ireland has seen …

Coronavirus News: June 22 – Cases Rise in 18 States, Germany’s R0 Rate Jumps to 2.88

Coronavirus News: June 22 – Cases Rise in 18 States, Germany’s R0 Rate Jumps to 2.88

The critical R0 figure in Germany rose from 1.79 to 2.88 in one day, according to the Robert-Koch-Institut.  A few days earlier it had been below 1.0.  R0, pronounced “r naught,” is a mathematical term that indicates how contagious an infectious disease is.  Based on a seven-day average, the reproduction rate jumped to 2.03, according to RKI statistics from Sunday.
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Europe Reopens to Visitors, But Americans Aren’t Invited

Much of Europe will undergo a grand reopening of sorts on Monday and Tuesday as these two days mark when a multiple countries will reopen their borders.  But the list of countries whose citizens will be admitted is quite limited in some cases and varies greatly from land to land.
Indeed, June 15 marks the official date for border controls between Schengen member states to be lifted, although each country will …

British Airways to Sell Corporate Art Collection in Bid to Stay Afloat

British Airways to Sell Corporate Art Collection in Bid to Stay Afloat

British Airways said it will sell its corporate art collection, estimated to be worth millions, in an effort to stay in business.
The airline has an extensive collection of art by mostly British artists, including works by Damien Hirst and Peter Doig.  One work by Doig is worth well over £1 million ($1.26 million).  Many of the works have been on display in its airport lounges for decades.  BA has reportedly …