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Why Outdoor Enclosed Dining is as Risky as Indoor Dining

Since the start of the pandemic, readers of this magazine have seen stories with headlines that included “Why Indoor Dining is So Risky” and “How to Dine Outdoors Safely.” As outdoor temperatures in many parts of the world begin to fall, and restaurateurs who are only permitted outdoor dining adapt their al-fresco ad hoc dining rooms to compensate, dining under the stars may end up being as risky as dining in …

Los Angeles Adopts Strict Stay-at-Home Order as Virus Cases Surge

Los Angeles Adopts Strict Stay-at-Home Order as Virus Cases Surge

Health officials in Los Angeles County issued a temporary and limited stay-at-home order that goes into effect Monday, as the number of new coronavirus infections continued to rise in the region.
“Residents are advised to stay home as much as possible and always wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when they are outside their household and around others,” the county Department of Health said in a statement.
The county’s …

Disney to Lay Off an Additional 4,000 Workers Amidst $6.9 Billion Loss

Disney to Lay Off an Additional 4,000 Workers Amidst $6.9 Billion Loss

Walt Disney Company said it will lay off an additional 4,000 employees in addition to the 28,000 announced last September as it announced a $6.9 billion loss for fiscal year 2020.
The action comes as theme parks continue to face significant operational restrictions in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
The pandemic has caused some Disney parks, such as Disneyland in Anaheim, to remain shuttered while others such as Walt Disney World …

Shanghai Dethrones London as World’s Most Connected City as Coronavirus Shakes Up International Travel

Shanghai Dethrones London as World’s Most Connected City as Coronavirus Shakes Up International Travel

Move over, London. The title of the world’s most connected city amidst the coronavirus pandemic is Shanghai, according to the International Air Transport Association.
A new report from IATA says that the number of cities connected directly by air service was 36% below pre-pandemic levels at the end of last month.
“The dramatic shift demonstrates the scale at which the world’s connectivity has been re-ordered over the last months,” said Sebastian Mikosz, a …

Delta Plans ‘Quarantine-Free’ Flights from the U.S. to Italy

Delta Plans ‘Quarantine-Free’ Flights from the U.S. to Italy

Delta Air Lines announced plans to offer “quarantine-free” flights from the United States to Italy, opening up a route closed by the outbreak of the novel coronavirus earlier in the year.
The program, for which Delta is partnering with Aeroporti di Roma and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport, involves three coronavirus tests, namely a PCR, or polymerase chain reaction test, 72 hours prior to departure, a rapid test at the airport in Atlanta …

United Airlines to Offer At-Home Covid-19 Tests for Latin American, Caribbean Destinations

United Airlines to Offer At-Home Covid-19 Tests for Latin American, Caribbean Destinations

United Airlines announced it would offer travelers flying from George Bush Intercontinental Airport to ten destinations in the Caribbean and Latin America a coronavirus home testing option that meets local entry requirements.
“Widespread testing is key to unlocking international borders and safely reopening global travel,” said Toby Enqvist, the airline’s chief customer officer.
The program will support Aruba; Belize City, Belize; Guatemala City, Guatemala; Lima; Nassau, Bahamas; Panama City, Panama; and three …

Alaska Air to Add 13 Boeing 737 Max Jets to its Fleet

Alaska Air to Add 13 Boeing 737 Max Jets to its Fleet

Alaska Airlines said it was adding 13 new Boeing 737 Max aircraft to its fleet while simultaneously selling ten of its Airbus A320s.
The move comes shortly after the Federal Aviation Administration gave the green light for the beleaguered plane to return to the skies.
The airline currently has 51 A320s in the fleet, all inherited in the course of its acquisition of Virgin America several years ago.
Alaska will lease the new …