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‘Saturday Night Live’ Roasts the CDC’s New No-Mask Policy

Given that. late last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention somewhat suddenly released new guidance that said that vaccinated people do not have to don face masks indoors and out in most situations, it was inevitable that the late-night television comedy show “Saturday Night Live,” one of the longest-running network television programs in history, would take aim at it.
The show’s cold opening featured Kate McKinnon as Dr. …

Delta to Require New Employees to Get Vaccinated

Delta to Require New Employees to Get Vaccinated

Delta Air Lines will require new employees to get a coronavirus vaccine as a condition of employment
“Any person joining Delta in the future we will mandate to get vaccinated before they can sign up with the company,” said Delta CEO Ed Bastian, in an interview with CNN on Friday.
At the present time, 60% of the Atlanta-based airline’s employees have had at least one inoculation.
Bastian said he would “strong encourage current …

CDC Loosens Face Mask Requirements for Vaccinated Cruise Passengers

CDC Loosens Face Mask Requirements for Vaccinated Cruise Passengers

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Wednesday said it had loosened its requirements for fully vaccinated cruise-ship passengers to wear masks.
The news was announced in an update of its Conditional Sailing Order.
The action allows vaccinated passengers to explore by themselves on shore at points of call.
Passengers “may engage in self-guided or independent exploration during port stops, if they wear a mask while indoors,” the CDC said.
Cruise ship operators …

Airline CEOs on Both Sides of the Pond Call for Summit to Restart Transatlantic Travel

Airline CEOs on Both Sides of the Pond Call for Summit to Restart Transatlantic Travel

The CEOs of five U.S. and UK passenger airlines called on Tuesday for a summit with the governments of both countries to hasten the reopening of transatlantic travel.
“The airline industry needs adequate lead time to establish a plan for restarting air services, including scheduling aircraft and crews for these routes as well as for marketing and selling tickets,” the CEOs of American Airlines, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, …

37 Million People Expected to Hit the Road This Memorial Day

37 Million People Expected to Hit the Road This Memorial Day

If you are heading out on the road or by air to celebrate Memorial Day weekend, you most certainly won’t be alone. Some 37 million Americans will hit the road according to figures released by the Automobile Association of America.
While the figure is 60% greater than the number of people who traveled last year, it is nonetheless six million fewer than pre-pandemic levels. Only 23 million people last year traveled more …

Uber, Lyft to Offer Free Rides to Vaccination Sites Under New White House Partnership

Uber, Lyft to Offer Free Rides to Vaccination Sites Under New White House Partnership

The Biden administration announced a partnership with ride-hailing services Uber Technologies and Lyft Tuesday to make all rides to and from vaccination sites free until July 4.
The move was announced by White House coronavirus coordinator Jeff Zients in a call with state governors and is part of the White House’s efforts to get 70% of the U.S. adult population vaccinated by the holiday.
The new offering will launch in the next two …

U.S.-Bound Travelers Can Use ‘At-Home’ Tests to Meet Requirement for Negative Coronavirus Result

U.S.-Bound Travelers Can Use ‘At-Home’ Tests to Meet Requirement for Negative Coronavirus Result

Travelers heading to the United States from abroad including returning citizens can now use an at-home coronavirus test to meet the requirement for a negative test result before flying, according to new guidance from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention.
The new policy allows travelers to use any at-home nucleic acid amplification or antigen test that has been issued an Emergency Use Authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Individuals …