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Austria Reopens Some Shops, Albeit With Strict Social Distancing Guidelines

Austria Reopens Some Shops, Albeit With Strict Social Distancing Guidelines

Shops in Austria cautiously began to reopen this week as the government loosened its national lockdown.
Bundeskanzler Sebastian Kurz had ordered all non-essential businesses closed last month amidst the coronavirus outbreak.
Health officials there have reported at least 14,159 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 384 deaths. The death rate per million members of the population is 43.
The containment procedures the country put into place appear to be working, Kurz said at a …

American Airlines to Extend Current Elite Status into 2022

American Airlines to Extend Current Elite Status into 2022

America Airlines said Monday that it plans to extend the current elite status of members of its AAdvantage frequent-flyer program through 2022, given the severe decline in travel amidst the current coronavirus pandemic.
Delta Air Lines and United Airlines announced similar plans last week.
This news means that an AAdvantage member’s current elite status will be valid through the end of January 2022.
In addition, the airline said it will lower elite qualifying …

Walt Disney World to Furlough 43,000 Employees

Walt Disney World to Furlough 43,000 Employees

The Walt Disney Company said Monday that it plans to furlough approximately 43,000 employees at Walt Disney World amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Walt Disney World, which opened in 1971, is a complex of several theme parks near Orlando, Florida. Disney World is comprised of four theme parks – Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom – as well as two water parks, 27 resort hotels, nine non-Disney hotels, a …

Austrian Government Issues Travel Warning for the United States in Wake of Coronavirus

Austrian Government Issues Travel Warning for the United States in Wake of Coronavirus

Austria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, officially known as the Bundesministerium für europäische und internationale Angelegenheiten, posted an official travel warning for the entire United States.
“Given the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, and increasing restrictions on freedom of movement, travelers are being urged to avail themselves of the remaining options to return to Europe,” the ministry said to its citizens in a tweet.
The agency included in the tweet a list of …

Marriott to Extend Bonvoy Elite Status into 2022

Marriott to Extend Bonvoy Elite Status into 2022

Marriott International saidit is extending the elite status that Bonvoy members earned in 2019 through March 28, 2022 and extending the expiration of Suite Night Awards from December 31, 2020 by one year.
“We know that when you get back in the air and on the road, your points and status will be important to you,” the hotelier said in a statement.
In addition, Marriott is pausing the expiration of points until …

New York City to Test Bus, Subway, and Railroad Employees for Coronavirus

New York City to Test Bus, Subway, and Railroad Employees for Coronavirus

New York City has begun taking the temperatures of its bus, subway, and train workers, a move necessitated by the number of Metropolitan Transportation Authority employees who have died from the novel coronavirus.
The MTA is stationing crews referred to as “temperature brigades” at 22 locations to take workers’ temperatures.  Anyone with a reading of 100.4° F (38° C) will be sent home.
The temperature brigades will be able to test over …

Hilton DoubleTree Reveals Secret Recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hilton DoubleTree Reveals Secret Recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hilton Worldwide released what up until now has been the top-secret recipe for the chocolate chip cookies its DoubleTree hotels give guests upon arrival.
The hotelier noted that copycat recipes have floated around the Internet for years but were not authentic.
“A warm chocolate chip cookie can’t solve everything, but it can bring a moment of comfort and happiness,” said Shawn McAteer, who heads up the DoubleTree unit at the hotel chain.
The …